Kevin Sanderson

Kevin Sanderson

Merritt & Sanderson, P.A. Practicing 14 years.
  • Divorce, Employment Law, Estate Planning...
  • Florida, USDC DIst. of Colorado, USDC Middle District of Florida, USDC Northern Dist. Florida, USDC Southern Dist. Florida
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Kevin Sanderson serves your legal needs throughout all of West Central Florida, including Sarasota, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, North Port, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Arcadia, Englewood, and Naples.

Kevin F. Sanderson is a graduate of Boston University (B.A., Psychology) and obtained his juris doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. He continued his education, obtaining his LL.M. (legal laureate masters) in international taxation and offshore finance, also at St. Thomas University School of Law. Kevin was born and raised in New Jersey.

Mr. Sanderson is a member of the Florida Bar, a member of the bar of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Most recently, he became licensed in the US District Court in the District of Colorado, which has courts in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Durango.

Areas of Practice
Mr. Sanderson represents both plaintiffs and defendants in simple and complex civil and commercial litigation. He also handles cases involving unemployment appeals through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, non-compete/trade secret litigation, severance agreements, cases of discrimination covered under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or the Florida Commission on Human Relations, sexual orientation and/or pregnancy discrimination, and administrative appeals for federal, state, and municipal employees. He also handles cases of professional and occupational licensure and certification, including those from the Florida Departments of Law Enforcement, Health, Education, and Business & Professional Regulation.

Kevin is a 2012 graduate of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
USDC DIst. of Colorado
USDC Middle District of Florida
USDC Northern Dist. Florida
USDC Southern Dist. Florida
11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Tax Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Merritt & Sanderson, P.A.
- Current
Kevin F Sanderson Chartered
- Current
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
International Environmental Law
St. Thomas University School of Law
Book Award.
Professional Associations
Florida State Bar # 598488
- Current
Sarasota Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Member.
Articles & Publications
Unemployment Appeals Now handled Through E-Portal For Third Parties
Sarasota County Bar Association, The Docket
Speaking Engagements
Intersection of Corporate and Employment Law for Small to Mid Size Businesses, Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions
Guardian Ad Litem, Family Law Division
12th Judical Circuit, Florida
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
22 Questions Answered

Q. If I work for the federal government and am trying to transition genders, what recourse do I have if my employer
A: I'd be happy to discuss more offline. I am not sure what you mean by prohibit. I recognize there are several things that might be done practically to stop or deter you, i.e. if they control your access to health care, livelihood and career; but hopefully they cant literally stop you.
Q. Is a supervisor's favoritism of one employee over another considered discrimination?
A: It could be, but it probably is not. Without evidence that the favoritism is based on class-based discrimination, the behavior is likely permissible under Florida law.
Q. Do Government agencies have to abide by the labor laws?
A: Yes. Depending if you work for local, state or a federal agency, the rules and procedures differ greatly. They also differ from private sector employment/labor rules. You need to speak with an attorney who knows these areas well to get solid insight.
Q. Can I sue for discrimination because my 2 new Male co workers make more than me for doing the same job and less!
A: Yes, It appears so. This looks like a rare opportunity in practice to sue under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Q. I would like Negotiating my severance package, Florida law
A: Often an attorney helps at this stage.
Q. I work at a food establishment in Florida when I was hired the starting pay was $11 an hour about 6 months ago they wen
A: Many actions that are fundamentally unfair on their face are not illegal in Florida, unfortunately. You might consider if you are being discriminated against based on a protected class. At this exact moment, it loos like we have an employees market more than at any time in the past 10 years. Talk to them and if they will not match the pay and maybe make up the difference for past hours, look at moving on.
Q. Can I file my employment discrimination lawsuit at my local area clerk of courts courthouse house
A: Your local clerk of court is the state court. Yes you can file in local or federal. In state court you sue under state law, in federal you can bring both federal and state claims. You can file a suit yourself to get it started prior to your statue of limitation deadline, but honestly, you will need to find a lawyer soon. These are too complicated to successfully do by yourself.
Q. I feel I am being mistreated at work because I'm gay. How can I prove discrimination?
A: Discrimination is often difficult to prove. Since this is civil and not criminal law you need a preponderance of evidence not beyond a reasonable doubt, so while many claimants do not have "conclusive" proof it does not mean a claim is not worth bringing. You are looking for some adverse employment condition wherein you were treated differently ( or as we say disparately) from other employees due to you orientation. Did someone supervising you say or write that they were going to treat you badly because of your orientation.
Q. Is it considered discrimination if an employee refuses to orient a new hire bc of their national origin?
A: It is discriminatory. One caution: some courts have held that the employee doing the discriminating must be a supervisor to that employee who makes adverse employment decisions/actions against the employee discriminated against. In other words, lateral co-workers cant discriminate. This is frustrating and not very realistic, but these ruling have been allowed o stand.
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690 S Tamiami Trl
Osprey, FL 34229
Telephone: (941) 244-0468