Linda Bond Edwards

Arbitrator | Mediator


Linda Bond Edwards is an arbitrator and mediator with more than 25 years of experience in employment and labor law. 

As a neutral, Linda has resolved matters such as breach of contract, employment discrimination, employee misclassification, attorney fee disputes, estate disputes, franchise disputes, personal injury, defamation, and time share terminations in the healthcare, sports and entertainment, franchising, gig economy, and education fields. Linda has also served as chief negotiator in public and private collective bargaining. 

She focuses on getting adverse parties into a conversation to reach a resolution. She believes in listening to different points of view, especially on divisive topics such as religion and politics,  without being judgmental.

As an attorney, she has represented public and private employers in matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act, and state and federal constitutional claims before state and federal administrative and judicial forums.

Linda worked in corporate human resources for more than a decade before becoming a lawyer, and during the course of her legal career she has made more than 75 presentations to HR groups and associations on topics ranging from discrimination and retaliation, implicit bias, sexual harassment, labor law, and ethical considerations for elected officials. Her article on workplace bullying was identified as one of the best employment law articles for 2014 and was included in the University of Michigan Ross School of Business curriculum.

Aside from her career, Linda enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She also devotes time to nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the lives of women and girls, and impact hunger and homelessness.

  • Certification in Circuit Civil Mediation Florida State Supreme Court
  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law
  • B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Florida, all districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Affiliations
    Florida Bar Association
    National Bar Association
    Membership & Community Involvement
  • National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers
  • Florida State College of Law Alumni Association
  • The Village Square, Governance Chair
  • Institute for Non-Profit Innovation and Excellence, Board of Directors and Governance Chair
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter
  • Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Out with the New, Recission of U. S. Department of Labor Rule regarding Independent Contractors, JD Supra - October 2022
  • Gender Dysphoria, the ADA and What it Could Mean for Employers in the Future, co-author, JD Supra - August 2022
  • Florida Businesses Can Do More When Aiding Gig Economy Workers in Emergencies Without Worry of Liability, co-author, JD Supra - June 2022
  • How to Avoid FLSA Retaliation, Don’t Miss the Oral Complaints - April 2022
  • Religious Freedom Threatened by Religious Vaccine Exemptions - October 2021
  • What is Work? Why Onsite Managers Might Be Due Overtime Pay, Florida Manufactured Housing Association newsletter - October 2021
  • What COVID Can Teach Employers for Hurricane Season, Law360 - July 2020
  • Back to Work? Not So Fast! First, Employers Should Look at Guidance, Daily Business Review - May 2020
  • Coronavirus Q&A: A Legal Resource Guide for Employers, co-author - March 2020
  • Workplace Romance: Do You Have a Policy for That? If You Don’t You Should, Modern Restaurant Management - January 2020
  • HR Legal Hot Topics: Remote Working, Returning to Normal, presentation, Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Association - November 2022
  • Avoiding the Hidden Secrets of the FLSA, webinar, HR Collier - September 2022
  • Communicating in Your Organization, presentation, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, Small Business Executive Program, presentation - June 2022
  • Employment Law Update, co-presenter, HR Tallahassee Conference: The Great Recovery (SHRM Big Bend) - May 2022
  • HR Tallahassee co-presenter, Big Bend SHRM - May 2022
  • How Leaders Lead Human Resources, the First or Next Chapter, presentation, Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans’ Families - April 2022
  • Uncovering FLSA Secrets; Don’t Be Caught in the Dark!, presentation, Charlotte County SHRM - March 2022
  • Human & Organizational Management and Resources, guest lecturer, University of Florida Graduate Course for Natural Resources Management program - February 2022
  • Unleashing the Treasure Within: Understanding the Real Value of DEI, presentation, Performance Innovation Institute at Tallahassee Community College - October 2021
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: Good Practice Still Works, presentation, Florida County Clerks and Comptrollers - October 2021
  • Communicating in Your Organization, presentation, Jim Morgan Small Business Executive Program - October 2021
  • Employment Law Concerns, presentation, CEO roundtable event for Florida Society of Association Executives - September 2021
  • Lawyers Provide Insight for Human Resource Professionals, co-presenter, Center for Human Resource Management - September 2021
  • A Closer Look at One Fortune 500 Company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts, co-host, Legally Qualified Podcast - July 2021
  • Managing the Workplace Bully, presentation, FSAE Tallahassee Power Hour - May 2021
  • Ladies of Justice Tea, panelist, FSU Black Law Students Association - March 2021
  • How Leaders Lead, presentation, The Florida Bar Leadership - February 2021
  • Keeping Tabs on the COVID Crisis, presentation, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section - November 2020
  • COVID-19 and Public Employment: What We Learned and What’s to Come, panelist, 46th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum - October 2020
  • The Organizational Impact of Diversity: More Than Numbers and Statements, presentation, Small Business Leadership Conference - July 2020
  • Time to Toss the Pre-COVID-19 Employment Handbook? Maybe – Maybe Not, presentation, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce - June 2020
  • Human Resources After COVID-19, presentation, Big Bend Chapter, Society of Human Resource Management - June 2020
  • Reopening Law Firms, Businesses, and Other Establishments, co-presenter, Orange County Bar Association webinar - May 2020
  • Employee Training, City of Haines City, FL - March-December 2020
  • Practicing Before State Labor and Employment Agencies, presentation, Florida Bar Association - March 2020
  • Practicing Before State Labor & Employment Agencies, moderator, Florida Commission on Human Relations – The Investigative Process - March 2020
  • Ethics Presentation, Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers - February 2020
  • EEO Law webinar, University of Florida Law School - February 2020
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