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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


The TBPA 2023 Board of Directors as elected during our Annual Meeting and appointed during our recent Board Meeting are:

President: Melissa J. Cook, FRP

President Elect:  Frank Steinbeck, Jr., FRP

1st Vice President:  Nita Serrano, ACP, RP, FRP

2nd Vice President: Irene Hahn, CRP

Secretary: Emily A. Merlin, CP

Treasurer: Yvonne DeAntoneo

Director: Lance Cochran-LaFleur, FRP

Director: Elizabeth Juszkowski, CRP

Director: Jeffrey Rizzo, CP, FRP

Be on the lookout for a January/Winter 2023 President's Message email with more details on TBPA activities.

Thank you!

Melissa J. Cook, FRP

TBPA President

Email: President@tbpa.org

2023 TBPA Seminar

"Spring Training – Sharpen Your Skills at the
2023 TBPA 
Annual Conference. Game On!"

will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023

at the Hilton Tampa Downtown!

Registration is Still Open!

Register Now before all seats are sold out!

See Event Registration Below.


Upcoming Events

Friday, April 21, 2023 7:00 AM • Hilton Tampa Downtown, Tampa, FL
Friday, April 21, 2023 8:00 AM • Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, April 21, 2023 8:00 AM • Hilton Tampa Downtown
Friday, April 21, 2023 5:00 PM • Hilton Tampa Downtown

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 2023 Seminar?

If you are interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2023 TBPA Seminar, scheduled to be held on April 21, 2023 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, we are now accepting registration and commitments. At this time, we are limited to 20 vendor tables for the Sponsors/Exhibitors, so don't wait to secure your Sponsorship/Exhibitor space. Please download the 2023 Seminar Prospectus for details. If you have any questions, please contact the Seminar Committee at Seminar@tbpa.org

Interested in being a Monthly CLE Sponsor?

We welcome Sponsors for our future 2023 Monthly CLE 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 2023 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 March Monthly CLE Sponsor:

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