For over 25 years, Richard has focused his practice on representing attorneys in grievance matters before The Florida Bar and representing Florida Bar applicants in proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Richard also provides letters of advice on legal ethics issues and serves as an expert witness on legal ethics. In addition to representing attorneys and Florida Bar applicants, Richard also represents professionals in licensure matters before state regulatory bodies.He has an extensive background in criminal defense, representing clients in matters ranging from traffic offenses and DUI to offenses punishable by up to life in prison. He represents clients in both state and federal courts in the State of Florida and in the State of Georgia. Richard has personally tried over 100 jury trials to verdict. On top of that, he has extensive experience representing individuals seeking clemency through the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.
In addition, Richard represents clients in appellate matters in both state and federal courts and has appeared for oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida and before the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been counsel of record in over 75 published opinions. Prior to joining Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, Richard served as an assistant public defender in Tampa, Florida from 1984-87 and as an assistant staff counsel for The Florida Bar in its Tampa office from 1987-89. After leaving The Florida Bar and returning to his hometown of Tallahassee, Richard had a successful career as a sole practitioner for sixteen years.
He also served as the first Traffic Court Hearing Officer in Leon County, Florida from 2002 -2005. Richard is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. In addition, for the tenth consecutive year he has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2014 edition) in the field of criminal defense (non white collar). Richard is actively involved in many legal organizations. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers, served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar from 1994-2003 and again from 2008-2014. He is currently the secretary of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“FACDL”) and is the treasurer for the Tallahassee chapter of FACDL. He formerly served as president of the Tallahassee chapter.