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 currently a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions. He has served on The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee, and 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 an emeritus member of the Product Liability Advisory Council.
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.