Richard C. McCrea , Jr. - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Richard C. McCrea , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Richard C. McCrea, Jr. ("Rich") is a jury trial lawyer specializing in employment, civil rights and restrictive covenant litigation.

Rutgers UniversityRutgers University School of Law, NewarkJ.D. 1982
Miles for Moffitt Board of Directors

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Areas of Concentration
  • Employment litigation
  • Trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation
  • Civil rights
Significant Representations

  • Defended lawsuit filed by former University of South Florida football coach, Jim Leavitt, for breach of his employment agreement.  Leavitt was terminated on January 8, 2010 after an investigation by the University determined that he had struck a student-athlete, lied to investigators, and interfered with the University's investigation.  Leavitt contended that he was terminated without cause and sought over $7.1 million in damages. (See St. Petersburg Times, June 9, 2010; Tampa Tribune, May 5, 2010, June 10, 2010, September 22, 2010)
  • Defending Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff in a class action filed by a detention deputy representing approximately 1,000 detention deputies seeking unpaid wages for meal breaks and roll call periods.
  • Selected to defend the University of Florida Law School and its Dean in a federal civil rights action filed by a former law professor.  Obtained transfer of venue from federal court in New Jersey to federal court in Florida.  The plaintiff is now seeking to add Oxford University as an additional defendant. (See The National Law Journal, February 9, 2009 and September 2, 2010)
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  • Selected as special labor counsel advising the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners on the terminations of the County Administrator, County Attorney, and Internal Auditor. (See St. Petersburg Times, March 23, 2010, June 4, 2010, August 19, 2010, April 15, 2011, May 5, 2011, May 31, 2011, and December 30, 2011; Tampa Tribune, March 17, 2010, March 18, 2010, March 24, 2010, June 4, 2010, May 4, 2011, May 5, 2011, May 26, 2011, May 28, 2011, June 3, 2011, December 15, 2011, and December 30, 2011)
  • Represented a professional sports franchise in a four-day arbitration against its head coach in an action seeking $2.2 million in contract damages. 
  • Tussing et al. v. Quality Resources, Inc., et al., No. 8:09-cv-1833, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110190 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 25, 2009) Obtained ruling denying collective action certification in a Fair Labor Standards Act case involving over 500 potential plaintiffs.
  • Southeastern Mechanical Services Inc. v. Brody, No. 8:08-CV-1151, 2009 WL 2883057 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 31, 2009)   Served as co-counsel in this federal action filed against four individual defendants and two corporate defendants, claiming, among other things, misappropriation of trade secrets.  Following a two-day evidentiary hearing, obtained a preliminary injunction against the defendants.  The Court imposed spoliation sanctions for destruction of e-mails, calendar entries, and text messages that were stored on portable electronic devices. (See The National Law Journal, December 17, 2009)
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  • McCullough v. Antolini et al., 559 F.3d 1201 (11th Cir. 2009)  Defended Pinellas County Sheriff and two deputy sheriffs against claims brought by a motorist who died of multiple gunshot wounds after a traffic stop.  Obtained reversal by Eleventh Circuit of trial court's denial of summary judgment on excessive force claims, resulting in dismissal of all claims against all defendants.
  • Barr v. City of Eagle Lake, No. 8:06-cv-1568, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20561 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 17, 2008)
  • Noell v. White, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 23527 (11TH Cir. Sept. 13, 2006)
  • Wilber v. Correctional Services Corp., 393 F.3d 1192 (11th Cir. 2005)
  • Daniel v. City of Tampa, 38 F.3d 546 (11th Cir. 1995)
  • Rasor v. Rice, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7521 (M.D. Fla. FEB. 28, 2006)
  • Moran v. Correctional Services Corp., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26507 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 24, 2002)
  • Johnson v. Rice, 90 F.E.P. Cases 117 (M.D. Fla. 2002)
  • Taylor v. Regeration Technologies, Inc., 86 F.E.P. Cases 112 (N.D. Fla. 2001)
  • Heine v. Rice, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9840 (M.D. Fla. April 6, 2001)
  • Kelleher v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 17 I.E.R. Cases 476 (M.D. Fla. 2001)
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  • Foster v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 111 F. Supp. 2d 1320, 16 I.E.R. Cases 1066 (M.D. Fla. 2000)
  • Swiney v. Lazy Days' R.V. Center, Inc., 83 F.E.P. Cases 1424 (M.D. Fla. 2002)
  • Cunningham v. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3825 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 29, 2000)
  • Zerby v. Neuromuscular Medical Centers, 10 Am. Disabilities Cases 278 (M.D. Fla. 1999)
  • St. George v. Pinellas County, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18686 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 22, 1999)
  • Gordon v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 78 F.E.P. Cases 1736 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • Digiro v. Pall Aeropower Corp., 19 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • Stewart v. Town of Zolfo Springs, 77 F.E.P. Cases 1718 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • Michios v. Rooms To Go Miami Corp., 7 Am. Disabilities Cases 961 (S.D. Fla. 1997)
  • Campbell v. Tampa College, 73 F.E.P. Cases 569 (M.D. Fla. 1997)
  • Jolley v. Phillips Educational Group, 71 F.E.P. Cases 916 (M.D. Fla. 1996)
  • Brown v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 70 F.E.P. Cases 1211 (N.D. Fla. 1996)
  • Moneverde v. Baby Superstore, 68 F.E.P. Cases 15 (M.D. Fla. 1995)
  • Henderson v. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., 884 F.Supp 499 (S.D. Fla. 1995)
  • America II Electronics. v. Smith, 830 So.2d 906 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002)

Office Location

101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1900
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Tampa Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Tampa Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Tampa Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law of the Tampa Metro Area
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Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Trade Secrets Law