Richard A. Greenberg

Richard A. Greenberg: Attorney with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association AV stamp icon
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Biography

Richard Greenberg concentrates his practice in the areas of professional responsibility, professional licensure defense, and criminal defense. For nearly 30 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 represents professionals in licensure matters before state regulatory bodies.

Richard has an extensive background in criminal defense, representing clients in matters ranging from traffic offenses and DUI to serious felony offenses punishable by 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 150 jury trials to verdict. Richard also 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 fifteenth consecutive year, he has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2019 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, and served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar from 1994-2003 and again from 2008-2014. He is currently the president of the statewide 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. In addition, Richard is president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Honors

•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2005-2019
•Selected as Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense - Non-White Collar in Tallahassee by Best Lawyers in America 2013
•Recipient of the 2012 Gene Taylor Memorial Award, Tallahassee Chapter FACDL
•Recipient 2005 and 2012 Appreciation Award, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Articles & Presentations

•Speaker, A Primer on Professionalism, Florida State University College of Law Professional Development Class, March 2018
•Speaker, Navigating the Four Cs - Competence, Communication, Conflicts and Candor, Defender Summer School hosted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit and Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, August 2018
•Speaker, “Mental Health Inquiries in the Bar Admissions Process, Florida State University College of Law, November 8, 2017
•Speaker, Ethics Update, FACDL Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar, April 21, 2017, Tampa, Florida
• Florida Bar Admission Proceedings: Why You Need Counsel, May 2017
•Co-Author, “Justice Antonin Scalia: Darling of the Criminal Defense Bar?” Fall 2016 issue of the Florida Defender, the quarterly publication of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•“Recent Changes to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar”, Florida Defender
• Lawyers vs. Judges: The Florida Bar & JQC - the Consequences of Courtroom Conflict, Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 2016
• Why Can’t We Be Friends? Limitations on the Use of Social Media by Attorneys, Florida Defender (Summer 2014)
• Florida’s Code for Resolving Professionalism Complaints, Florida Defender (Fall 2013)
• How to Avoid a Bar Admission Investigative Hearing and Understanding the Bar Admission Process at the Florida A&M University College of Law
• Financial Responsibility for Bar Applicants and Attorneys, Speaker, Tallahassee Women Lawyers Rookie Camp Seminar
• The Ethics of Outsourcing and Metadata,” Speaker, Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminar 2010
•“Ethics - A Review of Important Decisions, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar
• Constitutional Ethics Issues, Society of Criminal Defense Bar; Got Rights? Constitution Day CLE Seminar, Speaker
• Recent Changes to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar”, Florida Defender
• Plea Negotiations: Communication is the Key”, Florida Defender
• Ethics: Representation of Criminal Co-Defendants”, Florida Defender
•“Ethics: How Can You Represent Those People?”, Florida Defender
• To Testify or Not: Who’s Decision Is It?”, Florida Defender
•“What Can You Say, and Is Anybody Listening?”, Florida Defender,
• Ethics and Criminal Law”, Florida Defender,
• Taking ‘The Fifth’ in Bar Disciplinary Proceedings: DeBock Revisited,” Florida Defender
• Collateral Consequences of an Attorney’s Arrest, Florida Defender

Ratings and Certifications

•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Jurisdictions

•Georgia
•Florida

NEWS

•Richard Greenberg Talks with FSU Law Students about Professionalism
•Richard Greenberg Talks with WCTV: Last Clemency Meeting Ahead of Election More Generous than Normal
•Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes Nineteen Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys
•Richard Greenberg Addresses Rules of Professional Conduct During Defender Summer School
•Richard Greenberg Elected President of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Richard Greenberg Speaks with FSU Law Students about Professionalism
•Richard Greenberg Obtains Summary Judgment
•Twenty One Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Proposed Federal Law Could Change How Police Perform Civil Forfeitures
•Richard Greenberg Elected to the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section Executive Council
•Richard Greenberg Elected President-Elect of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Nineteen RKC Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2017
•Richard Greenberg’s Case Featured in Daily Business Review
•Attorney Richard Greenberg Gives Legal Ethics Update
•Richard Greenberg Speaks to the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity at the Florida State College of Law
•Twenty Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named To Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Richard Greenberg Sworn in Treasurer of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Richard Greenberg gives Legal Ethics Update to Tallahassee Chapter of FACDL
•Richard Greenberg to speak at the FACDL Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar
•Richard Greenberg Elected Secretary of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Richard Greenberg Speaks to Tallahassee Women Lawyer’s Fourth Annual Rookie Camp
•Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Receives Tier 1 Ranking From Best Lawyers In America
•Richard Greenberg Presents a Legal Ethics Update to FL Assoc of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•“Best Lawyers In America” Names Three Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Lawyers Of The Year
•Fourteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named To Best Lawyers In America
•Richard Greenberg Frees Client on Motion to Suppress Evidence
•Thirteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Twelve Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Richard Greenberg Presented Handling Bar Grievances
•Six Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
•Fifteen Rumberger Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Richard A. Greenberg Re-Elected to Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board

ARTICLES

•Florida Bar Admission Proceedings: Why You Need Counsel
•Justice Antonin Scalia: Darling of the Criminal Defense Bar?
•“Recent Changes to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar”, Florida Defender
•Applying to The Florida Bar - Dealing with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners

Beyond My Bio

•Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Serves up the Winning Chili Recipe
•RKC’s Tallahassee Office Hosts Summer for Undergraduates Program Students
•Richard Greenberg: A Lifelong Outdoorsman Bleeds Garnet and Gold and Specializes in Defending the Livelihood of Fellow Attorneys
•Rumberger Heats Up Tallahassee
•Richard Greenberg Presents Legal Ethics Update to Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

ShopTalk

•Applying to The Florida Bar - Dealing with the Florida Board of Governors

Attorneys
•Rumberger Heats Up Tallahassee
•Richard Greenberg Presents Legal Ethics Update to Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

ShopTalk

•Applying to The Florida Bar - Dealing with the Florida Board of Governors Member:

Professional & Civic Activities

•Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
•Capital Rotary Club
•Capital Tiger Bay Club
•Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers
•Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Tallahassee Bar Association Fellow: Attorneys
•Rumberger Heats Up Tallahassee
•Richard Greenberg Presents Legal Ethics Update to Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

ShopTalk

•Applying to The Florida Bar - Dealing with the Florida Board of Governors Member:

Professional & Civic Activities

•Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
•Capital Rotary Club
•Capital Tiger Bay Club
•Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers
•Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Tallahassee Bar Association

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Criminal Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Governmental and Administrative

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
850.222.6550  Phone
850.222.8783  Fax
www.rumberger.com
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.A., International Relations, with honors, 1979
Law School Attended:
University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
1983
Admission:
U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle); 1983, Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia; 1983, Florida
Memberships:

Professional & Civic Activities

•Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
•Capital Rotary Club
•Capital Tiger Bay Club
•Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers
•Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President
•Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Tallahassee Bar Association, Board Member

ISLN:
906899913

Peer Reviews

4.8/5.0 (7 reviews)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.9/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.8/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.8/5.0
  • Communication

    4.7/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.8/5.0

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