Kevin Sanderson

Kevin Sanderson

Kevin F. Sanderson, Chartered. Practicing since 2002.
  • Divorce, Employment Law, Estate Planning...
  • Florida, USDC DIst. of Colorado, USDC Middle District of Florida, USDC Northern Dist. Florida, USDC Southern Dist. Florida
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media

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
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
USDC DIst. of Colorado
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
USDC Middle District of Florida
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
USDC Northern Dist. Florida
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
USDC Southern Dist. Florida
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
11th Circuit
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
U.S. Supreme Court
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
United States Tax Court
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Merritt & Sanderson, P.A.
- Current
Kevin F Sanderson Chartered
- Current
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Placeholder image for education.
International Environmental Law
St. Thomas University School of Law
Book Award.
Professional Associations
Florida State Bar # 598488
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Sarasota Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Member.
Placeholder image for professional associations.
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
30 Questions Answered

Q. My employer is committing fraud. I thought it was accidental and pointed it out, I was then bullied,
A: Some considerations: Is it the government being defrauded? Is it likely there has been enough time for EEOC to inform the employer of the charge? If so to the second question it may increase or give rise to a retaliation claim. This issue is too important to discuss on a message board and you should contact an employment attorney.
Q. Hello, I have a question about unemployment benefits in the state of Florida
A: This is a hard area and the DEO changes its official and unofficial policies often. I would appeal the decision and attend the telephone hearing. Although at one point DEO tried to change their policy to say if you could not work due to illness you were ineligible, some hearing officers seems to have been ignoring this rule and awarding benefits anyway.
Q. Can a franchise employer and fellow employees harrass an employee until they quit because of an issue with a diff emp
A: It is difficult to say based on what you have here. For example, as they are both female is any of the harassment based on gender or sex or another protected class?
Q. if a person has quit their job and has accrued vacation time that they had not taken is the employer required to pay
A: People are always shocked by this, but in Florida you are not entitled to this time. It is not "banked" in the sense it is yours at the end of the employment as it is is some other states.
Q. can I file a lawsuit against my employer for failing to take action against an employee who threatened me?
A: They can take action. They can investigate, suspend, fire that person and/or make sure you aren't working together. You may be able to take action against the employer for several causes, such as negligent hire/retention of that employee. You may need to file with an administrative agency if the threat was otherwise discriminatory based on protected classes. You should place your concerns and demand for investigation/ action in writing to the employer, date it, describe what happened and how you know they know and keep a copy for yourself.
Q. Can I sue for emotional abuse at my workplace?
A: Unfortunately, there really is not a suit for emotional abuse. There is for pregnancy discrimination. Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is shockingly common. I recommend contacting an attorney immediately.
Q. Where can I find online number of age discrimination cases filed, settled, and with trial completed by state please.
A: When you find it let me know. Settlement data especially is very hard to come by as settlements are most often confidential. Plaintiffs and their counsel dont have as much statistical information as exists in some other areas of civil trial law.
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. I would like Negotiating my severance package, Florida law
A: Often an attorney helps at this stage.
Click here to see all answers
Contact & Map
Kevin F. Sanderson, Chartered
SnugHarbor Village Office Complex
7717 Holiday Drive
Sarasota , FL 34321
Telephone: (941) 444-1548