Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Robert A. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida who has been designated an expert in both Civil and Criminal law, but you probably don’t know that he produced a Broadway Show about Elvis and that he does his own landscaping at his office! This down to earth attorney would rather hang out in his vegetable garden than be caught up in glitz and glam. Rush’s employees often get vegetables from his garden and homegrown flowers, which makes for a very happy office. This conservative, high-profile attorney has been caught listening to rap music. You can never judge a book by its cover!

Where are you from and why did you move to Gainesville?

I am from New York, but moved to Alachua in 1977 and attended the law school at UF. I still live in the same, small, brick house after all those years. I love the simple, tranquil lifestyle that Alachua has to offer.

How do you relax?

Ha, not much!!! I work at least 60 hours a week by choice, as I love what I do. When I can, I enjoy spending time with my horses and chickens. I also love to garden. My two German Shepherds, named Scout and Atticus, keep me busy with long walks in the woods. I enjoy a walk on the beach, but that is not very often.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island, as it has miles of unspoiled beach. It is so peaceful and quiet and is a good place for me to unwind with a good book. While I am there I like to fish, play golf and love the local food. Plus, it is only an hour and a half away!

What do you listen to in your car?

NPR. Great news, great sound and interesting stories all the time.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

Selling lemonade at my stand. I learned that you have to include the price of goods before you can make a profit.

What is in your fridge?

Eggs from my chickens and left over pizza.

What has your best financial investment been?

Renovating the historic building that is my law office in downtown Gainesville. The blue house is right in front of the Hippodrome and was originally built in 1895. When I do the yard work at the office, people often stop to ask if I can do their yard.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Never give up!

Who inspired you as a child?

Robert F. Kennedy

What is your favorite thing to do locally?

Taking a canoe out on the Santa Fe River and our wonderful area springs.

What is your favorite thing to snack on?

All kinds of nuts and leftovers from Pizza in the Hood.

What is your favorite movie and why?

A Bronx Tale. Great morality story involving a father and son. Robert De Niro stars and directed this movie.

What drives you crazy?

Ignorant people who speak without thinking or caring about facts.

What is your favorite meal?

Fresh, fried Mayport shrimp and my pizza, from Pizza in the Hood.

What have you always wanted to do but never done?

Drive a submarine around the ocean.

What gadget can’t you live without and why?

I could live happily without any gadget.

What was your first car and what do you drive now?

My first car was a yellow, MG convertible. Now, I drive a white Toyota 4 Runner and my old pickup truck on the weekend.