LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis is a partner in the Tampa office. LaKisha has extensive experience representing private and public sector employers of all sizes and across several industries including hospitality, retail, healthcare, education, public housing, and technology. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, litigating collective and class actions as well as single-plaintiff claims, providing day-to-day advice on workplace issues, defending charges before administrative agencies, developing and reviewing handbooks, and offering preventive strategies through training and risk assessments before and after lawsuits.
LaKisha has appeared before various state and federal courts to defend claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Family & Medical Leave Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, and other federal and state employment laws. She has also developed a niche in the education setting and regularly appears before administrative and state agencies to defend claims arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. LaKisha also advises educational professionals on issues arising under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Title IX.
LaKisha is very active in her local community and uses her involvement to bridge connections between her professional passions and love for volunteer work. She is a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tampa Class of 2018 and Women of Influence Committee, a Board Member of The Spring of Tampa Bay, a Community Action Coordinator with the Junior League of Tampa, Vice Chair of Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Member of the Federal Bar Association’s Special Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, and National Legal Advisor for Jack and Jill of America. She also gives of her time to various local voluntary bar associations in the Tampa community.
LaKisha is a 2002 graduate from Florida A & M University and 2005 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While in law school, LaKisha was a member of the prestigious Corboy Trial Team and Thurgood Marshall Moot Court team. She also interned for the Honorable Stuart A. Nudelman (retired).
Honors & Leadership
- Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa, Class of 2018 & WOI Committee
- Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member and Leadership Institute Class of 2012
- George Edgecomb Bar Association, At-Large Member
- Network of Executive Women, Member
- Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, Member
- Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Vice Chair of Gender Equality
- Federal Bar Association, Member of Special Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion
- The Spring of Tampa Bay, Board Member
- Jack and Jill of America, National Legal Advisor
- The Junior League of Tampa, Community Action Coordinator
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Member
- National Employment Council, Member
- New Partners Include Over 45% Women12.20.19
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- National Business Institute - Mini Law School for HR Professionals (Upcoming, June 5, 2019)
- LRP School Attorneys Conference - Battle of the Experts: Effectively Using and Challenging Experts in Special Education Litigation (2019)
- Navigating the Aftermath of a Storm: An Overview of Common Post-Disaster Employment Law Issues, The Checkoff, Vol. LVIII, No. 2, December 2018
- National Business Institute – Employment Law 2018 Comprehensive Guide (2018)
- Florida Bar Public Employment Labor Relations Forum - Labor and Employment Considerations in Emergency Management, Before, During and After the Storm (2018)
- Florida Public Employees Labor Association Annual Training Conference (2018) – Navigating the Aftermath of a Storm: Common Post-Natural Disaster Employment Law Issues Facing Florida Public Employers.
- National Business Institute – The Anatomy of an Effective 504 Plan Reviews and Reevaluations: Legal Best Practices (2017)
- The Birth of Certainty: Florida Supreme Court Rules Pregnancy Discrimination is an Unlawful Employment Practice under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, The Checkoff, Vol. LIV No. 1, September 2014
- Loyola University Chicago School of LawJ.D., 2005
- Florida A & M UniversityB.S., 2002 with honors
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida