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Mandi Ballard Clay

Associate
Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602
Direct813.676.7233
Fax813.229.1660
mclay@slk-law.com

Assistant

Jennifer Ramos
Direct813.676.7287
jramos@slk-law.com

A commercial litigator, Mandi has experience in a variety of subject matters, including labor & employment, intellectual property, restrictive covenants, and class actions. She represents both public and private sector clients of all sizes by providing guidance before, during and after litigation. Mandi has experienced the practice of law from both sides of the bench, having clerked for U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell and U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell, both in the Middle District of Florida. She prides herself on being efficient and responsive to her clients and is dedicated to providing practical advice tailored to fit each client’s specific goals.

Mandi truly has a talent for understanding and explaining the law and its nuances in ways that most law school professors and supervising attorneys never could. Her ability to adjust her writing to her audience and articulate complicated arguments in easily digestible facets is greatly admired.

Within the legal community, Mandi is well respected among both practitioners and the judiciary. She began her pro bono work in 2008, her first year in private practice, by representing a teenager who was shot in the back by police officers, giving her immediate trial experience.

Mandi is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and U.S. District Court Mediator.

Most of Mandi’s free time is spent working with various community organizations and being a very invested Auntie to about 25 munchkins.

Honors

  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014, 2018
  • Tampa Bay Business Buddies, Finalist, Young Professional of the Year, 2011

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Vice President of Programs, Treasurer & Website Director
  • The Florida Bar, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Standing Committee on Mental Health & Welness for Florida Lawyers
  • Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Board of Directors
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, First Place, Middle School Mock Trial (Team Captain), 2013
  • Georgia Innocence Project Alumni Board
  • Domestic Violence Assistance Program for Hillsborough County, 2011-2014
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Crossroads for Florida Kids 2012-2014, Pro Bono Attorney
  • SERVE Volunteers in Education, President 2015, President Elect 2014-2015, Board of Trustees Member 2013-2015, Volunteer, Great American Teach-In, 2012-2014
  • Pinellas County Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association
  • Toastmasters, Chapter Secretary
  • Bay Area Legal Services, Pro Bono Attorney
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association, 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Liaison
  • Tampa Connection, Class of 2018
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Light the Night Walk, Team Shumaker Captain, 2018
  • Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, 2013-Present

News Releases

Publications

07.25.2017Client Alert: Getting Ready for the New EEO-1 Report
Winter 2011"What Employers Need to Know About the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act," HR Florida Review
January 2011"The Case of Burlington Northern and the Future of Retaliation Claims: A Look From the HR Perspective," HR Magazine
September/October 2010"Health Care Reform and the Pay or Play Employer Mandate," Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer magazine

Events and Presentations

February 2012"The Hunters Become the Hunted (Tips on Managing Social Media While Job Hunting)," Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lamda Division, Polk State College, Lakeland, FL
October 2011"TMI: Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About Social Media & the Workplace," Tampa, FL
September 2011"TMI-Social Media: Whether You Want to Know or Not!," Polk Works Round Table Presentation, Lakeland, FL
May 2011"TMI-Social Media: Whether You Want to Know or Not!," West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association Meeting, Tampa, FL
November 2010"I Dream of GINA: The EEOC's Newly Issued Final Regulations for Complying with the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act," Tampa, FL
October 2010"Social Networking Sites-Treasure Trove or Liability Trap?," Tampa, FL
October 2010"Portable Devices Freeze Employers in Their Tracks," Tampa, FL
May 2010"Historic Health Care Overhaul: What it Means for Employers," Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, FL

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Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2003

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 2009

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