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Mr. Hearing

Gregory A. Hearing

Shareholder, GrayRobinson

Gregory Hearing has focused his law practice on management labor and employment for his entire career. He represents local and national management clients in a variety of matters before courts, arbitrators, and state and federal administrative agencies.

Mr. Hearing became Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar the year the board certification became available. He is also Board Certified in Civil Trial and Education Law by The Florida Bar. He has earned an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, is recognized as a member of the Hall of Fame in Florida's "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine and has been named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Florida by Super Lawyers several times. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication since 2006 and was named their Lawyer of the Year for Management Labor and Employment Law in Tampa in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

In November 2011, Mr. Hearing was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to a 5-year term as a member of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and served as its Vice-Chair and Chair in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Mr. Hearing serves on the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar and served as its Chair in 2011-2012.Mr. Hearing was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow in 2011 and serves as Chair of its Eleventh Circuit Credentials Committee. Mr. Hearing is a frequent lecturer and has authored many papers on labor and employment related topics.

As an active member of the community, Mr. Hearing is involved in many civic endeavors. He serves as a Trustee of The University of the South, where he attended undergraduate school. He is also a current member of the St. John's Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees and has been Vice Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (Labor & Employment) since 1991.  

Please visit http://www.gray-robinson.com for more information.

Mr. Hearing can be contacted at +1 813-273-5082 or gregory.hearing@gray-robinson.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.