J. Richard  Caldwell, Jr.

J. Richard Caldwell, Jr.

Of Counsel
Tampa Office

813.223.4253 phone 813.221.4752 fax dcaldwell@rumberger.com

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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 a past member of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, and has served on The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee as well as 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 (PLAC).

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. 

Education

  • University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1970
  • University of Florida , B.A., 1965

Honors

  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products Liability, 2007-2018

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Florida Department of Financial Services, Approved Instructor
  • Products Liability Advisory Council
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • Chair, Trial Tactics Section (2005-2008)
  • American Bar Association
    • Torts and Insurance Practice Section
    • Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Section
    • Section of Litigation
  • The Florida Bar
    • Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Civil) (2000-2009)
    • Civil Procedure Rules Committee (1989-1997)
    • Appellate Rules Committee (1975-1978)

Articles & Presentations

  • Presentation, “Keeping the Craft Alive,” Federation of Defennse and Corporate Counsel, White Sulphur Springs WV, July 2014
  • Presentation, “Negligence Per Se,”, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, White Sulphur Springs WV, July 2014
  • Presentation: “Damages-Only Trials: Preliminary Considerations,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Phoenix AZ, March 2012
  • Presentation: “An Appeal to Reason – Proposed Rule 26.1,” Lawyers for Civil Justice, Washington, D.C., May 2011
  • Presentation: “Motions for Sanctions,” Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Orlando, FL June 2010
  • Presentation: “Overhaul of Florida Standard Jury Instructions,” Product Liability Advisory Council, San Antonio, TX, May 2010
  • Presentation: “Motions for Sanctions – Riding the Storm,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Banff, Alberta, August 2008
  • Presentation: “Faces of Evil – Cambodian War Crimes Trials,” McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, Defiance College (Ohio), April 2008,
  • Presentation: “Death of the Trial Lawyer? – Keeping the Craft Alive” – Products Liability Advisory Council, Chicago, April 2007
  • Presentation: “How to Get the Bad Case Settled at Mediation (Mediating the Bad Case – Trial Counsel Perspective), Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Bermuda, July 2006
  • Presentation: “Tailoring Case Presentation to Fit Geographic Venue,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Chesapeake Bay, MD, July 2004
  • Presentation: “Pretrial Motion Practice – Addressing Punitive Damages Claims”, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, La Malbaie, Quebec, July 2003
  • Presentation: “Don’t Get Shifted in the Courtroom – Experts and Electronic Discovery Pitfalls”, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Boca Raton, FL, March 2002
  • Presentation: Florida Bar CLE Civil Trial Certification Review, “Products Liability”, Miami 1998
  • 64 Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly 465, “Negligence Per Se” (2015)
  • The Briefs, Vol. 78, No. 1 (December 2009/January 2010), “Jury Service in the Electronic Age: New Solutions for New Challenges”
  • FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 2 (Winter 2009), “Motions for Sanctions – Riding the Storm” (Co-Author)
  • Sales & Marketing Magazine, “Are Salespeople Responsible for Their Customers’ Injuries?” (June 2009) (Co-Author)
  • Journal, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, Vol. 3 (Spring 2009), “The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – A ‘Magic Tree’?”
  • Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Handbook, “Florida Law”
  • Florida Bar, CLE Products Liability, Ch. 5, “Defenses”
  • Note, 23 U. Fla. L. Rev. 157 (1971)
  • "Case Comment"
    University of Florida Law Review (Vol. 80, No. 470)

Ratings and Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (1983-date)
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and Past President, The Florida Orchestra
  • Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, Docent 2007-2011
  • President, Board Member, St. Petersburg Opera, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Suncoast Chapter (2003-2008), Board Member