Richard Burton Bush

Mr. Bush is the senior partner of Bush & Augspurger, P.A., with offices in Tallahassee and Orlando, Florida. He has been practicing law for 37 years in Florida, as well as throughout the Southeastern United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr. Bush focuses on actions involving the conduct of licensed professionals. In that role, he defends lawyers, allied health care providers, accountants, real estate professionals, architects and engineers, and school districts and school leaders.

Mr. Bush is a nationally recognized lecturer on lawyer conduct, and writes on the subject matter frequently. He has been cited as an authority on the subject in two (2) Law Review Articles. Mr. Bush has been recognized as a “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine, historically the premier annual listing of Florida lawyers, as well as a “SuperLawyer” in Florida, by that magazine. He has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine as a “Top Lawyer in Florida,” and has attained an “A-V Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible by his peers and judges. Mr. Bush has represented lawyers in Grievance matters before The Florida Bar. He has represented lawyers charged with ethics violations in complaints filed by The Florida Bar from inception through trial, and to the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Bush is an editor and co-author of Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida, chapter on Litigation. He is a member of The ABA’s Legal Malpractice Data Center. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), and chaired the Southeast Chapter of PLUS for two years. Mr. Bush is a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) and has chaired the Lawyer Claims Committee. Mr. Bush currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee. In addition to his professional work, Mr. Bush is the proud father of two daughters and a son, and honored to be married to Stacey Allen. He is a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator, and in that capacity, serves as the LNT Coordinator for the Suwannee River Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America.

Education
Legal
Juris Doctor, University of Florida, Spessard P. Holland College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1979
Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts, College of Social & Political Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 1976
Judicial Clerkship
District Court of Appeal, State of Florida, First District, Judicial Clerk, Judge Anne Cawthon Booth, 1979-80

Areas of Practice
Professional Malpractice: Defense of Lawyers, Health Care Providers, Architects, Engineers, Accountants, Employers, School Boards and State Colleges as well as Miscellaneous Professional Liability matters.

Admitted to Practice
United States Supreme Court
Florida Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, United States Virgin Islands
Territorial Court, United States Virgin Islands
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Associations
The American Bar Association, Legal Malpractice Data Resource Center
The Florida Bar, Member, Trial Lawyers Section

Publications
Coauthor, “Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida,” The Florida Bar,
Chapters on Litigation and Representation, 1993 (1st), 1999 edition (2nd), 2002 (3rd) edition, and 2006 (4th) edition. Coauthor, “Certified Legal Assistants Study Guide,” Chapter on Ethics, 1993

Academic Appointments
Visiting Lecturer (Civil Trial Advocacy)
– University of Florida, School of Law
– Florida State University, School of Law
– Stetson Law School
– Tulane Law School
– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Position
Mr. Bush is an Honorary Associate Professor at The Florida State University’s Center for Biomedical & Toxicological Research; and, the Institute for Central and Eastern European Cooperative Environmental Research. In that capacity, Mr. Bush has served on The Executive Committee and The Technical & Advisory Committees for The International Symposia and Exhibitions on Environmental Contamination in Central and Eastern Europe in Budapest, Warsaw & Prague, from 1992-2002.

We Handle Our Own Appeals

  • Robbat v. Gordon, 771 So.2d 631 (Fla. 4th 2000)
  • Weiss v. Leatherberry, 863 So.2d 368 (Fla. 1st 2003)
  • Jones v. FIGA, 908 So.2d 435 (Fla. 2005)
  • Spagnolo v. Nicoletti, 755 So.2d 671 (Fla. 4th 1999)
  • Little v. Law Firm of Trinkle, Moody, Swanson, Byrd and Colton, 345 Fed.Appx. 415 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • School Board of Hernando County v. Rhea, 2017 WL 899897 (Fla. 1st 2017)
  • KMS Restaurant Corp. v. Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, 2017 WL 633720 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017)
  • Wright v. Morgan & Morgan, P.A., 205 So.3d 889 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017)