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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 December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.