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Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. ("TBPA") is an Affiliate Association of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA).

Message from the TBPA President


Dear Members,

We are fast approaching the year end and our Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for November 16th. Declarations for Candidacy for being a part of the 2024 Board of Directors are now being accepted. Please download the Notice of Meeting with Declaration Form to complete the form, and then send it to secretary@tbpa.org if you are interested in joining the Board.  If you need any assistance for a member to endorse your candidacy, please let me know.

During the Annual Meeting, we will be voting on some Bylaw changes. A notice with the proposed changes will be sent no later than October 16th, so keep a look out for the notice in your email inbox.

Also, a Member Survey will be sent soon seeking feedback on what you as members are looking for regarding local activities and direction on future CLE Events, including in-person luncheon and seminar events. Your responses are greatly needed and valued in planning and moving TBPA forward in 2024.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via President@tbpa.org.

Thank you!

Melissa J. Cook, FRP

TBPA President

Email: President@tbpa.org


  • CLE Monthly Luncheons - These CLE Events are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the University Club. See upcoming Luncheons listed in the Upcoming Events Section below. The Annual Meeting held on November 16th will also have an Ethics CLE Presentation.
  • Wills for Heroes - These Pro Bono (Community Service) Events are held quarterly on Saturday mornings at the Hillsborough County Bar Association office on N. Tampa Street. The next scheduled event will be on October 21st.  We need notaries and witnesses to help with estate planning and medical directive documents for our Tampa First Responders. Events will be announced for registration for volunteers to join us early in the month of the event.

2024 TBPA Seminar


Friday, April 19, 2024


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:  Melissa J. Cook, FRP

Send an email to Melissa 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. Any questions regarding membership may be directed to the 2nd VP/Membership Chair at membership@tbpa.org.

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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.

Thank you to our 2023 Seminar Diamond Sponsors!

Interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2024 Seminar?

If you are interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2024 TBPA Seminar, please contact the Seminar Committee at Seminar@tbpa.org. We are starting to plan for this event and will have details with a new 2024 Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus posted soon.

Interested in being a Monthly CLE Sponsor?

We welcome Sponsors for our future Monthly CLE Luncheon Events held at The University Club.  Download the Commitment Form and complete today to secure your preferred monthly event date!  Months are starting to fill-up! Email your completed Monthly CLE Event Commitment to monthlycle@tbpa.org to secure your Monthly CLE Sponsorship. 

Sign up for a Monthly CLE Event and be recognized here on this webpage during the month of your sponsorship and on the specific Month's CLE Event Emails! 

TBPA November Monthly CLE Sponsor:

Interested in being a future monthly Sponsor?

Sign up and we will advertise your business here!

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TBPA is a voluntary professional association and does not make any representation, endorsement or guarantee as to the quality, reliability, competency, accuracy, business practice/standards/ethics, or professionalism of any member of TBPA.  TBPA does not conduct background checks or any other form of due diligence on any person or business applying for membership with TBPA.


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