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Deborah C. Brown, Education Industry Trends Expert

Deborah C. Brown

Deborah C. Brown is a graduate of Florida State University (B.A.) and Stetson University, College of Law (J.D.). She began her career as a hearing officer/staff attorney with the Public Employees Relations Commission. Mrs. Brown joined the firm of Thompson, Sizemore & Gonzalez in 1989, where she represented employers in labor and employment related matters. She left the firm in 1996 to become the Manager of Employee Relations for Walt Disney World Co., one of the largest single-site employers in the United States. She was promoted to Director of Employee Relations in 1998, and remained in that position until she rejoined the firm in 2000. In 2005, Mrs. Brown became the Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs and Human Resources at Stetson University College of Law. In 2011, Mrs. Brown became the Associate Vice President/General Counsel for Saint Leo University. In 2013, she rejoined Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. The firm represents employers and businesses in employment, education, housing, and other discrimination and civil rights matters. Mrs. Brown currently serves on both the Executive Council for the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Education Law Committee. She has chaired various Bar committees over the years, including the Labor & Employment Law Committee of the HCBA (1993-94), the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar (1996-97), and The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (1997-98). She was Board certified in Labor and Employment Law from 2001-June 2011, and served as Chair of the Board Certification Committee for Labor and Employment Law in 2003/04. She is currently Board certified in Education Law and also holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Ms. Brown is a frequent speaker on various topics related to employment law, and education law issues such as student affairs, campus risk management, and campus safety. In 2003, she received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Stetson University College of Law, and in 2012 she received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar.

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