Martindale-Hubbell Rating

AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Professional Partnership dissolution litigation
  • Professional liability - legal malpractice
  • Accountants’ liability
  • Real estate litigation
  • Insurance litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Attorneys’ fees disputes
  • Employment litigation

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Richard M. Bales, Jr.


Attorney Richard M. Bales, Jr.

Mr. Bales began his career in 1977 as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Peter T. Fay of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

For over thirty years, Mr. Bales has focused his practice in the field of commercial litigation concentrating in the areas of complex contractual and business disputes, professional liability, securities litigation, and real estate litigation.

Although the majority of his work involves cases in state and federal courts, he has also handled cases before NASD, FINRA, and American Arbitration Association Arbitration Panels.

Mr. Bales has been AV Rated by his peers in Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years.



Admitted:

The Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Prior Professional Relationships:

  • 1977 – 1978 – Law Clerk to the Honorable Peter T. Fay, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • 1978 - 1992 – Kelly Black Black Byrne Beasley & Bales, P.A.
  • 1992 – 1999 – Carlson & Bales, P.A.
  • 1999 – Present – Bales, Sommers & Klein, P.A. (Predecessor firm names: Richard M. Bales, Jr., P.A. and Bales & Sommers, P.A.)

Law School:

Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Magna Cum Laude, 1977.


College:

Stetson University, Magna Cum Laude, 1974.


Member:

The Florida Bar.


Born:

Fort Monroe, Virginia (1952).

 

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