Chairman Frank E. Brown was appointed effective July 1, 2013, by Governor Rick Scott. Chairman Brown brings to the Commission twenty-five years of labor and employment law and litigation experience in both the public and private sectors, working at such firms as Carlton Fields, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Zinober & McCrea, P.A., and MacFarlane, Ferguson and McMullen, P.A. He graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1983 and Florida State University College of Law in 1987. He has been recognized as a peer-selected outstanding practitioner in a number of publications, including Best Lawyers In America, Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite,” Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers For Business, Tampa Bay Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” and Martindale-Hubbell. He has been board certified by The Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law since the certification was first established in 2001.
Chairman Brown has extensive substantive law and litigation experience across a broad spectrum of labor and employment subject areas, including reemployment assistance law, equal employment opportunity law, wage and hour law, employee benefits law, collective bargaining law, employment contract law, and civil rights law. He has tried dozens of employment and civil rights cases in court or arbitration, and numerous administrative hearings. He also presided over hundreds of administrative hearings during a decade as counsel to the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board.
Chairman Brown has devoted a significant portion of his time to legal scholarship, writing and education, with emphasis on civil discovery, employee benefits, and wage and hour law. He has given over 50 continuing legal education presentations for the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and other sponsors. He has served as a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section since 2002 and has served in numerous positions for the Section, currently serving as Chairman for the 2015-16 bar year.