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Richard N. “Ric” Asfar | Partner

Richard N. “Ric” Asfar is an AV-rated civil litigator and appellate advocate with over a dozen years of experience. He has represented individuals, government entities, and businesses of all sizes in a wide range of matters in Florida and California. As an admitted “law geek” who has read thousands of published opinions, Ric uses his in-depth knowledge of the finer points of law to successfully advance his clients’ objectives.

Ric grew up in Queens, New York. After immigrating to America, Ric’s parents worked long hours operating a tailoring business one subway stop from Shea Stadium. They taught Ric to value hard work, and to go the extra mile for the client. Ric has strived to follow his parents’ example since youth. He got his first job at age 13 delivering newspapers, and worked full-time or near full-time while enrolled in college to finance his education.

Ric is a graduate of The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While at Pacific McGeorge, Ric served as a full-time student extern to the Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, assistant comment editor for the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, and President of the Student Bar Association. Upon graduating from Pacific McGeorge, Ric was inducted into the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, and awarded the “Outstanding Student Achievement Award” for his graduating class.

Education

  • The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2006
  • Baruch College, City University of New York, B.A., cum laude, 2002
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Work Experience

  • Cotney Construction Law, Tampa, FL, February 2019 – Present, Partner
  • Vaka Law Group, Tampa, FL, 2015 – January 2019
  • Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A., Tampa, FL, 2009 – 2015
  • Herum Crabtree Brown, Stockton, CA, 2006 – 2009
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Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2019
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite (Construction), 2019
  • Tampa Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2019
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Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • The California Bar
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Reported Decisions

  • Lima v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 61 So. 3d 1133 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011) (table)
  • Waters v. Amtrust Bank, 64 So. 3d 1267 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011) (table)
  • Eatman v. Fed. Deposit Ins. Corp., 2011 WL 2436290 (M.D. Fla. May 20, 2011), adopted by 2011 WL 2413469 (M.D. Fla. Jun. 14, 2011)
  • Allen v. State Farm, 198 So. 3d 871 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016)
  • Shindorf v. Bell, 207 So. 3d 371 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016)
  • Allen v. State Farm, 209 So. 3d 11 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016)
  • Charles v. Southern Baptist Hosp., 209 So. 3d 1199 (Fla. 2016) (for amicus curiae AARP)
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Nally, 253 So. 3d 576 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018) (table)
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Seminars

  • “November 2018: What’s at Stake for Florida’s Courts,” Tampa Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, October 2018
  • “Indemnification and Insurance in Construction,” CCL University, Florida Construction Law, March 2019
  • “Litigation Basics and Strategies,” Cotney Construction Law, April 2019
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Publications

  • Florida Legal Update, Florida Justice Association (numerous updates since 2017)
  • What I Learned About Diversity From (Gasp!) Reality TV, Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 4 Feb 2013
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Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • City of Tampa Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, 2014 – 2016
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Tampa Connection, Class of 2013
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumni Board, 2006 – 2014
  • American Inns of Court, past member of the Tampa Bay Inn, the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn, and the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc., former Big Brother
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