Rick Duarte


University of Florida, B.A., 2006

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2010

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation

Personal Injury

General Counsel

Professional Recognition

Business Litigation Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers magazine

2016 - 2022


P: 813.405.1783

E: rick@duartefirm.com

Rick is the firm's managing partner. He regularly represents companies and individuals in business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair trade practices claims. He also has extensive experience litigating non-compete and trade secret claims arising out of the sale of a business, as well as in employment relationships.

Rick also handles business control and dissolution claims among business owners within closely held corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and professional associations and frequently represents clients across an array of industries, including:

  • Healthcare

  • Hospitality

  • Real Estate

  • Financial Services

  • Construction

  • Logistics and Transportation

In addition to his litigation practice, Rick serves as general counsel to many of his clients, guiding them through corporate governance, employment matters, risk management issues, and strategic decisions where business and law intersect.


Rick has been recognized as a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Florida Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2016. Rick also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University School of Law where he teaches students the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques.

Rick prides himself on being a problem solver. Whether preparing for trial or helping business clients in his role as general counsel, Rick works tirelessly to develop timely and strategic guidance to ensure his clients' objectives are met in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Representative Cases

  • Represented the CEO of a healthcare company and secured a complete dismissal, with prejudice, on client's behalf in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, conversion, and alter ego claims. Court also awarded attorneys' fees and costs in client's favor.

  • Represented a prominent South American agricultural company against a competitor in a lawsuit involving an alleged $15,000,000 breach of promissory note. Competitor’s alleged theories of liability included piercing the corporate veil as well as a number of different agency theories.

  • Successfully represented national bank in complex construction loan litigation involving real estate developer, insurer, general contractor, and various subcontractors in which the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $2,000,000.

  • At oral argument secured complete dismissal, with prejudice, on behalf of a national bank in lawsuit alleging breach of contract, fraud, conversion, and Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) violations in which the plaintiff sought more than $250,000 in damages.

  • Obtained extremely favorable result for Silicon Valley-based financial technology company in claims alleging Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violations.

Community & Civic Involvement

Emory University School of Law Adjunct Faculty

Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques 

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division

2018 - 2021