Suzanne K. Bogdan: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Suzanne K. Bogdan

Regional Managing Partner
Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone(954) 847-4705

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act - ADEA
  • College and University Law
  • Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • Education Law
  • Title IX
  • Education Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Manager Training
  • School Law
  • Sexual Harassment
University Barry University, Miami, FL, B.L.S., with honors, 1998
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, J.D., summa cum laude, 1991
Admitted1991, Florida; 1992, Tennessee; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; 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 Southern District of Florida

Professional Activities

General Counsel to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
Member, Florida Bar Education Law Committee and its Editorial Board
Member, Broward Bar Association
Member, Corporate Member, National Association of Independent SchoolsMember, Florida Bar Education Law Committee and its Editorial Board
Member, Broward Bar Association
Member, Corporate Member, National Association of Independent Schools


Suzanne Bogdan is the managing partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. She handles all types of employment-related matters, including claims for age, race, sex, disability, religious, and national origin discrimination arising under the various civil rights laws, as well as claims involving family leave issues, wage hour matters, and breach of contract.

Suzanne's practice includes preventive counseling, training, audits, policy reviews, drafting of contracts, defense of claims in the administrative setting, and litigation in all courts.

Suzanne is also the Chair of the firm's Education Practice Group, actively representing more than 100 private educational institutions in employee, student, and board issues.

Suzanne also works with many of the accrediting agencies and school associations, including the National Association of Independent Schools and the Florida Council of Independent Schools.

Suzanne is a frequent presenter to both educational and corporate associations on all aspects of employment law and risk management in the employment context. She is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized as a South Florida Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide .

Suzanne was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014 and she was included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders.

Suzanne K. Bogdan was recognized in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the “Top Lawyers” in South Florida. She also received the Chair's Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Chamber's Annual Meeting for her outstanding contributions to the Chamber.


Six Attorneys from Fisher & Phillips Fort Lauderdale Office Named in South Florida Top Rated Lawyers
October 4, 2012

Fisher & Phillips LLP Named Top South Florida Law Firm
September 23, 2009


Who's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?
August 14, 2014

Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence
March 15, 2010

Bong Hits 4 Jesus What Can a Private School Learn from a Free Speech Case?
May 1, 2007

Legal Alerts
New Florida Statute Requires Schools To Provide Information About Sex Offenders
June 16, 2014

Quotes and Soundbites
Appointment Emphasizes Fisher & Phillips LLP Commitment To Developing Leaders
January 27, 2014

Suzanne Bogdan Offered Insight On Anti-Bullying Laws In The Daily Business Review
January 13, 2014

Girl's Suicide Teaches us that Parents Must be Digital Guardians
October 20, 2013

Cyberbullying: Should Schools Police Students' Social Media Accounts?
September 17, 2013

5 Questions To Ask When A Worker's Facebook Post Stings
November 2, 2011

Newsletter Articles
If You Didn't Write It Down, It Didn't Happen
July 1, 2014

Who's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?
July 1, 2014

Time For Your School's Annual Checkup
October 1, 2013

Are Your Enrollment Agreements Creating More Liability Than Revenue?
July 1, 2013

Employment Contracts - Who Needs Them And What Needs To Be In Them?
January 2, 2013

Give Generously, Keep It Legally
January 2, 2013

Has Your School Had a Check Up Recently?
October 1, 2012

Compensation and Benefits Checkup
April 2, 2012

Avoiding Unemployment Claims For Summer Break
April 2, 2012

Oh, The Tangled Web: Avoiding Liability for Employees' Off-Campus Activities With School Students
April 1, 2011

The New School Year: Three Challenges Schools Will Face
October 1, 2010

Legal Considerations For Tough Economic Times
January 1, 2010

A Refresher Course On FMLA Leaves
April 1, 2009

Tough Economic Times Mean Tough Decisions for Schools
January 1, 2009


2015 NAIS Annual Conference
February 26, 2015

2015 NBOA and NBOA Annual Meeting
February 25, 2015

2014 NBOA and NBOA Annual Meeting
March 4, 2014

2014 NAIS Annual Conference
February 26, 2014

Florida Independent Colleges and Universities Risk Management Association Annual Conference - Orlando, FL
June 24, 2013

Student Interactions: Respect the Boundaries or Pay the Price
January 11, 2012

My Space, Your Space, Our Space: Managing Technology Issues in Schools - National Harbor, MD
February 23, 2011

Don't Be Handicapped When Dealing with Student Disabilities - Washington, D.C.
February 21, 2011

Hiring and Growing Great Teachers and Staff,
MidSouth Business Officers Association,

Legal Issues in the Admissions Process,
Florida Council of Independent Schools, Admissions Officers

Bullying and Cyberbullying,
Broward County Non-Public School Association


Leadership Broward, Class XXIII graduate
Member of Leadership Broward's Business Day Committee

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Employee Has No Right To Jury Trial: Court Enforces Company's Arbitration Agreement; Florida Federal Court Finds no Jurisdiction for Christian School Teacher Fired for Religious Reasons; University of Miami Prevails in Years-long Litigation; Reported Cases; Allocco v. City of Coral Gables and University of Miami, 221 F. Supp. 2d 1317 (S.D. Fla. 2002); Jallali v. Barry University, 167 F.3d 540 (11th Cir. 1998)

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If You Didn't Write It Down, It Didn't Happen
Suzanne K. Bogdan, July 15, 2014
As education and employment lawyers, we experience schools’ collective challenges at a far greater rate than any individual institution. This year, the issue that schools have struggled with most is the failure to document employee-performance challenges, leading to a higher risk in making...

Who's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?
Suzanne K. Bogdan, July 15, 2014
An administrator’s nightmare is receiving a phone call that an individual on the sex offender’s list has harmed a child within the school. To avoid this horrible situation, schools now regularly check the criminal backgrounds of employees of the institution. Many states and accrediting...

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Suzanne K. Bogdan

450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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