Bret Hamlin practices primarily in the areas of employee benefits, deferred compensation and trusts. Prior to entering the private practice of law, he provided plan design and consulting, third-party administration and investment, as well as retirement plan education services for clients.

Bret represents large, medium and small employers with respect to many employee benefit matters, including both single employer and multiple employer qualified retirement plans, executive deferred compensation and welfare benefit plan matters. A significant portion of his practice involves plan compliance, ERISA fiduciary best practices and plan corrections under Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor compliance resolution and plan correction programs. He also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation with respect to employee benefits matters, including, but not limited to, Internal Revenue plan examinations and Department of Labor plan investigations.

Bret is an active member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Pension Council, the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council, and the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). He is also a past president of the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council. 

Bret frequently speaks to both professional groups and plan sponsor groups regarding a variety of employee benefit topics.

He is active in a number of community and civic organizations. Bret devotes a great deal of time to United States Masters Swimming and its local and regional affiliates.


  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyer, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®   (2008-2024)
    • Employee Benefits Law
    • 2021 Tampa Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year
    • 2017 Tampa Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year
    • 2014 Tampa Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year

Credentials & Experience


University of Akron, B.S., 1985

University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1991

Bar Admissions

American Bar Association

The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Court Admissions

All Florida State Courts

Professional & Civic

Community & Professional

  • Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council
  • Tampa Bay Pension Council, Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association: Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Vice Chair 



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"He is always on top of the issues and is very responsive." Client quote, Chambers USA 2023

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