Benjamin D. Sharkey

Office Managing Principal

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Benjamin D. Sharkey


Benjamin D. Sharkey is the office managing principal of the Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ben has over twenty years of experience throughout the country representing management in all facets of employment litigation. He also has extensive experience litigating wage hour class and collective action cases, and non-competition agreements and trade secrets disputes. 

Ben routinely functions as the employment legal department for clients of all sizes. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to partnering with clients on daily advice and counsel concerning multi-state workplace issues and best practices. He also provides training to managers and supervisors in all areas of employment law, including sexual and racial harassment prevention, disciplinary practice, documentation policies, and disability management.

Beyond his practice, Ben serves on the Advisory Committee for the firm. He is also active in the community by supporting a number of charitable organizations. Ben served on the Board of Directors for Neighbor to Family, a national foster care agency, for five years, and also volunteers his time to the Wounded Warrior Project and Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management" (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2013-present)
  • Super Lawyers, "Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney" (2015)
  • Thomson Reuters, “Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer – Independently Rated Lawyers”

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Florida Bar
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Vice-Chair from 2010-2013
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009-2010)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Board Member, Northern Florida Chapter (2022-Present)
  • Neighbor to Family, Inc., Board Member (2017-2022)