Robert J. Kuntz Jr. has represented commercial clients in a wide range of industries including national security, defense, aviation, shipping, private security, undersea cable communications, pharmaceuticals, insurance, payment technology, maritime carriage of cargo and passengers, firearms, design, garment, construction, lending, manufacturing, and gaming. He has successfully handled all manner of business disputes—including fraud, torts, contract claims, class actions, and product liability—at every stage, from pre-suit negotiations, through discovery, trials in state and federal trial courts, and to appeal.

Robert has worked with experts from such varied disciplines as aviation, the maritime trades, industrial manufacturing, the physical sciences, medicine, and forensic accounting. He has deep experience working on both sides of very large fraud, antitrust, and class action cases.

Besides his commercial litigation practice, Robert also serves as professional responsibility and legal ethics counsel to other attorneys. Since 2011, Robert has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law where he teaches attorney ethics and professional responsibility.

He is admitted to practice in all courts of Florida, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, and the Eleventh and Second U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and he has been admitted pro hac vice before federal district courts across the country.

Before going to law school, Robert was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 12 years. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in biology, is from the University of Cincinnati. Robert graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he finished 6th in a class of 340 and was the Paul B. Anton Scholar, a three-semester Dean’s Fellow, and was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and the Order of Coif.

Robert maintains an extensive pro bono legal practice. His work has included children’s advocacy, immigration, and family law matters. He now concentrates his pro bono practice on representing domestic violence petitioners seeking judicial protection from their abusers.

Robert is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Voice Chorus.  He is a member of the Minister and Church Relations Committee of the South Florida Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. He was General Counsel of Opsail Miami 2000, where he conducted all legal affairs for the largest-ever convocation of international tall ships, a festival attended by more than 500,000 people. For his work on the event, he was awarded a Public Service Commendation by the United States Coast Guard.

Robert is conversant in Spanish.

LECTURES

Moderator, “Doing Well While Doing Good: Ethics and the Business of Law,” Dade County Defense Bar Association CLE Luncheon, Miami, October 7, 2015


Principal Organizer and Moderator, “Real World Ethics: How to practice law, win cases, and make a living, all while keeping your license,” Dade County Defense Bar Association annual half-day ethics symposium, October 8, 2014


Panelist, “Hot Topics in International Litigation,” The Florida Bar International Law Section’s Annual International Litigation & Arbitration Conference, Miami, February 28, 2014


Panelist, Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s First Civility and Professionalism Action Summit, Miami, September 24, 2013


Panelist, “Recent Developments in Ethical Restrictions on International Practice: Where Are We and Where Should We Go?” 11th International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Miami, March 1, 2013


Panelist, “Ethics Update for General Practice and Small Firm Lawyers,” CLE Session sponsored by Sabadell Bank and the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Miami, October 2, 2012


Speaker, “Successful Support: Keeping Clients Happy, and Making Lawyers Look Good, While Winning in Court,” South Florida Paralegal Association Fall Seminar, September 27, 2012

AWARDS

Named, “Top Lawyer,” Aviation, Admiralty and Maritime, South Florida Legal Guide, 2017


Honored at the Twenty-seventh Annual Dade County Bar Association and Put Something Back Recognition Luncheon for outstanding pro bono advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence, May 6, 2016


Listed, “Florida Super Lawyer,” Business Litigation, 2013- 2021

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions & Honors

Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in General Commercial and Class Action


Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016-2018)


Selected as a Top Rated International Attorney in the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers


Recipient of Harvard Law School’s full scholarship to attend its Accelerated Leadership Program (2015)


Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation (2014)

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions & Honors

Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in General Commercial and Class Action


Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016-2018)


Selected as a Top Rated International Attorney in the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers


Recipient of Harvard Law School’s full scholarship to attend its Accelerated Leadership Program (2015)


Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation (2014)

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions & Honors

Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in General Commercial and Class Action


Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016-2018)


Selected as a Top Rated International Attorney in the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers


Recipient of Harvard Law School’s full scholarship to attend its Accelerated Leadership Program (2015)


Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation (2014)

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions & Honors

Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in General Commercial and Class Action


Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016-2018)


Selected as a Top Rated International Attorney in the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers


Recipient of Harvard Law School’s full scholarship to attend its Accelerated Leadership Program (2015)


Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation (2014)

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions & Honors

Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in General Commercial and Class Action


Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016-2018)


Selected as a Top Rated International Attorney in the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers


Recipient of Harvard Law School’s full scholarship to attend its Accelerated Leadership Program (2015)


Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation (2014)

Experience

Partner, Devine Goodman & Rasco, LLP, 2002-2022


Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, 1996-2002


Newspaper reporter and editor at various publications, 1982-1993

Education

University of Miami School of Law, JD, summa cum laude


University of Cincinnati, BS in Biology

Admissions

All State Courts of Florida


United States District Court, Northern District of Florida


United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


Eleventh United Stated Circuit Court of Appeals


Second United Stated Circuit Court of Appeals


Has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts across the country

Practice Areas