Bryant Miller Olive Partner David C. Miller to Speak at 43rd Annual Florida Public Employment and Labor Relations Forum in Orlando on Oct. 20


David C. Miller

Miller, Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, to Speak on “Financial Urgency — Where Are We Now?”

David C. Miller, Esq., partner with national law firm Bryant Miller Olive, P.A. (BMO) in its Miami office, will speak at the 43rd annual Florida Public Employment and Labor Relations Forum (FPELRF) on Oct. 20. The seminar will take placeOct. 19–20 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Miller and his co-presenter, Paul Donnelly, a partner with Donnelly + Gross in Gainesville, Florida, will speak about “Financial Urgency – Where Are We Now?” Miller will provide a management perspective, while Donnelly will give the union point of view.

The two will discuss this year’s Supreme Court decision in Headley v. City of Miami, and the current state of the law and pending litigation related to financial urgency. Financial urgency is a Florida labor law statute intended to permit public employers to modify labor contracts in the event of a significant financial crisis.

The financial urgency statute was used during the Great Recession by a number of Florida local governments, including the City of Miami and the City of Hollywood. There was very little judicial interpretation of the statute at the time, and considerable litigation arose as employers and unions struggled over how the law should be applied. Miller and BMO represented the City of Hollywood and filed amicus briefs in the City of Miami case.

Miller has written and presented extensively on financial urgency since 2009. He has submitted an article analyzing the history and interpretation of the financial urgency law for the March 2018 issue of the Stetson Law Review.

The 43rd annual FPELRF is jointly sponsored by the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar (of which Miller is a Board member) and the Labor and Employment Law Section. It offers a total of up to 13 hours of continuing legal education credit, including certification credit in three areas.

The FPELRF is the longest-running annual seminar put on by two sections of The Florida Bar. It focuses on the labor and employment issues that affect public employers, public employees, and the unions that represent public employees.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to speak at the 43rd annual FPELRF,” said Miller. “It’s the premier labor and employment conference for Florida public sector lawyers every year.

“My first presentation on financial urgency was eight years ago at FPELRF, when none of us knew how it would be applied,” he added. “This speech will bring it full circle.”

For more information about the 43rd annual PELRF, visit

Miller is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar. He represents management exclusively. His primary focus is in three areas: dealing with labor unions — bargaining, grievances, arbitrations, and litigation; employment litigation — discrimination, whistleblower, wage/hour, retaliation and other causes of action before federal and state courts and administrative agencies; and human resources counseling — helping managers deal with day-to-day issues, training, compliance, policies and procedures, drafting ordinances, public records, and Sunshine Law. Miller has been named a “Florida Super Lawyer” every year since 2010 and has been named in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. For more information about Miller, visit, call 305-374-7349 or email

About Bryant Miller Olive

With a distinguished 45-year history of serving its clients' needs, Bryant Miller Olive represents governments, businesses and agencies in legal matters relating to labor and employment, public finance, state and local government law, complex transactions, project finance, and litigation. Firm attorneys are often called upon to handle some of the most complex legal issues in the boardroom and in the courtroom. The firm has offices in Tampa, Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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