Kevin E. Hyde


Kevin Hyde works with employers to mitigate risks, prevent problems, and litigate on behalf of clients when their actions are challenged. Established in the Jacksonville area and entrenched in civic organizations for decades, Kevin has been recognized numerous times as “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville by Best Lawyers. He puts his knowledge of the business climate and experience with community matters to work for clients.

A partner and employment lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, Kevin represents employers in a variety of human resources matters. His practice focuses on ongoing employment counseling and workplace safety, as well as representation of employers in numerous charges of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage-hour, and management-union matters.

Kevin is the former managing partner of the firm’s Jacksonville office and a former chair of the Labor & Employment Practice. He is a member of the Automotive and Food & Beverage Industry Teams and the Manufacturing Sector.

Kevin speaks regularly about employment issues at national, regional, and state-wide business and civic organization conventions across the country.

Awards and Recognition

  • Peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Labor and Employment Law (1999 – 2011, 2023)
    • Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment (2011 – 2024)
  • Jacksonville’s “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®
    • Labor Law – Management (2019, 2021, 2023)
    • Employment Law – Management (2018)
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment (2024)
  • Who’s Who Legal USA – Management Labor & Employment
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Labor & Employment (2008 – 2023)
  • Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine
  • Florida Super Lawyers® (2006 – 2018)


  • Florida Bar Labor and Employment Certification Committee – Member
  • Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section – Past chair

Community Involvement

  • University of North Florida – Chair, board of trustees
  • Jacksonville City Council – Past president
  • Florida State College of Jacksonville – Former interim president
  • Jacksonville Public Education Fund – Chair, board of directors
  • Library Foundation of Jacksonville – Chair, board of directors
15 April 2024 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives

New Florida Law Highlights Renewed Interest in Child Labor

According to a February 2024 article from Working Economics Blog, “child labor remains a top issue in 2024 state legislative sessions amid soaring violations and widespread abuse of child labor laws in multiple sectors of the economy.”
18 September 2023 Blogs

Natural Disasters Affect Employers, Too

Natural disasters such as wildfires in Maui, Hurricane Idalia, flooding in California, and excessive heat almost everywhere have taken a real human toll over the past few months.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
26 June 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Named to 2023 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that 17 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2023 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
8 June 2023 Events

Mandatory E-Verify Comes to Florida: What to do Now?

Join us for a timely and informative webinar navigating the latest bill (SB 1718) signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that will go into effect on July 1, 2023.
01 June 2023 Press Releases

Foley Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that it has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the top law firms in the country in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.