Robert A. Sugarman
Attorney and Partner
Sugarman & Susskind, P.A.
Pedro A. Herrera
Attorney and Partner
Sugarman & Susskind, P.A.

SUGARMAN & SUSSKIND, P.A. was established in 1985 and has clients across the State of Florida.  In our role as counsel for the Retirement System we:

  •     Attend regular trustee meetings
  •     Prepare special reports concerning new laws and court decisions
  •     Draft, review and revise pension ordinance amendments, administrative forms, and other documents
  •     Negotiate agreements with Retirement System service providers
  •     Amend or draft such service provider agreements
  •     Provide legal opinions to the Board of Trustees regarding plan operations, plan and statutory interpretations
  •     Provide legal opinions regarding qualified domestic relations orders and income deduction orders
  •     Perform office work connected with informal and formal disability claim proceedings
  •     Draft and/or revise policy statements or procedures
  •     Review the Summary Plan Description

We are known for providing quality legal service at reasonable fees with emphasis on service and availability to each client represented.  Founding partners Bob Sugarman and Howard Susskind have worked together for more than 32 years.  Both have extensive experience in pension and employee benefit law and have continuously been included in “The Best Lawyers in America”. Bob and Howard are each listed by “Florida Monthly” magazine as two of Florida’s “Top Lawyers.”  The firm of six (6) attorneys, all of which are members of the Florida Bar, represents over 60 local and national retirement plans in the public and private sectors and was included on the 2010 list of Best Law Firms in America in the categories of union-side labor law and employment law.

Bob Sugarman has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1972 and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer.  He is the primary attorney providing services to the Retirement System.  He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

Bob is a frequent speaker at retirement plan seminars and conferences, including those sponsored by the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, the Society of Actuaries, the National Police and Fire Pension Seminar, and the National Association of Police Organizations.  He lectures on such current issues as DROP plans, early retirement incentives, disabilities, the ADA, trustee self protection, the effect of recent federal legislation on pension plans, and changes in state and federal law.  He is a permanent faculty member of the International Foundation’s Certificate of Achievement in Public Pension Program.