William E. Grob, Partner at Oglegree Deakins
Bill Grob focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law representing management. He has served as lead trial counsel in cases in federal and state courts, and has extensive experience as lead counsel in a variety of labor and employment matters, including numerous collective actions, involving wage/hour and overtime litigation, race discrimination, disability discrimination, leave issues and harassment. Much of Bill’s practice involves representing professional sports teams and organizations, theme parks, entertainment venues and organizations, metropolitan transit organizations, staffing companies, manufacturers, healthcare companies, restaurants, and employee leasing companies. Bill also regularly enforces and defends non-compete covenants, litigates trade secret matters, including obtaining injunctions and TROs, and handles employment issues across the country. Bill serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, coordinating efforts and resources with attorneys across the country to serve clients more effectively and efficiently. Bill has also been a featured speaker at numerous employment and education law-related seminars for managers and organizations throughout Florida and the Southeast.
Bill also enjoys serving the legal and local community. In 2018, Bill was asked to serve as one of the only out of state members of the Georgia State University College of Law Board of Visitors, and continues to serve in that capacity. Since 2019, Bill has served on the Advisory Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, serving children in need of medical care throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Bill currently serves as Legislative Chair for the Board of Suncoast HR Management Association. Bill formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, was past Legislative Director for HR Tampa, and is the former Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Bill is also a past recipient of the CareerSource Polk Workforce Champion Award — presented for improving the quality of workforce services in Central Florida. Bill has also been recognized for multiple workshops he and his team have presented to community business leaders on topics including wage and hour and overtime litigation, race and disability discrimination, leave issues, harassment issues and more.
Before graduating from high school, Bill worked with his father in the family business involving the sales and reconditioning of athletic equipment. After college, Bill worked in human resource management and business operations for approximately five years. During law school he served as a law clerk for the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals, and he worked in the labor and employment section of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office of General Counsel in Atlanta.