Robert J. Telfer III

Robert J. Telfer III

Robert J. Telfer III

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  • Education

    • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
    • Northwestern University, B.A., 1994

    Practice Areas

    • Appellate Law
    • Civil and Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate litigation
    • Contract litigation
    • Election litigation
    • Employment litigation
    • Securities litigation
    • Insurance litigation

  • Admitted

    • The Florida Bar, 1997
    • U.S. District Court, Southern & Northern Districts of Florida, 2000
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998
    • United States Supreme Court, 2002

    Public Service

    • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998-1999

    Publications and Lectures

    • “The Importance of Appellate Oral Argument”, 33 Stetson Law Review 139 (Fall 2003)

    Representative Client Experience

    • Harrington, et al. v. Gutierrez, et al., No. SC01-1814 (Fla. April 19, 2002). Order granting All Writs Petition and directing circuit court judge to vacate his order prohibiting defense counsel who are employed as full-time insurance company staff counsel from using their individual firm names in pleadings and correspondence, or requiring insurance company staff counsel to disclosure their insurance company affiliation in filing pleadings or other papers in his Division.
    • In re: Constitutionality of House Joint Resolution 1987, 817 So. 2d 819 (Fla. 2002). The Florida Supreme Court, in an original proceeding pursuant to Article III, Section 16(c) of the Florida Constitution, unanimously upheld the Florida House of Representatives’ plan for reapportionment.
    • Griffin v. Kia Motors Corp., 843 So. 2d 336 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003). In the first appellate decision on the “crashworthiness doctrine” after the Florida Supreme Court’s landmark decision inD’Amario v. Ford, 806 So. 2d 424 (Fla. 2001), the First District reversed a jury’s defense verdict. However, the court instructed, on remand, that evidence of the driver’s conduct in causing the first accident could be introduced by Kia as a threshold decision.
    • International Truck & Engine Corp. v. Capital Truck, Inc., 872 So. 2d 372 (Fla. 1st DCA 2004). On petition to review a non-final order of an administrative agency, the First District quashed the challenged order of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, as it failed to give effect to a Florida judgment and caused economic deprivation to the aggrieved parties.
    • Curry v. Florida Bd. of Professional Engineers, 873 So. 2d 1258 (Fla. 1st DCA 2004) (reversing order of the Board denying Appellant’s request for formal hearing).
    • Advisory Opinion to Governor re Sheriff and Judicial Vacancies Due to Resignations, 928 So. 2d 1218 (Fla. 2006). The Florida Supreme Court opined that a “vacancy in office” for a county sheriff shall be calculated from the date of the resignation letter.
    • XL Specialty Ins. Co. v. Aircraft Holdings, LLC, 929 So. 2d 578 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006). The First District granted the insurance company’s petition for writ of certiorari, holding that the attorney-client privilege is not eliminated in first-party bad faith insurance lawsuits.
    • Jennings v. Florida Elections Comm’n, 932 So. 2d 609 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006). The Second District held that a statutory change to Section 106.25, Florida Statutes, should be applied retroactively, thus resulting in the dismissal of nearly 30 alleged violations against a city councilman.
    • DiOrio v. Granger, 942 So. 2d 951 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006) (upholding trial court’s entry of default).
    • Floridians Against Expanded Gambling v. Floridians for a Level Playing Field, 945 So. 2d 553 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006) (en banc). The First District, en banc, reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in a pre-election challenge of a proposed constitutional amendment, in which it was alleged that petition signatures were procured by fraud, holding that the election could not have cured the alleged fraud as a matter of law.
    • Wennett v. Abramson, 996 So. 2d 220 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008) (per curiam affirmed) (upholding trial court’s final judgment in an election contest).
    • Represents clients in appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Florida, all Florida District Courts of Appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
    • Represents public and private entities in complex litigation, including employment litigation, before the state and federal courts of Florida.

  • Professional Associations

    • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section
    • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
    • Tallahassee Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • William H. Stafford Inn of Court
    • The Florida Bar, Appellate Court Rules Committee (2008 – present)
    • The Florida Bar, Federal Court Practice Committee, 2002 – 2007 (Vice Chair 2003 – 2005)

    Community Activities

    • Leadership Tallahassee, Class 23
    • World Class Schools of Leon County, Board of Directors


    • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent ™
    • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2009 and 2010