J. Richard Caldwell, Jr.

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

Dick Caldwell has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1983. He is engaged in civil trial and appellate practice, concentrating in the defense of product liability, insurance, professional liability, and commercial litigation. Dick was resident in the Orlando office until the opening of the firm’s Tampa office in 1991, where he now practices.

Dick is a past member of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, and has served on The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee as well as the Appellate Rules Committee, which drafted the current Florida Appellate Rules. He has lectured on appellate practice and product liability in Florida Bar CLE seminars, and is the author of the chapter on “Defenses” in the Florida Bar CLE handbook on product liability, as well as the chapter on “Florida Law” in the DRI Product Liability Handbook.

In addition, he is a member of the Committee on Product Liability Litigation of the Section of Litigation and the Product, General Liability, and Consumer Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, both of the American Bar Association. Dick is also a n emeritus member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC).

Dick maintains membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Federal Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Florida, Alabama, and Texas, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He received his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1965, and then served as a captain in the United States Army from 1965 to 1968. Dick completed his J.D. at the University of Florida College of Law in 1970. He served as Editor of the University of Florida Law Review and published a Case Comment and a Note in the University of Florida Law Review.

In 1971, Dick served as law clerk for Judge Spencer C. Cross, Fourth District Court of Appeals. He also served as City Attorney and Prosecutor for Ocoee, Florida, from 1973 to 1975.

Honors

•Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products Liability, 2007-2018

Articles & Presentations

•Presentation, “Keeping the Craft Alive,” Federation of Defennse and Corporate Counsel, White Sulphur Springs WV, July 2014
•Presentation, “Negligence Per Se,”, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, White Sulphur Springs WV, July 2014
•Presentation: “Damages-Only Trials: Preliminary Considerations,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Phoenix AZ, March 2012
•Presentation: “An Appeal to Reason - Proposed Rule 26.1,” Lawyers for Civil Justice, Washington, D.C., May 2011
•Presentation: “Motions for Sanctions,” Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Orlando, FL June 2010
•Presentation: “Overhaul of Florida Standard Jury Instructions,” Product Liability Advisory Council, San Antonio, TX, May 2010
•Presentation: “Motions for Sanctions - Riding the Storm,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Banff, Alberta, August 2008
•Presentation: “Faces of Evil - Cambodian War Crimes Trials,” McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, Defiance College (Ohio), April 2008,
•Presentation: “Death of the Trial Lawyer? - Keeping the Craft Alive” - Products Liability Advisory Council, Chicago, April 2007
•Presentation: “How to Get the Bad Case Settled at Mediation (Mediating the Bad Case - Trial Counsel Perspective), Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Bermuda, July 2006
•Presentation: “Tailoring Case Presentation to Fit Geographic Venue,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Chesapeake Bay, MD, July 2004
•Presentation: “Pretrial Motion Practice - Addressing Punitive Damages Claims”, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, La Malbaie, Quebec, July 2003
•Presentation: “Don’t Get Shifted in the Courtroom - Experts and Electronic Discovery Pitfalls”, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Boca Raton, FL, March 2002
•Presentation: Florida Bar CLE Civil Trial Certification Review, “Products Liability”, Miami 1998
•64 Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly 465, “Negligence Per Se” (2015)
•The Briefs, Vol. 78, No. 1 (December 2009/January 2010), “Jury Service in the Electronic Age: New Solutions for New Challenges”
•FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 2 (Winter 2009), “Motions for Sanctions - Riding the Storm” (Co-Author)
•Sales & Marketing Magazine, “Are Salespeople Responsible for Their Customers’ Injuries?” (June 2009) (Co-Author)
•Journal, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, Vol. 3 (Spring 2009), “The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia - A ‘Magic Tree’?”
•Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Handbook, “Florida Law”
•Florida Bar, CLE Products Liability, Ch. 5, “Defenses”
•Note, 23 U. Fla. L. Rev. 157 (1971)
• Case Comment
University of Florida Law Review (Vol. 80, No. 470)

Community Involvement

•Board Member and Past President, The Florida Orchestra
•Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, Docent 2007-2011
•President, Board Member, St. Petersburg Opera, St. Petersburg, Florida
•Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Suncoast Chapter (2003-2008), Board Member

Ratings and Certifications

•Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (1983-date)
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Jurisdictions

•Texas
•Florida
•Alabama

NEWS

•Florida Super Lawyers Names Eight Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2018 List; Two Attorneys Named Rising Stars
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Nine Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2017 List
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Ten Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2016 List
•Rumberger Attorneys Mentioned on Law360 After Winning Motions
•Rumberger Attorneys Dick Caldwell and Joseph Regalado Published In FDCC Quarterly
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Nine Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2015 List
•Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 RKC Attorneys to 2014 List; Ten Named Rising Stars
•Rumberger Attorneys Selected as Top Appellate Lawyers by Corporate Counsel Magazine
•Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys and 10 Rising Stars
•RKC Founding Partners Reach Milestone: Maintain Board Certification for 30 Years
•Twelve RKC Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Florida Supreme Court Issues Opinion on Proposed Standard Jury Instructions for Product Liability Cases
•Thirteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•RKC Summarizes Impact of Supreme Court Case Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
•Twelve Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Fifteen Rumberger Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Eleven Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers

ARTICLES

•Litigating a Claim Against a Government Official After Denial of a Dispositive Motion Raising Qualified Immunity
•Supreme Court Opens Door for Personal Injury Suits Against Auto Manufacturers
•Risk Utility vs. Consumer Expectations in Product Liability Cases
• Are Sales People Responsible for Their Customers’ Injuries?
• Defenses, Florida Bar Product Liability Manual Florida Product Liability, Defense Research Institute

Blogs

Product Liability Blog
•Florida Supreme Court Issues Opinion on Proposed Standard Jury Instructions for Product Liability Cases
•New Frontiers in E- Discovery: Help May Be on the Way

Beyond My Bio

•Getting to Know Dick Caldwell Outside the Courtroom
•Dick Caldwell Shares his Perspective on Building a Successful Practice and Changes that have Transformed the Practice of Law
•A Recipe for Success: Dick Caldwell Talks about the Early Days of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell
•Dick Caldwell and Gloria Matyszyk Featured on Local News for Their Photography
•Earning Their Stripes: RKC Partners Share Lessons Learned While Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

ShopTalk

•Risk Utility vs. Consumer Expectations in Product Liability Cases

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Appellate
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail & Hospitality

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813.223.4253  Phone
813.221.4752  Fax
www.rumberger.com
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., 1965
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1970
Year of First Admission:
1971
Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th, 6th and 11th Circuits; U.S. District Courts of Alabama (Middle); U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, Southern); 1995, Alabama; 1971, Florida; 1996, Texas; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional & Civic Activities

•Florida Department of Financial Services, Approved Instructor
•Products Liability Advisory Council
•Federal Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Florida Defense Lawyers Association
•Hillsborough County Bar Association
•Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
•Chair, Trial Tactics Section (2005-2008)
•American Bar Association
•Torts and Insurance Practice Section
•Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Section
•Section of Litigation
•The Florida Bar
•Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Civil) (2000-2009)
•Civil Procedure Rules Committee (1989-1997)
•Appellate Rules Committee (1975-1978)

Reported Cases:
Notable Cases: Mason v. Peabody & Arnold, LLP
ISLN:
908600647

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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