Steven M. Bernstein

Regional Managing Partner

Tampa Office

(813) 769-7513 phone
(813) 769-7501 fax
(813) 777-3081 cell

Steve Bernstein is managing partner of the firm's Tampa office. He also serves as a Chair of the firm’s Associate Development and Retention Committee. 

Steve maintains a traditional labor practice in which he represents employers throughout the United States in both state and federal courts, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal agencies.

In the process, Steve has played a primary role in advising clients on union-related matters. Steve has also acquired a sophisticated level of experience with regard to advising clients on compliance with the WARN Act, USERRA, the FMLA, and the ADA.

A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the implementation of preventive employee relations programs that include supervisory training as well as the development and administration of effective human resources policies and practices.

Previously, Steve worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and with the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Labor Committee.

Representative Work

Federal Judge Denies NLRB Petition for Section 10(j) Relief Against Dealership

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Activities

Past President, Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
Treasurer, Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Co-Chair to the Labor & Employment Section of the Hillsborough Bar Association
Member, ABA Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation, Subcommittee on USERRA.
Member, Suncoast Automotive Accountants Association
Chief Editor, Florida Employment Law Manual


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Eight Attorneys Included in Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
June 11, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Named Outstanding Labor and Employment Law School Student by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar
Listed by the Labor Relations Institute (LRI) as one of the "Top 100 Labor Attorneys" in the U.S. since 2006
"AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2011
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2012 and Florida Super Lawyers since 2012
Named one of the "People to Know" in Tampa/Hillsborough County by Florida Trend in 2014


Protect Yourself from a Protest
December 10, 2014

Is a New NLRB Sheriff Coming to Town?
September 10, 2013

NLRB: How Senate Compromise Could Adversely Affect Employers
August 7, 2013

The NLRB's New Focus: Non-Union Employers
July 1, 2013

Labor Organizing Changes Should Trigger Internal Policy Review
March 28, 2012

Latest NMB Rulemaking — Shape Of Things To Come?
November 18, 2009

Containing Your Workers' Compensation Costs: Construction Workers' Compensation
July 24, 2007

"State Efforts to Reduce Unfunded Liability by Limiting Collective Bargaining – The Shape of Things to Come?"
Aspatore Special Report, The Impact of Limiting Collective Bargaining Rights, An In-Depth Look at the Pros and Cons of State Efforts to Restrict Collective Bargaining Rights

"The NLRB's Boeing Dreamliner Complaint: A Tangled Web of Legal and Political Controversy"
The Air & Space Lawyer - Volume 21, Number 2

Legal Alerts

Will Your Workers Go On Strike On November 10? What You Need To Know
November 6, 2015

NLRB Starts Down The Slippery Slope With Controversial New Joint Employer Ruling
August 28, 2015

NLRB Sacks College Football Player Union Organizing Drive
August 17, 2015

NLRB Finalizes Quickie Election Rules for April Implementation
December 12, 2014

Florida Minimum Wage Rising To $8.05
December 2, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down NLRB Recess Appointments
June 26, 2014

It's Back – NLRB Revives Quickie Election Rule That May Soon Be Here to Stay
February 5, 2014

NLRB Issues Landmark Decision for Auto Dealers
June 8, 2005

Quotes and Soundbites

NLRB's Miscimarra Lays Path For Handbook Rule Challenges
April 18, 2016

Challengers: Labor Dept. Rule Redefines 'Attorney-Client Confidentiality'
April 14, 2016

Cash-Strapped NLRB Could Be More Flexible On Settlements
March 30, 2016

DOL Rule Could Persuade Management Not to Seek Legal
March 23, 2016

‘Persuader Rule' Constricts Communications with Workers About Unions
March 23, 2016

Supreme Court Pick Garland's Track Record Less Friendly to Business
March 22, 2016

Merrick Garland's Pro-Labor Rulings Run Deep on D.C. Circuit
March 16, 2016

Attorneys Weigh in on Obama's Supreme Court Pick
March 16, 2016

Supreme Court Pick has Long Pro-Union History
March 16, 2016

Obama's Union-Friendly Supreme Court Nominee
March 15, 2016

Proceed with Caution Around 'Fight for $15' Strikes
November 19, 2015

Big Labor's Unlikely Hope: Antonin Scalia
November 16, 2015

Fight for $15 Movement
November 9, 2015

Circuit Court Backs NLRB On Social Media Conduct, Voids Handbook Provision
November 9, 2015

