Welcome to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association's website!

Welcome to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association's website!  Please bookmark this page and check back often for the latest in news regarding TBPA.  If you are a member, please log into the website and go to the "Member Center" for further information, including the Job Bank and Newsletter. If you are unable to login, please contact our Technology Chair/Webmaster.
Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. ("TBPA") is a member association of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) which provides TBPA members automatic membership with NFPA. TBPA is also a member of the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations (FAPA) and all members of TBPA automatically become FAPA members. In addition, TBPA is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA).

Message from the TBPA President

A Message from TBPA's President:

Welcome to November everyone!  The 2019 Annual Seminar was held on Friday, November 1, 2019, as well as our 20th Anniversary Celebration We had a great line up of wonderful speakers for the Seminar and the Celebration was a lot of fun and a great way to wind down from the long day of learning! Thank you to all who participated, including attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors!

ELECTIONS:  We continue to make preparations for the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting which will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019.  The November luncheon will include voting for your TBPA Officers and Directors for the upcoming year 2020.  We encourage all members to attend the Annual Meeting, or alternatively to make sure your voice is heard by designating a proxy to cast your vote.  We will also have a guest speaker, the Honorable Cheryl Thomas of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division, who will present an Ethics CLE and will conduct the Installation of Officers and Directors for the ensuing year 2020.

To assist you with voting at the upcoming Annual Meeting, we are attaching a Proxy Form with Instructions,  Proxy Holder Designation, and Sample Ballot with Slate of Candidates. In addition, the attached document also contains a Declaration for Candidacy/Nomination from the Floor form with instructions for anyone who is interested in declaring for any position on the Board of Directors.  It is not too late to submit your declaration to serve.  Click on this link to download the Annual Meeting election documents [tbpa.org].

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how your unique talents would best serve TBPA in the coming year, feel free to contact me at president@tbpa.org or our Nominations & Elections Committee Chair, Rebecca Wilt at elections@tbpa.org.  We'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback. 


BOARD MEETINGS:  Did you know that all TBPA members are welcome to attend the monthly Board meetings?  If you are interested in joining us on any second Monday of the month, our meetings start at 5:45 p.m., and are currently held at the offices of Quarles & Brady, LLP.  Please email president@tbpa.org if you are interested in attending as you will need access into the building.

CERTIFICATION INFORMATION: We are still looking for CP, ACP, FCP, RP and CRP members willing to volunteer to lead certification workshops for our members interested in taking the NALA Certified Paralegal Exam (CP), or NFPA's certification exams, PACE (RP) or PCCE (CRP).  Participation would consist of teaching a specific area of law and/or topic on the exam. This workshop will likely be conducted on a Saturday and will be an all-day event.  If you are interested in lending your skills to further the advancement of your fellow TBPA members, please contact our Certification Chair, Irene Medina at certification@tbpa.org

JOB BANK: Please be sure to check out all of the job listings on the employment opportunities tab under the members' only section!

If you have any suggestions, updates, or information on any subject that you feel might be of interest to other paralegals and you would like to share that information, please feel free to send an email to our Technology Committee via webmaster@tbpa.org.

In conclusion, I encourage you to email me, or any other Board Members, with your ideas, comments and suggestions on how we can continue to grow TBPA and serve the needs of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Community.  Each of our contact emails are located on TBPA's website. 

I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events! And, don’t forget to like us on Facebook! 


Barbara C. O'Shaughnessy, FRP

President, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.




Save the Date for NFPA's Joint Conference - April 24-26, 2020 TAMPA (Ybor City), FLORIDA - HOSTED BY TBPA

If you have any suggestions, updates, or information on any subject that you feel might be of interest to other paralegals and you would like to share that information, please feel free to send an email to our Technology Committee via webmaster@tbpa.org.



Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:45 AM • The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:45 AM • at The Tampa Club, 42nd Floor, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL

TBPA Contact

As a member-driven organization, we love to receive input and feedback from our members. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions.

TBPA President:  Barbara O'Shaughnessy, FRP 

Send an email to Barbara at president@tbpa.org 

TBPA Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2840, Tampa, FL 33601

Membership Applications are available and more info on the membership categories and member benefits can be found under the Join Us tab.

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Florida Bar News

The Florida Bar News recently posted a very interesting article on March 21, 2019 titled Survey Looks at Paralegal Salaries that discusses paralegal's salaries.  "Sixty-two percent of Florida law firms use paralegals and 51 percent of those say their paralegals averaged more than 1,000 billable hours last year"  Do you know what average salaries for paralegals are where you live?  Take a look at the full article here.

In a recent FRP News email from the Florida Bar, Shelly Zambo, FRP wrote the following:  "The Florida Bar FRP Enrichment Committee is on the Move." The future is bright for Florida Registered Paralegals. The inaugural meeting of the Florida Bar’s newly-formed Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee was held at the Bar’s Winter Meeting on January 18, 2019 in Orlando. The mission of the Paralegal Enrichment Committee is to bring more awareness to the legal community as to how valuable Florida Registered Paralegals are to the legal profession.

See the entire email here.



Interested in Sponsoring the 2019 Seminar as a Bronze Sponsor?

Check out the Seminar Sponsor Page & download the Seminar Prospectus now!

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