Richard C. McCrea Jr.: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Richard C. McCrea Jr.

Tampa,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Government Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 813.318.5723
Fax: 813.318.5900
University Rutgers College - New Brunswick, B.A., 1976
Law SchoolRutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1982
Admitted1982, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Past Chair, The Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and Education

•Past Chair, The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Section

•Past Chair, The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee

•Vice Chair, Miles for Moffitt Board of Directors

BornTeaneck, New Jersey, 1954

Richard C. McCrea, Jr. (Rich) is a jury trial lawyer specializing in employment, civil rights and restrictive covenant litigation.

Areas of Concentration

•Employment litigation

•Trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation

•Civil rights

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law - Litigation and Management, 1995-2015

•Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2013-2014

•Tampa Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2011

•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Trade secrets, 2013 and 2014

•Listed, The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2009-2014

•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2000-2014

•Star Individual, 2010-2014

•Listed, Chambers Global, Labor & Employment, 2014

•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in Florida, 2006-2014

•Listed, Florida Trend magazine - Employment Law, 2004-2013

•Hall of Fame, 2013

•Legal Elite, 2004-2012

•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 & 2013

•Listed, Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010

•Inducted, fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2004

•Board Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2001

•Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2000

•Board Certified as Civil Trial Advocate, The Florida Bar

•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Featured, McCrea Runs the Ultimate Marathon, Florida Bar News, July 1, 2014

•Mentioned, Tampa Attorney Finishes Grueling Comrades Marathon in South Africa, ABC Action News, June 9, 2014

•Co-Author, Defending Automatic Meal Break Deduction in State Court, Law360, January 13, 2014

•Contributing Author, ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist Manual on Advising Business Clients II, 2000

•Author, Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information, The Practical Lawyer, Vol. 44, No. 5 July 1, 1998

•Author, Loudermill - What Pretermination Process Is Due Public Employees Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LX, No. 2, February 1986

Associated News & Events

09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions

08.20.14 8 Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

08.19.14 129 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

07.18.14 Four Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Trend Legal Elite

07.17.14 Six Greenberg Traurig Attorneys In Tampa Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide

07.07.14 12 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Trend Legal Elite

07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

05.30.14 Six Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

05.29.14 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

01.13.14 Defending Automatic Meal Break Deduction in State Court

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Defended lawsuit filed by former University of South Florida football coach, Jim Leavitt, for breach of his employment agreement. Leavitt was terminated on January 8, 2010 after an investigation by the University determined that he had struck a student-athlete, lied to investigators, and interfered with the University's investigation. Leavitt contended that he was terminated without cause and sought over $7.1 million in damages. (See St. Petersburg Times , June 9, 2010; Tampa Tribune, May 5, 2010, June 10, 2010, September 22, 2010);Defending Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff in a class action filed by a detention deputy representing approximately 1,000 detention deputies seeking unpaid wages for meal breaks and roll call periods.Selected to defend the University of Florida Law School and its Dean in a federal civil rights action filed by a former law professor. Obtained transfer of venue from federal court in New Jersey to federal court in Florida. The plaintiff is now seeking to add Oxford University as an additional defendant. (See The National Law Journal, February 9, 2009 and September 2, 2010);Selected as special labor counsel advising the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners on the terminations of the County Administrator, County Attorney, and Internal Auditor. (See St. Petersburg Times, March 23, 2010, June 4, 2010, August 19, 2010, April 15, 2011, May 5, 2011, May 31, 2011, and December 30, 2011; Tampa Tribune , March 17, 2010, March 18, 2010, March 24, 2010, June 4, 2010, May 4, 2011, May 5, 2011, May 26, 2011, May 28, 2011, June 3, 2011, December 15, 2011, and December 30, 2011);Represented a professional sports franchise in a four-day arbitration against its head coach in an action seeking $2.2 million in contract damages. Tussing et al. v. Quality Resources, Inc., et al ., No. 8:09-cv-1833, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110190 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 25, 2009) Obtained ruling denying collective action certification in a Fair Labor Standards Act case involving over 500 potential plaintiffs. Southeastern Mechanical Services Inc. v. Brody , No. 8:08-CV-1151, 2009 WL 2883057 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 31, 2009) Served as co-counsel in this federal action filed against four individual defendants and two corporate defendants, claiming, among other things, misappropriation of trade secrets. Following a two-day evidentiary hearing, obtained a preliminary injunction against the defendants. The Court imposed spoliation sanctions for destruction of e-mails, calendar entries, and text messages that were stored on portable electronic devices. (See The National Law Journal, December 17, 2009); McCullough v. Antolini et al., 559 F.3d 1201 (11th Cir. 2009) Defended Pinellas County Sheriff and two deputy sheriffs against claims brought by a motorist who died of multiple gunshot wounds after a traffic stop. Obtained reversal by Eleventh Circuit of trial court's denial of summary judgment on excessive force claims, resulting in dismissal of all claims against all defendants. Barr v. City of Eagle Lake , No. 8:06-cv-1568, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20561 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 17, 2008); Noell v. White , 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 23527 (11TH Cir. Sept. 13, 2006); Wilber v. Correctional Services Corp., 393 F.3d 1192 (11th Cir. 2005); Daniel v. City of Tampa, 38 F.3d 546 (11th Cir. 1995); Rasor v. Rice , 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7521 (M.D. Fla. FEB. 28, 2006); Moran v. Correctional Services Corp., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26507 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 24, 2002); Johnson v. Rice , 90 F.E.P. Cases 117 (M.D. Fla. 2002); Taylor v. Regeration Technologies, Inc., 86 F.E.P. Cases 112 (N.D. Fla. 2001); Heine v. Rice , 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9840 (M.D. Fla. April 6, 2001); Kelleher v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 17 I.E.R. Cases 476 (M.D. Fla. 2001); Foster v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 111 F. Supp. 2d 1320, 16 I.E.R. Cases 1066 (M.D. Fla. 2000); Swiney v. Lazy Days' R.V. Center, Inc., 83 F.E.P. Cases 1424 (M.D. Fla. 2002); Cunningham v. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office , 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3825 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 29, 2000); Zerby v. Neuromuscular Medical Centers , 10 Am. Disabilities Cases 278 (M.D. Fla. 1999); St. George v. Pinellas County , 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18686 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 22, 1999); Gordon v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 78 F.E.P. Cases 1736 (M.D. Fla. 1998); Digiro v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 19 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (M.D. Fla. 1998); Stewart v. Town of Zolfo Springs, 77 F.E.P. Cases 1718 (M.D. Fla. 1998); Michios v. Rooms To Go Miami Corp ., 7 Am. Disabilities Cases 961 (S.D. Fla. 1997); Campbell v. Tampa College , 73 F.E.P. Cases 569 (M.D. Fla. 1997); Jolley v. Phillips Educational Group , 71 F.E.P. Cases 916 (M.D. Fla. 1996); Brown v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp ., 70 F.E.P. Cases 1211 (N.D. Fla. 1996); Moneverde v. Baby Superstore , 68 F.E.P. Cases 15 (M.D. Fla. 1995); Henderson v. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc ., 884 F.Supp 499 (S.D. Fla. 1995); America II Electronics. v. Smith , 830 So.2d 906 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002) T he above representations were handled by Mr. McCrea prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Richard C. McCrea Jr.

625 East Twiggs Street, Suite 100
TampaFL 33602


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