Understanding and Compassion

Have you ever had something bad happen and wondered if you should call an attorney? Some things just…happen! It is times such as this when you should pick up your phone and call the law office of Robert A. Rush. A phone call is free and you will get some sound advice on whether or not you have a case.

I want you all to know that I have personally known Robert Rush for years. His compassion for those wrongly accused and for kids that have found themselves in a tangled legal mess is immeasurable. Rush and his staff work long hours and take their cases personally.

Now you are probably asking the obvious question? What is a horse doing in an attorney’s office?

A few months ago my friends Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, from Gentle Carousel told me about their miniature therapy horses being brutally attacked by their neighbors Pitbull’s. They were understandably upset. Their non-profit 501(c) (3), named, Gentle Carousel is an award-winning all volunteer charity that has spent over 20 years training their horses. The Garcia-Bengochea’s spent thousands on vet bills but sadly both of these highly trained horses passed away. Of course this is heart-breaking but also a huge loss to the sick children in hospitals across the country that have got to know the horses from the many hospital visits that they do. The Garcia-Bengochea’s got in touch with Rush who took the case. Rush has a great of understanding of animals as he owns two beautiful German Shepherds and horses. Because of Rush’s extensive legal knowledge, he was able to gain a considerable settlement for the Garcia-Bengochea’s, and they are now back to doing what they love and providing loving support to the sick.

I personally had a minor car accident a few months ago. I was rear ended by a motorist that was texting and driving. Although there was not a lot of visible damage to the car I was in, I did sustain a neck injury. At the time of the accident I felt a dull pain. I felt kind of dumb for even mentioning it to the police officer, but I am so glad that I did, as the pain progressed as time went on. Rush was able to immediately get me in to see an accident specialist who treated my neck and shoulders. It really put my mind at ease knowing that someone was looking after all the medical bills and that I was getting the very best care that I would not have found on my own.

When choosing an attorney you want someone with experience and training. The attorneys at Robert A. Rush not only have this, but they also understand of each unique situation and handle them with compassion.

Robert Rush is certified as an expert in both Civil Trial Law and Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar. He had tried and won many multi–million dollar cases. Mr. Rush has the rare distinction of having tried numerous first-degree murder cases, as well as almost every other type of criminal case.

While many people think of Robert Rush as a criminal defense lawyer, or a civil rights lawyer, he is Board Certified in civil trial law and has tried every type of accident cases. “Yes, I’ve tried a lot of accident cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, accidents with buses, slip and fall accidents and diving accidents. Whenever an insurance company fails to treat my client fairly, and someone has been injured through no fault of their own, I do not hesitate to employ our judicial system to get justice for my clients. The right to a jury trial in a civil case is contained in the Bill of Rights of our United States Constitution.”

The Florida Bar currently has more than 100,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in Florida. Only FOUR of those lawyers are Board Certified in both Criminal Trial Law and Civil Trial Law. Robert Rush, here in Gainesville, FL, is one of those four certified by the Florida Bar as an “Expert” or “Specialist” in Civil and Criminal Trial Law.

While attending law school at the University of Florida, Robert participated on the inaugural trial team for the Law School which won the National Championship. For many years Mr. Rush taught Trial Practice at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and coached the College of Law’s Trial Team onto more national championships.

Robert served as on the board of Governors for the Florida Bar representing the Eighth Judicial Circuit from 1999 through 2005. He also served on the Florida Bar’s Executive Committee. In 2010, Robert was awarded the Pro Bono Award for his volunteer work. I can tell you that Robert is a very down to earth and humble person. You will usually find him at the weekend gardening or at a Gator game with his family and friends.

There are three other attorneys in the office of Robert A. Rush. Marian Rush, Jacob Rush and Anne Rush.

Marian Rush is Robert’s sister. Marian has practiced law since 1983. She has extensive experience as a commercial litigation attorney and currently serves the City of Alachua as City Attorney. When you need the expertise of a certified expert city, county, and local government lawyer, call for Marian.

Marian Rush is also an accomplished car accident attorney and handles many civil lawsuit issues, including commercial disputes.