The 4 Biggest Questions Facing Traditional Labor Attys
September 17, 2015

What the NLRB Joint Staffing Decision Means for Healthcare
September 3, 2015

NLRB Raises Many Issues as it Broadens Joint Employer Standard
September 2, 2015

Gauging the Impact of Browning-Ferris
August 31, 2015

Analysis: NLRB Ruling Could Upset Franchise Businesses
August 31, 2015

Labor Board Ruling Will Create Major Confusion in Disputes: Critics
August 29, 2015

NLRB Ruling Could Shake Up Healthcare Staffing Industry
August 28, 2015

Union Organization Eased Under NLRB's Broader Definition of ‘Joint Employer'
August 28, 2015

Bye-Bye Ronald
August 28, 2015

4 Things To Know About The NLRB's Joint-Employer Decision
August 28, 2015

Northwestern Football Players' Unionization Drive Halted
August 18, 2015

NLRB Sacks Northwestern Football Players' Unionizing Drive
August 17, 2015

Employees May Not Have to Keep Quiet About Investigations
August 13, 2015

Labor Board: Employer Cannot Say Union Could Hurt Business
August 6, 2015

4 NLRB Cases To Watch As Clock Ticks On Johnson's Term
August 5, 2015

With Union Petitions Up, Get Your Message Out…Now!
June 8, 2015

Union Elections Swell in ‘Ambush' Era
June 2, 2015

Summer Dress Codes Are Best Approached With Specifics, Consistency, Practitioners Say
May 29, 2015

NLRB May Legitimize Union Fees in Right-to-Work States
May 5, 2015

Aggressive New Federal Labor Rules on Employee Speech Leave Companies Baffled
April 19, 2015

Businesses Seek Guidance on New Labor Board Rule
April 17, 2015

Employers Brace For Impact Of New NLRB Election Rule
April 14, 2015

5 States That Could Be The Next 'Right To Work' Hot Spots
March 10, 2015

NLRB GC Changes Arbitration Rules for Employers, Unions
February 23, 2015

Bill Would Add Sixth Member to NLRB
January 30, 2015

NLRB's Email Ruling Stands Out From Year-End Flurry
January 21, 2015

A GOP Effect on the NLRB?
January 7, 2015

Company Phones Now a Union Tool
December 16, 2014

NLRB 'Purple' Ruling May Leave Employers Feeling Blue
December 15, 2014

Twin NLRB Rulings Are A Big Christmas Present For Labor
December 12, 2014

NLRB Rules to Give Workers Right to Use Employer Email for Union Organizing
December 11, 2014

Lawyers Weigh In On NLRB Employer Email Ruling
December 11, 2014

Union Influence Takes Blow As Walker Holds Seat In Wisconsin
November 5, 2014

For Once, NLRB Rejects Online Protected Activity
October 31, 2014

NLRB Stance On 'Micro-Units' Sets Up Food Industry Fights
August 18, 2014

How Employers Can Fight 'Micro-Units' At The NLRB
August 5, 2014

NLRB Boosts 'Micro Units' With Macy's Decision
July 29, 2014

Can You Care For An Elderly Parent And Still Succeed At Work?
July 24, 2014

Employment Regs To Watch In The 2nd Half of 2014
July 18, 2014

Obama Loses On NLRB Recess Appointments, But Employers Unlikely To Win
June 26, 2014

President's Recess-Appointment Power Cut By U.S. High Court
June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Seen Unlikely To Alter Past NLRB Decisions
June 26, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Obama's 2012 NLRB Recess Appointments Invalid
June 26, 2014

Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Recess Appointment Ruling
June 26, 2014

Steve Bernstein Offers Insight In Arsovski v. 200 East 81st Restaurant Corp. Case
May 13, 2014

NLRB Invites Input On Using Employers' E-mail For Organizing
May 12, 2014

NLRB to Review Northwestern's Appeal Of Student-Athletes' Union Decision
April 25, 2014

5 Issues To Watch At The NLRB Election Rule Meetings
April 9, 2014

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Offer Insight On Northwestern Football Ruling
March 28, 2014

Employers Brace For An Invigorated NLRB
February 25, 2014

After Rejecting UAW, VW Workers May Still Get Works Council
February 19, 2014

VW Workers May Still Get Works Council, Despite UAW Vote
February 18, 2014

Revamping The 'Advice Exemption'
February 11, 2014

NLRB Revives Union Election Ideas In Proposed Rules
February 10, 2014

Obama Labor Board Revives Speedy Vote Rule Employers Fought
February 5, 2014

NLRB Advances Pro-Labor Agenda
February 1, 2014

Experts: High Court Will Probably Rule NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional
January 15, 2014

