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Robert A. Shimberg - Shareholder

Robert A.  Shimberg

Education

University of Florida, B.A., B.S., 1984, Honors
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1989, Honors
  • Moot Court

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Robert A. Shimberg - Shareholder

Robert is a Shareholder in the firm's Litigation Group. His primary practice areas include commercial litigation, corporate compliance, cybersecurity, governmental relations and criminal defense. He was formerly a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.

Robert has provided compliance-related services and training to over 300 businesses around the country. He has defended businesses against consumer claims, class action lawsuits, and provided representation in connection with government agency inquiries and investigations and conducts internal investigations. Robert works extensively with automobile dealerships in Florida and throughout the country on proactive compliance and litigation in areas including sales, F&I, advertising, recalls, warranty audits, TCPA, ADA, accounting and pay plan disputes. He led the effort to modify the Florida LAW RISC to include the Seller’s Right to Cancel language and incorporate the conditional delivery form into the RISC. 

Robert assists clients from a variety of sectors in navigating responses to data breaches and cyber-attacks, including: initial assessment, response options, liaison with law enforcement, asset recovery, customer notice, interaction with third-party resources, and litigation. Robert understands the time-sensitive nature surrounding data breaches and cyber-attacks and is responsive and available to assist at all hours. Clients represented include those in: financial services, retail, restaurant groups, manufacturing, sales, automobile dealerships, law firms, and individuals. See link to a recent case dismissal.

He also assists businesses in procurement matters and bid protests and has handled protests for clients against Florida state agencies, counties, cities, school boards and a state judicial circuit.

Robert is a frequent speaker on compliance-related topics to industry groups and associations. He has hosted a number of compliance programs on topics including: “Recalls,” “Conducting Business with Senior Citizen Customers,” “Advertising,” “Employee Theft,” "Addressing Protests and Employee Safety on your Property," and "Cybersecurity Threats & Data Breaches: How to Prepare, Protect and Respond." 

Active in many community concerns, Robert is past chair of the Board of Metropolitan Ministries, the area’s most comprehensive program providing self-sufficiency training to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the Tampa community. He is a member of the Tampa Police Citizens Review Board and a Board Member and on the Capital Campaign Committee for Meals on Wheels of Tampa. He and his wife mentor local teens and work with and support a number of initiatives on behalf of teens and young adults. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • Robert Shimberg Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers 2012 logo R Shimberg
  • 93699 - Hill Ward Henderson
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Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2008-2019)
    • 2019 Tampa Administrative/Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year
    • 2016 Tampa Administrative/Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year
    • 2012 Tampa Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Jimmy Kynes Award
    • Red McEwen Award
    • Most Productive Young Lawyer

Published Decisions
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  • Fudge v. Avenues Motors, Ltd.,
    77 So.3d 183 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2012 WL 75795 1D11-2086
    District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District. January 09, 2012
  • Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc. v. Golden Eagle Industries, LLC,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2005 WL 1669120 8:00-450CIV-T17TGW
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. July 08, 2005
  • U.S. ex rel. Alderson v. Quorum Health Group, Inc.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2008 WL 824227 8:99-CV-413-T-23TGW
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. March 26, 2008
  • Williams v. Gaffin Indus. Services, Inc.,
    88 So.3d 1027 2012 WL 1889284 2D10-2552
    District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District. May 25, 2012
  • U.S. ex rel. Alderson v. Quorum Health Group, Inc.,
    171 F.Supp.2d 1323 2001 WL 1480549 8:99-CV-413-T-23TGW
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. November 08, 2001
  • In re Paul A. Nelson, P.A.,
    203 B.R. 756 1996 WL 732093 95-4614-8G7
    United States Bankruptcy Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. October 22, 1996

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • Transition Team for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (Nov. 2011-Jan. 2012)
    • Economic Crimes/Consumer Protection
  • Metropolitan Ministries (2008-2016)
    • Board Member; Chair
  • Meals on Wheels (2018-Present)
    • Board Member
    • Capital Campaign Committee 
  • Tampa Police Citizens Review Board Member (2016-Present)
  • More Health
    • Champion Award
  • Men of Vision Game Changer Award 2017
  • Cox Media January 2018 Community Hero 

Publications & Presentations

  • Advertising Do's and Don'ts - Protecting Yourself from the AG, the FTC and Your Competitors - by Robert Shimberg & Todd Clarke
  • Employee Theft Webinar - by Robert Shimberg
  • Recognizing Potential Pitfalls in Sales Pay Plans and Avoiding Litigation - by Robert Shimberg
  • Automotive Recalls Issues for the Dealership - by Robert Shimberg
  • Cybersecurity Threats & Data Breaches: How to Prepare, Protect, and Respond.