She has received the highest rating of her peers by Martindale Hubbell, receiving a perfect score of 5 out of 5 for her A-V rating, the highest rating available.

She began her legal career at a large law firm in St. Petersburg, handling a wide variety of matters including insurance coverage and defense, including auto and truck accidents, construction litigation, products liability and medical malpractice cases, along with handling commercial and residential closings, garnishments, and foreclosures for banks. Because of her extensive work in the area of banks and banking regulations, in 1991 she was hired as a senior attorney by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to primarily handle professional liability claims against the professionals of failed financial institutions arising out of fidelity bond claims, director and officer’s liability, attorney malpractice, accounting malpractice, appraiser malpractice, and security and commodity broker negligence throughout the State of Florida.

Her efforts in handling cases involving failed savings and loans resulted in the recovery of more than ten million dollars for the taxpayers. As an authorized agent of Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund and Chicago Title Insurance Company, Ms. Rush also participated in a commercial real estate auction and the replanting and refinancing of a fifty-million-dollar multi-use project.

In 2001, Ms. Rush moved to Gainesville and joined her brother’s flourishing law practice bringing a depth of experience in commercial litigation, insurance disputes, and financial and transactional work. In 2003 Marian was chosen by the City of Alachua to be the City Attorney. She feels both proud and privileged be serving in this position. She has received Board Certification from The Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law.

Over the past 30 years, Marian has participated in jury trials in state and federal court. This includes numerous trials between two and three weeks in duration. She has also participated in 23 appeals in Florida’s First, Second and Fifth District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal. She is also admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court.

I can tell you that Marian is also a diehard football fan. As she used to live in St Petersburg, Marian likes to attend Tampa Bay Buccaneer games on a regular basis. She is devoted Gator fan and is in attendance at most home games and gets to away games when possible.

Jacob Rush is Robert’s son. He attended UF and worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy where he got hands-on experience with the particulars of Law Enforcement and the criminal justice system. He patrolled all of Alachua County, worked as a D.U.I. investigator, did proactive drug enforcement and responded to crashes involving cars and trucks. When Jacob’s zone partner, a National Guardsman, was called up to Afghanistan in 2005, Jacob went to law school. After law school, he returned to A.S.O. as a Reserve Deputy to continue his service without pay.

As a practicing attorney, Jacob takes the skills and knowledge of law enforcement up the legal chain to the courthouse, focusing mainly on civil litigation, constitutional law and automobile accidents. His years of writing traffic tickets, responding to emergencies and investigating crashes as a Sheriff’s Deputy, are valuable assets to his clients.

The legal team at Robert A. Rush, P.A. often leverages Jacob’s experience in criminal cases, where his knowledge is used in determining whether police error created the wrong result and violated the constitutional rights of citizens.

Jacob served the Florida Bar as the Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors representative for the Eighth Judicial Circuit from 2009 through 2014, he also served on the Board of Directors of the local Bar. Jacob continues to hone his law enforcement interests as a member of the City of Gainesville’s Black on Black Crime Task Force and by teaching law enforcement legal updates.

Anne Rush is the wife of Jacob Rush and mother to their son Victor who is three years old. Anne Rush graduated from MIT in Boston, M.A., and worked for a theoretical physicist before she went to Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg.

Anne was a Public Defender for several years before moving to Associate Corporate Counsel for RTI Surgical in Alachua, FL. The biotech company drew on her experience in the science and legal fields.

In 2014 Anne joined the family business as a full-time lawyer on the team.

This law firm has countless years of experience along with a working family that can understand any difficult and trying situation in life. Most of the time there is no out of pocket expenses and a phone call to the office at Robert A. Rush is free. They will quickly tell you their honest opinion and let you know if you have a case they can help you with.

The law office is a beautiful, historic, blue house that sits in front of the Hippodrome in downtown Gainesville.

It is VERY important to note that, if you are in a car accident you must contact a doctor and notify your own insurance company within 14 days of the accident. If not you will not be able to make any claims. A lot of soft tissue damage may not take affect within the first few days of an accident. Keep notes, take photos and call the office of Robert A. Rush.

352-373-7566 RobertARushPA.com
11 SE 2nd Ave Gainesville