Johnson Jackson PLLC, Shareholder Kevin Johnson Inducted into Hospitality Hall of Fame

~Local Employment Law Firm Honored for Superior Service at FRLA Stars of the Industry Gala~


(L-R: FRLA President & CEO Carol Dover, Kevin Johnson, FRLA 2022 Chairwoman of the Board Olivia Hoblit)

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) recently recognized the commitment and service of Tampa labor and employment law firm Johnson Jackson PLLC during its annual Stars of the Industry Gala at the Caribe Royal Resort in Orlando. During the ceremony, Johnson Jackson and shareholder Kevin Johnson were inducted into the FRLA Hall of Fame as Supplier of the Year.

“Through Kevin Johnson’s incredible leadership, he and his entire team at Johnson Jackson have provided unparalleled service to Florida’s hospitality industry for decades,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “We are so proud to induct Kevin and Johnson Jackson into the FRLA Hall of Fame and recognize their significant contributions as trusted advisors to our businesses. Through the last few years with historic unknowns due to the Pandemic, changing wage laws, and countless issues affecting workforce, Johnson Jackson has been our calm and stabilizing counsel through it all. Congratulations to our 2022 Supplier of the Year!”

The Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala pays tribute to men and women from across the Sunshine State for their remarkable work in hospitality. The Hall of Fame distinction is reserved for those who have dedicated decades to providing excellent service and leadership in hospitality.

“On behalf of our whole team of attorneys, it is truly an honor to receive this award and work with such an outstanding organization,” said Kevin Johnson, Johnson Jackson Shareholder. “Partnering with FRLA helps us to build healthy networks within the restaurant business. Becoming intimately familiar with trends in the restaurant and lodging industry helps us better advise our hospitality clients, and providing support to hospitality employers allows us to give back to a community that has meant so much to our success.”

Kevin D. Johnson is a founding shareholder of Johnson Jackson PLLC, where he defends employers in employment-law matters. He graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1994. He became board certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar in 2007. Kevin currently serves as the chair of the Standing Committee on Technology for The Florida Bar and is a past chair of both the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Solo and Small Firm Section. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, has been named in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and has been listed by SuperLawyers on their list of the Top 100 attorneys in Florida for ten of the past eleven years. He is a native of Gainesville, Florida. To learn more about Kevin Johnson and Johnson Jackson, please watch his FRLA Hall of Fame Video here.

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About FRLA: The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association providing excellent service for more than 75 years. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks, and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate, and promote Florida’s nearly $112 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.5 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through Safe Staff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.

About Johnson Jackson: Johnson Jackson PLLC is a labor and employment law firm based in Tampa, Florida.  The firm serves clients throughout the state of Florida and across the country, providing trusted advice and strategic defense on a wide range of matters including labor and employment litigation; developing and revising policies; auditing employment practices; and advising on how to conduct internal investigations.  Clients range from large restaurant chains to independent restaurants; multi-state retail chains to construction contractors and suppliers; large hospital  systems to privately-held physicians’ offices; and statewide agencies to local governments.  Additional information can be found online at, as well as on LinkedIn and Facebook.