Richard A. Greenberg

Richard Greenberg concentrates his practice in the areas of professional responsibility, professional licensure defense, and criminal defense. For nearly 30 years, Richard has focused his practice on representing attorneys in grievance matters before The Florida Bar and representing Florida Bar applicants in proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Richard also provides letters of advice on legal ethics issues and serves as an expert witness on legal ethics. In addition to representing attorneys and Florida Bar applicants, Richard represents professionals in licensure matters before state regulatory bodies.

Richard has an extensive background in criminal defense, representing clients in matters ranging from traffic offenses and DUI to serious felony offenses punishable by life in prison. He represents clients in both state and federal courts in the State of Florida and in the State of Georgia. Richard has personally tried over 150 jury trials to verdict. Richard also has extensive experience representing individuals seeking clemency through the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.

In addition, Richard represents clients in appellate matters in both state and federal courts and has appeared for oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida and before the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been counsel of record in over 75 published opinions.

Prior to joining Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, Richard served as an assistant public defender in Tampa, Florida from 1984-87 and as an assistant staff counsel for The Florida Bar in its Tampa office from 1987-89. After leaving The Florida Bar and returning to his hometown of Tallahassee, Richard had a successful career as a sole practitioner for sixteen years. He also served as the first Traffic Court Hearing Officer in Leon County, Florida from 2002 -2005.

Richard is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. In addition, for the fifteenth consecutive year, he has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2019 edition) in the field of criminal defense (non-white collar).

Richard is actively involved in many legal organizations. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers, and served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar from 1994-2003 and again from 2008-2014. He is currently the president of the statewide Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) and is the treasurer for the Tallahassee chapter of FACDL. He formerly served as president of the Tallahassee chapter. In addition, Richard is president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

  • Education

    University of Georgia School of Law - J.D., 1983
    Florida State University - B.A., International Relations, with honors, 1979
  • Honors

    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2005-2020
    • Selected as "Lawyer of the Year" for Criminal Defense - Non-White Collar in Tallahassee by Best Lawyers in America 2013
    • Recipient of the 2012 Gene Taylor Memorial Award, Tallahassee Chapter FACDL
    • Recipient 2005 and 2012 Appreciation Award, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Bar Admissions

    • Georgia (1983)
    • Florida (1983)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle)
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
    • Capital Rotary Club
    • Capital Tiger Bay Club
    • Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers
    • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President
    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Tallahassee Bar Association, Board Member
  • Articles & Presentations

    • "Legal Ethics Training for Nonlawyers," Innocence Project of Florida, August 2019
    • Speaker, "A Primer on Professionalism," Florida State University College of Law Professional Development Class, March 2018
    • Speaker, "Navigating the Four Cs – Competence, Communication, Conflicts and Candor," Defender Summer School hosted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit and Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, August 2018
    • Speaker, "“Mental Health Inquiries in the Bar Admissions Process," Florida State University College of Law, November 8, 2017
    • Speaker, "Ethics Update," FACDL Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar, April 21, 2017, Tampa, Florida
    • "Florida Bar Admission Proceedings: Why You Need Counsel," May 2017
    • Co-Author, “Justice Antonin Scalia: Darling of the Criminal Defense Bar?” Fall 2016 issue of the Florida Defender, the quarterly publication of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • “Recent Changes to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar”, Florida Defender
    • "Lawyers vs. Judges: The Florida Bar & JQC - the Consequences of Courtroom Conflict," Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 2016
    • "Why Can't We Be Friends? Limitations on the Use of Social Media by Attorneys", Florida Defender (Summer 2014)
    • "Florida's Code for Resolving Professionalism Complaints", Florida Defender (Fall 2013)
    • "How to Avoid a Bar Admission Investigative Hearing and Understanding the Bar Admission Process" at the Florida A&M University College of Law
    • "Financial Responsibility for Bar Applicants and Attorneys," Speaker, Tallahassee Women Lawyers "Rookie Camp" Seminar
    • "The Ethics of Outsourcing and Metadata,” Speaker, Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminar 2010
    • “Ethics - A Review of Important Decisions," Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar
    • "Constitutional Ethics Issues", Society of Criminal Defense Bar; Got Rights?" Constitution Day CLE Seminar, Speaker
    • "Recent Changes to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar”, Florida Defender
    • "Plea Negotiations: Communication is the Key”, Florida Defender
    • "Ethics: Representation of Criminal Co-Defendants”, Florida Defender
    • “Ethics: How Can You Represent Those People?”, Florida Defender
    • "To Testify or Not: Who’s Decision Is It?”, Florida Defender
    • “What Can You Say, and Is Anybody Listening?”, Florida Defender,
    • "Ethics and Criminal Law”, Florida Defender,
    • "Taking ‘The Fifth’ in Bar Disciplinary Proceedings: DeBock Revisited,” Florida Defender
    • "Collateral Consequences of an Attorney's Arrest", Florida Defender
  • Ratings and Certifications

    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Georgia
  • Florida


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