Rick Duarte


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

University of Florida, B.A., 2006

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation


Outside General Counsel

Professional Recognition

Florida Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for Business Litigation

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021


P: 813.405.1783

E: rick@duartefirm.com

Rick is the firm's Managing Partner and represents clients in complex commercial disputes, administrative proceedings, enforcement actions, and state and federal court litigation from inception through trial. He also serves as general counsel to small and medium-sized businesses, guiding clients through corporate governance, employment matters, risk management issues, and strategic decisions where business and law intersect.

As part of his litigation practice, Rick has represented global manufacturers, financial institutions, real estate developers, C-level executives, professional athletes, and health care professionals in a wide array of business disputes.


For each of the last five years, Rick has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in the state of Florida for Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine; a recognition limited to just 2.5% of lawyers in the state each year. He has also held various bar leadership positions and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Additionally, Rick is an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University School of Law where he teaches rising third-year law students the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques.

Rick prides himself on preparing a detailed strategy for each matter up front, maintaining an open line of communication every step of the way, and ensuring that his clients’ objectives are met in the most efficient manner possible.

Representative Clients

Bank of America Corporation

SunTrust Bank

Prosper Marketplace

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Continental Tire the Americas

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Rolls-Royce Holdings

Representative Cases

  • 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

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Bar Leadership Institute