Board Could Resuscitate ‘Quickie Election' Rule
January 15, 2014

Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For National Labor Relations Board
January 14, 2014

Year's Biggest Labor Case Heads To Justices For Oral Args
January 10, 2014

No Need To Hang That NLRB Employee Rights Poster
January 8, 2014

Law Firms Brace For Final DOL Persuader Rules
October 31, 2013

Newly Confirmed Labor Board Faces Challenges as it Seeks to Extend Union Rights
September 27, 2013

Employee Handbooks: Feds' New Hunting Grounds
August 8, 2013

NLRB: Back in Business
July 31, 2013

Persuader Predicament
July 15, 2013

High Court Case Will Shake Up ‘Top-Down' Union Organizing
June 25, 2013

Labor Board in Limbo
June 3, 2013

Five Questions To Ask Before Axing Workers For Facebook Posts
April 29, 2013

Right To Work Law Could Put Michigan Back On The Business Map
December 11, 2012

Social Media Changing The Rules Of Workplace
November 30, 2012

Beware Nonunion Employers: NLRB May Knock At Your Door
November 12, 2012

5 Tips For A Social Media Policy That Won't Rile The NLRB
October 22, 2012

The NLRB Flexes its Muscles
August 1, 2012

Caution Urged For Criminal Checks In Hiring
May 4, 2012

Misclassification a Hot Topic As Economy Sputters, Law Changes
December 2, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Thirteen Reasons Why Non-Union Workplaces Can't Ignore The NLRB
May 2, 2016

Can Your Employees Take A Selfie At Work?
March 1, 2016

When Is A Union Not A Union? When It's A "Worker Center."
December 3, 2013

Reintegrating Your Workplace Warriors
February 1, 2013

Responding To The (New) NLRB
April 2, 2012

Political Drama In New Hampshire
June 1, 2011

Summer's Here And Dress Codes Are Feeling The Heat
June 1, 2010

PDA After Hours
December 1, 2009

With Or Without EFCA, Labor Reform Is Coming
November 1, 2009


Bay Area Labor and Employment Law Update - One Day, Many Solutions Tampa
April 21, 2016

Expedited Union Elections, Enhanced E-Mail Protections and Other New NLRB Developments – Is Your Organization Ready?
January 22, 2015

Employment Law Updates and Forecasts
March 10, 2014

Labor Law Developments
March 10, 2014

When Our Soldiers Come Marching Home – Reintegrating Returning Veterans Into the Workforce - Webinar
May 9, 2013

Update on the Obama Board's Decisions and What to Expect
May 6, 2013

Fisher & Phillips Hosts the 2013 Tampa Best Places to Work Awards
April 18, 2013

"Labor Law Developments" - The American Forest & Paper Association - March 7, 2014.

Co-Chair – South Florida’s Premier Labor & Employment Conference – The Seminar Group -  Ft. Lauderdale, FL - September 20-21, 2012 

“Update on Recent NLRB Developments – National Association of Professional Employer Organizations -Washington, D.C. - May 22, 2012 

“Dealing with the Latest Developments at the NLRB - Webinar - Associated Builders & Contractors, Florida East Coast Chapter -  April 19, 2012 

“Winning Unemployment Compensation Cases” –Florida Beer Wholesalers Association - Orlando, FL - April 18, 2012 

“New Regulatory Developments Impacting Union Organizing, Social Media and Background Checks” –  National Association of Convenience Stores H.R. Forum - Orlando, FL - March 6, 2012 

“What Every Employer Needs to Know About the NLRB “ – Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando Chapter- Orlando, FL - February 16, 2012 

“Keeping Your Company One Step Ahead with HR Regulations” -  National Association of Convenience Stores Annual Meeting - Chicago, IL - October 1, 2011 

“Implementing a Strategy to Maintain an Independent Workforce” – Inside Counsel 3rd Annual Labor Symposium - Chicago, IL - October 5, 2011

Co-Chair - South Florida's Premier Labor & Employment Conference – The Seminar Group -   Miami, FL - September 21-22, 2011

“Containing the Cost of Workers' Compensation” - HR Florida - August 28, 2011

“FLSA Overtime Exemption for Service Writers: Fact vs. Fiction” – Suncoast Automotive Accountants Association - Tampa, FL - May 23, 2011

“A Proactive Strategy for Lawful But Effective Discipline and Discharge” – Association of Legal Administrators - Tampa, FL - May 11, 2011

“Legislative Update, Unions and the New NLRB”  –  National Association of Convenience Stores H.R. Forum - Atlanta, GA - March 8, 2011


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL
    J.D. 1990, with honors
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ithaca, NY
    B.S. 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Georgia