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 2020!  As your incoming President I would like to thank you for once again giving me the honor of serving as your President for 2020!  I look forward to working with you all and continuing to grow the success of our Association with your help.  Please join me in welcoming your new board for 2020:

President:  Barbara C. O'Shaughnessy, FRP

President Elect:  Yvonne DeAntoneo

First Vice President:  Valerie A. Cisco, FRP

Second Vice President:  Emily Merlin, CP

Treasurer:  Frank J. Steinbeck, FRP

Secretary:  Melissa J. Cook, FRP

Director:  Lance Cochran-LaFleur, FRP

Director: Irene Medina, CRP

Director:  Lauren York


We accomplished many things in 2019, including the celebration of our 20th Anniversary at our 2019 Annual Seminar which was held on Friday, November 1, 2019!  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, and especially our Seminar Committee!

We also continued our Pro-Bono projects with Wills for Heroes, and our community Service projects with A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay, End 68 Hours of Hunger, PACE Center for Girls, USO Central Florida and Voices for Children. Checks were presented to each organization at the Annual Holiday Luncheon held on Thursday, December 12, 2019, where we also held a toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots!

Even though we accomplished a lot in 2019 there is always more work to be done and even more volunteers needed to help!  Our volunteer committee members are crucial to our Association and continuing the work it takes to grow and promote the paralegal profession.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact me for more information.  Stay tuned for announcements detailing all of the exciting events we are planning for the coming year, as 2020 is going to be even better than 2019!!!

In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc., I would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and warm wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Monthly Membership Luncheon:



TBPA has made the decision to move the location of our monthly lunch and learn events to The University Club located at One Tampa City Center, 201 N. Franklin Street, 38th Floor, Tampa, FL.  The meetings will continue to be scheduled primarily on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. 

ATTIRE: The appropriate attire at The University Club is business casual to semi-formal as the Club is a fine dining establishment.  The Club asks that no t-shirts, tennis shoes, flip-flops, shorts, or blue jeans be worn.  If any of these items are worn, you may be turned away by The University Club and no refunds will be offered.  Jackets are encouraged, but not officially required.  It is quite common to see formal wear in the restaurant since they are fortunate to be visited often for special occasions.  Please note that modifications to dress code will be made for any person with a medical condition. 

PARKING: Please note that parking in the Fort Brooke parking garage (corner of Whiting & Franklin) is at the rate of $1.60 per hour.  The University Club does not validate parking.  On the third floor of the parking garage, take the walkway to One Tampa City Center and then take the elevator bank to the 38th floor. 

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!

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 TBPA's Annual Seminar - October 9, 2020

Hilton Carillon Hotel - St. Petersburg, Florida



Upcoming Events

Monthly Membership Meeting & CLEs 2nd Thursday of the Month

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

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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.



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