Mr. Cabassa is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in labor and employment law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995 after graduating with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. Mr. Cabassa graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial Labor Relations in 1992.
Since 1997, Mr. Cabassa has limited his legal practice to matters arising out of the employment relationship. During this time, Mr. Cabassa has represented employers and employees in all stages of litigation in federal and state courts throughout Florida. Mr. Cabassa has published a number of professional articles and routinely lectures regarding employment law topics in Florida and across the country.
Mr. Cabassa served on the Board Certification Committee for the Labor and Employment Section of the Florida Bar, where he was responsible for reviewing candidates for Board Certification and preparing the certification exam. Mr. Cabassa served as Chairperson for the Employment Law Committee for the TIPS Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Cabassa is a co-founder of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association, and previously served as the organization's first President. Mr. Cabassa was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on a local committee charged with investigating allegations related to the unauthorized practice of law. Mr. Cabassa served as President of the Board of Directors of Bay Area Legal Services, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Warrick Dunn Foundation, the America Prepaid Legal Institute and the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida.
Mr. Cabassa has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, a member of the Federal Practice Committee of the Florida Bar, and Chairperson for the Labor and Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Mr. Cabassa has received an AV rating, the highest rating for a lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. Only about 2 out of 10 lawyers earn this rating. The "AV" rating identifies a lawyer and firm with very high to preeminent legal ability and is the highest reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. Mr. Cabassa has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer in Employment Law denoting status as one of the top five percent of Florida's lawyers and as a member of the Legal Elite in Employment Law by Florida Trend Magazine representing approximately two percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Mr. Cabassa is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, law professors and legal scholars whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and leadership in and contribution to the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one-third of one percent of all lawyers in America, with members being nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.
Personal Information: Mr. Cabassa was born in Lisbon, Portugal and raised in Miami, Florida. He is married to Angela Cabassa and has two children (Carter and Tyler). Mr. Cabassa enjoys spending time with his family, shooting sporting clays, and cheering on the Florida State Seminoles.
Author: "The Family Medical Leave Act - Ten Years Later," Volume No.9, The Florida Bar Journal, October 2003. Member, Labor and Employment, Tort and Insurance Trial Practice Sections.
Bar Fellowship: Chair-Elect, Employment Law and Litigation Committee, TIPS Section; Board of Directors American Prepaid Legal Services, Labor and Employment Section); Puerto Rican Bar Association (Regional Vice President); The Florida Bar (Labor and Employment Certification Committee, Labor and Employment Section; Federal Practice Committee, 2003-2007; Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, 2005-2007); Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association (President and Co-Founder); J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court.
(Board Certified, Labor and Employment Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)