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Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Steve Frisco

Meet Steve Frisco, one of the attorneys at Robert A. Rush, P.A. in Gainesville, FL. Steve is extremely dedicated to his work with criminal defense, auto accident cases, and other civil matters but we wanted to learn more about this hardworking attorney.

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Gainesville but most of my family is from the Tampa area.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Gainesville High School, the University of Central Florida, and Florida Coastal School of Law.

After law school, why did you move back to the Gainesville area?

I moved back from Jacksonville to Gainesville after law school because I was offered a job working as an Assistant State Attorney with the State Attorney’s Office in Alachua County. I began working with the State in 2007 and I worked as a prosecutor for about eleven years prior to getting hired on as an associate attorney with Robert A. Rush, P.A..

Do You enjoy working at Robert A. Rush, P.A.?

It would probably be pretty awkward if my answer to this question was “no” so it’s a good thing that I can very easily say yes… I totally enjoy working at the Rush Firm! The support staff at the firm are absolutely amazing and getting to help criminal and civil clients in a team atmosphere is extremely enjoyable and fulfilling.

How do you relax?

I typically don’t have anything specific that I do to relax… I usually like to stay home with my dogs and I’m basically a homebody. I don’t usually let myself relax much because I’m extremely involved in my work and I enjoy solving legal problems for my clients. I regularly stay at the office until all hours of the night working on my cases.

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

I rarely travel because I’m typically too busy with work. If I do find time to get away I enjoy vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains or going somewhere close by like St. Augustine or Orlando.

What do you listen to in your car?

It depends on my mood but it could be anything from rock to rap or even jazz and classical music. I played multiple instruments when I was younger so I grew to love jazz and classical pieces but I still find myself going back to more current music all the time.

What was your first job, what did you learn from it, and how much was your first paycheck?

I worked in the Deli at Publix for a couple of years while I was in high school, I learned what head cheese is, and my first paycheck was probably about enough to buy a matinee movie ticket and have a small Coke.

What is in your fridge right now?

A broad assortment of condiments and little, if any, real food. If I ever lost power I definitely wouldn’t lose much money in the form of spoiled groceries.

If you had $5000 to invest, what would you do with it?

I’d probably invest in a movie-quality Chewbacca mask, no I’m just kidding… I don’t know if I’d call it an investment, but I’d probably buy another watch. I’ve been wanting an Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak. I’m not exactly sure why but I’ve become somewhat obsessed with watches lately.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“The problem with being in the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.”

Who inspired you as a child?

Carl Sagan, who was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author. He was probably best known as a science popularizer and communicator who enjoyed bringing science to the masses. He was also well known for his book, the Pale Blue Dot and he was a great speaker. He promoted the idea of caring for the Earth and its inhabitants because it’s the only home we have so far and that gives us an obvious duty to care for our planet and each other.

What is your favorite movie and why?

I don’t really have a favorite movie but I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle an embarrassing number of times.

What is your favorite meal?

“Brinner” meaning, breakfast for dinner… You just can’t go wrong with that.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have two senior dogs, “Keyser” (a Catahoula) and “Carter” (a Weimaraner) that I think of as my kids and I spend a ton of my free time with them. They’re both super calm and friendly so I will sometimes bring either one of them with me to the office on days when I don’t have court. I didn’t bring them with me much when I began at the Rush Firm but I quickly realized that the support staff and my clients really enjoy their company so it has definitely become a much more regular thing.

What have you always wanted to do but have never done?

Drive a tank. I hope I get to do that one day because I imagine that it would be a lot of fun.

What gadget or app do you love?

My iPhone. I hate to admit it but I probably spend way too much time on YouTube and social media.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Invest heavily in Google.

What is the one bit of luxury you can’t live without?

Air conditioning is definitely at the top of my list!

What is your favorite TV show?

I jokingly want to say COPS, but I actually don’t have cable so if I do watch television it typically ends up being something on Netflix.

Where do you donate unwanted things?

The Repurpose Project.

What is your favorite restaurant?

I like going to the Top in downtown Gainesville with friends. I also like sushi and I usually find myself at Bento for that.

What was your first car, what do you drive now, and what would be your dream sports car?

My first car was a 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix “beater mobile“ that my brother handed down to me when he went away for college but now I drive an Audi A6. When I was younger I probably wanted something more stereotypical like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari but as I’ve grown older I find those sort of cars to be very impractical. I guess if I had to choose a sports car to drive I’d go with a V10 Audi R8 since it would at least be a little better to use as a daily driver and I’m sure it would get me to court on time.