Richard C. McCrea, Jr.

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

Biography

Richard C. McCrea, Jr. ( Rich ) is a jury trial lawyer specializing in employment, civil rights and restrictive covenant litigation. He is one of the very few lawyers dual-Board Certified in both Labor & Employment and Civil Trial. Rich has been repeatedly recognized as one of the foremost employment litigators in Florida by various independent legal ranking services.

Concentrations

•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, 1995-2017
•Trade Secrets Law, 2017
• Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2013-2014
• Tampa Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2011
•Listed, Chambers Global, Labor & Employment (USA), 2014-2016
•Listed, Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits 2016, Labour & Employment, 2016
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine - Employment Law, 2004-2013, 2015
• Hall of Fame, 2013, 2015
• Legal Elite, 2004-2012
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2000-2016
• Star Individual, 2010-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
• Top 100 Lawyers in Florida, 2006-2015
• Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa, 2015-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Trade secrets, 2013-2015
•Listed, The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2009-2014
•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

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Co-Author, The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 , GT Alert, May 4, 2016
•Presenter, Financial Service Industry Non-Competes in 2016 in Leading U.S. Jurisdictions, Webcast, Association of Corporate Counsel's Financial Services Committee, March 15, 2016
•Contributor, Greenberg Traurig Publishes a 50-State and DC Survey with the ACC on Covenants Not to Compete , GT L&E Blog, October 22, 2015
•Contributor, Fifty State Survey on Covenants Not to Compete, Greenberg Traurig & Association of Corporate Counsel InfoPAK, September 2015
•Mentioned, Greenberg Traurig Tampa Shareholders Peter W. Zinober and Richard C. McCrea Jr. Recognized by Prestigious Chambers Global Guide, KXXV.com, April 15, 2015
•Co-Author, Avoiding Common Wage and Hour Violations: An Employer's Survival Guide, HR Advisor, December 2014
•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

Press Releases

03.28.17 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Prestigious Chambers Global Guide

08.16.16 130 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

08.16.16 5 Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

06.24.16 20 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Trend Legal Elite

06.13.16 Eight Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

06.09.16 93 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

05.31.16 Five Tampa Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

04.01.16 8 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Who's Who Legal “Labour, Employment & Benefits” List

Published Articles

01.13.14 Defending Automatic Meal Break Deduction in State Court

Alerts

05.04.16 The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Government Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813.318.5723  Phone
813.318.5900  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/Richard-C-McCrea-Jr
University Attended:
Rutgers College - New Brunswick, B.A., 1976
Law School Attended:
Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1982
Year of First admission:
1982
Admission:
1982, 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
Memberships:

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
•Past Vice Chair, Miles for Moffitt Board of Directors

Birth Information:
Teaneck, New Jersey, 1954
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Obtained defense jury verdict, in a rare state court class action, on behalf of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, in a matter filed by a detention deputy representing approximately 1,000 detention deputies seeking unpaid wages for meal breaks and roll call periods which could have resulted in up to $40 million in damages Morgan v. Gualtieri (July 2013).; Obtained defense jury verdict in a federal race discrimination trial in Arizona. Branscomb v. Group USA (January 2013).; Obtained summary judgment for employer in ADA lawsuit. Pinder v. ExpressCare of Bellview, LLC (July 2014).; Obtained summary judgment for employer in FMLA case, which was upheld after appeal to the Eleventh Circuit. Pivac v. Component Services & Logistics, Inc. (July 2014).; Defended University and law school dean in discrimination and retaliation case brought by former law professor. After dismissal of plaintiff's claims, obtained judgment of $624,351 against plaintiff and sanctions award of $23,427 against plaintiff's counsel. Russell-Brown v. University of Florida (September 2014).; Obtained summary judgment for employer in federal court on a Title VII case where plaintiff alleged constructive discharge, race discrimination, retaliation, and violations of the Equal Pay Act. Later prevailed in the related state court action when the state court trial judge ruled that plaintiff's claims were precluded by the federal court ruling. Lawrence v. USF Federal Credit Union (August 2013).; 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 more than $7.1 million in damages. (See St. Petersburg Times , June 9, 2010; Tampa Tribune, May 5, 2010, June 10, 2010, September 22, 2010).; 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.
ISLN:
905014751

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