Robert L. Blank

Robert L. Blank: Attorney with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association AV stamp icon
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Biography

Rob Blank is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He is engaged in civil trial practice, concentrating in the defense of product liability and casualty defense cases. In his product liability practice Rob defends automobile manufacturers, industrial equipment manufacturers, power tool manufacturers and beverage companies. In his casualty practice Rob defends theme parks, water parks, trucking companies, beverage companies, retailers, schools and other businesses for various tort claims.

Rob is the administrative partner of the firm’s Tampa office. He was selected as an Attorney to Watch in 2012 by Attorney at Law Magazine, has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer and has been recognized as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, as well as maintaining memberships in the Florida Defense Lawyers’ Association and the Defense Research Institute. Rob is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. He received his B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1988, then completed his J.D. at Stetson University College of Law in 1992, graduating magna cum laude.

Honors

•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability-Defendants, 2018, 2019
•Florida Trend Magazine Florida Legal Elite 2010-2016
•Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: General, 2007-2018
•Attorneys to Watch 2012, Attorney at Law Magazine

Articles & Presentations

• Theme Park Defense: 10 Things to Know, May 2017
•“Pulling the Nails out of the Avallone Coffin Should Excess Liability Coverage on a Self Insurance Fund Constitute a Waiver of Sovereign Immunity?,” 20 Stetson Law Review 971
•“The Expanding Safety Responsibilities of Crane Operators,” Greater Florida Constructor Magazine
•“Providing Attorney’s Fees in a Pest Control Contract - Who Benefits?,” Pest Control

Ratings and Certifications

•Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar
•Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Jurisdictions

•Florida

NEWS

•Rumberger Trial Attorneys Win Defense Verdict in Trucking Accident Case
•Rob Blank and Mike Forte Win Appeal Before Second DCA of Florida
•Attorneys Rob Blank and Mike Forte Win Defense Verdict in St. Petersburg
•Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes Nineteen Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Eight Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2018 List; Two Attorneys Named Rising Stars
•DRI Publication Features Rob Blank and Carie Hall’s Defense Win for SeaWorld
•Rumberger Attorneys Win Defense Verdict for Busch Gardens
•Rob Blank and Carie Hall Obtain Defense Verdict for Sea World
•Twenty One Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Rob Blank Achieves Board Certification in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Nine Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2017 List
•DRI Publication Features Partner Rob Blank’s Defense Win for Mid-State Plumbing
•Rob Blank and Mike Forte Win at Trial in Polk County, Florida
•DRI Publication Features Partner Rob Blank’s Win for Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Ten Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2016 List
•Rob Blank and Jessica Tetrick Featured in DRI for Defense Win
•Rob Blank and Carie Hall Featured in DRI for Defense Win
•Rob Blank and Jessica Tetrick Win Toyota Trial
•Rob Blank and Jessica Tetrick Win Final Summary Judgment on Behalf of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.
•Rob Blank and Carie Hall Obtain Defense Verdict for SeaWorld
•Attorney Rob Blank Receives Recertification as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar
•Rumberger’s Robert Blank Recognized in DRI newsletter for his defense win
•Florida Super Lawyers Names Nine Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to 2015 List
•Rumberger Partners Give Advice: What New Litigators Can Do To Win Their First Trial
•Rob Blank and Carie Hall Win Howl-O-Scream Trial
•Florida Trend Names Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to Legal Elite 2014
•Rob Blank and Carie Hall Obtain a Mid-trial Dismissal for Busch Gardens
•Florida Trend Names Six Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys to Legal Elite 2013
•Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys and 10 Rising Stars
•Rob Blank Wins Final Summary Judgment In Toyota Airbag Case
•Rob Blank And Carie Hall Win Final Summary Judgment In Howl-O-Scream Case
•Rob Blank And Carie Hall Win Fee And Cost Judgment For Busch Gardens After Final Summary Judgment Entered
•Florida Trend Names Eight Rumberger Attorneys to Legal Elite 2012
•Twelve RKC Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Rob Blank Defense Win Featured in DRI’s The Voice
•Rob Blank Wins Final Summary Judgment in Exculpatory Clause Case
•Thirteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Rob Blank and Mike Forte Convince Jury to Find No Permanent Injury
•Attorney Rob Blank Wins Appeal for Busch Gardens
•Twelve Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•Florida Trend Names Four Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Partners to Legal Elite 2010
•Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Partner Rob Blank Receives Board Certification in Civil Trial
•Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Rob Blank Obtains Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death Case
•Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Wins Defense Verdict for Cook Moving Systems, Inc.
•Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Rob Blank Obtains Summary Judgment in Busch Gardens Case
•Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Rob Blank Wins Defense Verdict for Delta International Machinery
•Fifteen Rumberger Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars
•RKC Attorneys Win Defense Verdict for Toyota in Crashworthiness Case
•Eleven Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers
•Blank Wins Howl-O-Scream Trial for Busch Gardens
•Blank Wins General Motors Trial
•Blank Wins Trial for Home Depot

ARTICLES

•Theme Park Defense: 10 Things to Know
•Pest Control Contract Provisions Regarding Attorney’s Fees: Still A Useful Tool?
•The Expanding Safety Responsibilities of Crane Operators, Constructor Magazine

Beyond My Bio

•Rob Blank Talks Trials and the Importance of Building Trust

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Casualty Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Automotive and Motorcycles
  • Retail & Hospitality

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813.223.4253  Phone
813.221.4752  Fax
www.rumberger.com
University Attended:
University of South Florida, B.A., Business Management, 1988
Law School Attended:
Stetson University, College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992
Year of First Admission:
1992
Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, Southern); 1992, Florida
Memberships:

Professional & Civic Activities

•The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
•Hillsborough County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
•Defense Research Institute
•Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Reported Cases:
Notable Cases: Karen Archer v. Danny Evans and Three Rivers Xpress, Inc.; Dorman v. Mid-State Plumbing, Inc. and Gregory Taylor; Jennifer Anderson v. Amy Schroth and Patricia Weimer; Alisa R. Kenney v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC; Glenda Torres Perez v. Sea World of Florida LLC.; Dorman v. Mid-State Plumbing, Inc.; Hess v. Coca-Cola Refreshments U.S.A., Inc.; Scholan v. Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; Estrada v. Sea World of Florida LLC d/b/a Sea World; Ramos-Lopez v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC d/b/a Busch Gardens; Castro-Socas v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC d/b/a Busch Gardens; Rivera-Lopez v. Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC; Gomez v. RCMA; McKnight v. Sea World of Florida LLC.; Thorne v. Temples; Saunders v Busch Entertainment Corporation; Coral v. Garrard Crane Service, Inc. and Garrard Carpentry, Inc.; Myers v. Cook / Tampa Bay Moving Systems, Inc.; Richter v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. and Delta International Machinery Corporation; Moncrieff v. Toyota Motor Corporation; Goss v. Busch Entertainment Corporation; Strait v. Busch Entertainment Corporation; Littell v. General Motors; National Healthcorp Ltd. Partnership v. Judith Anne Close; Alaimo v. Home Depot USA, Inc.; Nussbaum v. Reebok International, Ltd. and the Sports Authority, Inc.; National Healthcorp Ltd. Partnership v. Cascio
ISLN:
901023504

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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