Richard is a full-time mediator. His entire practice is focused on mediation as a means to resolving disputes. Richard's experience as a mediator is unique. Richard also gained significant worldly experience in the United States Marine Corps. And, in addition to his legal education, Richard has a strong business background, a degree in Finance, and a Master of Laws in Taxation.
As an attorney, Richard worked at three of the country's largest and most prestigious national law firms, representing many of America's most well-known companies in financial and intellectual property matters. Richard practiced almost exclusively in federal court. Richard later established his own practice, where he represented small businesses and individuals in civil and business disputes.
Richard also built a substantial family law practice, where he excelled in understanding the technical and financial aspects of the practice, as well as the psychological, parenting, and other "human" issues that pervade family law.
In every mediation, Richard uses his aptitude for numbers, broad understanding of the law, ability to listen, and strong sense of human empathy to help resolve disputes.
Richard is experienced in all phases of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, trial, and appeal. Richard started his legal career in Miami, where he worked at two of the nation’s most prestigious national law firms. Richard has been involved in high-stakes litigation matters for many of America’s most well-known businesses and financial institutions. Richard has defended public companies and their officers and directors in connection with class actions lawsuits, derivative actions, and federal investigations. Richard has worked on several matters that received national media coverage and a number of cases with more than $100 million at stake.
Prior to starting his mediation practice, Richard focused primarily on business litigation and family law matters. In the family law arena, Richard devoted much of his time representing men and women in cases involving complex financial issues, disputes over the control and valuation of closely held companies, child custody disputes, relocation requests, and military divorces. As a civil litigator, Richard had experience in financial services litigation, investment banking litigation, securities fraud, common law fraud, computer fraud, RICO, First Amendment, intellectual property, and tort cases.
Richard currently serves on the Executive Counsel of the Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Richard is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Richard has been selected by his peers and recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for 4 consecutive years. He was previously recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Florida for 4 consecutive years.
Richard attended the University of Florida College of Law, where he graduated with honors. In 1998, he was the Chester Ferguson Scholarship Recipient. Richard was also a member of the International Moot Court Team and participated in the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Additionally, Richard served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
Richard was also a leader on campus, where he was elected Treasurer and President of the Law School's Student Bar Association. He also served on the Executive Board of the University of Florida's Law College Council.Prior to graduation, Richard was inducted into the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary, received the University of Florida Presidential Recognition Award, received the Levin College of Law Pro Bono Certificate, and was named the Levin College of Law 2000 Student of the Year.In 2002, Richard earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida’s Graduate Tax Program.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Richard served as a United States Marine with the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Tampa, Florida. Richard was the Battalion Embarkation Specialist prior to the Unit's mobilization to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Richard received the Navy Achievement Medal for his exemplary efforts to prepare his battalion to embark for combat. Richard was also recognized as the Honor Graduate during his training at the Naval Expeditionary Warfare College, Atlantic. Richard also received the Outstanding Community Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and a Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation for exemplary community service. Richard's military experience helps him relate to military service members and families.
Areas of Practice
Custody & Visitation
Modification, Enforcement, & Contempt
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. Tax Court
University of Florida Graduate School
Master of Laws in Taxation
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Juris Doctor With Honors
Honors: President, John Marshall Bar Association
Honors: Treasurer, John Marshall Bar Association
Honors: Vice-Chair, International Moot Court Board
Honors: International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Honors: Executive Board, Law College Counsel
Honors: Levin College of Law Student of the Year (2000)
Honors: Ferguson Scholar of Law
Honors: Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary
Honors: Teaching Assistant for Legal Research & Writing
Honors: Teaching Assistant for Appellate Advocacy
Honors: Levin College of Law Pro Bono Certificate
Honors: Law School Small Group Advisor
Florida State University
Bachelor of Science in Finance
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
Trial Advocacy in Family Law Cases, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2012 - Present
Developing Parenting Plans for Children with Developmental Disorders, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2012 - Present
Discovery of Medical Records and Trial of Cases Involving Medical Evidence, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2013 - Presen
Honors and Awards
Recipient, Theodore Milison Professionalism Award
Selected in Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2009-2012)
Selected in Florida Super Lawyers (2013-2017)
Professional Associations and Memberships
Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
Florida Bar Family Law Section
Florida Bar Business Law Section
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cheatwood Inn of Court
Tampa Family Law Inn of Court
Hillsborough County Bar Association - Executive Board - Family Law Section
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