Richard B. Maltby
Rich is the lawyer in charge of the Gainesville office. Rich joined the firm after completing the highly-regarded Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2015.
Rich’s practice includes civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. He also counsels clients on diverse and complicated business matters, taxation, and real estate, design, construction and development. More specifically:
- Business. Rich has both recovered millions and saved millions for clients in disputes involving partnership and shareholder agreements, license agreements, and other commercial contracts. These cases have been tried or heard in trial courts, appellate courts, arbitration forums, and administrative tribunals in numerous locales. Further, because of his combined litigation experience and tax training, his clients have a unique advantage when working with him on business succession planning, corporate transactions, entity formation strategies, acquisition and sale of businesses, and estate planning.
- Taxation. Rich works extensively with family and closely-held companies and individuals, and provides assistance to other professionals, to analyze and implement tax strategies crucial to each client’s profitability and sustainability. In addition to the above broader business services, other projects where Rich has counseled clients on very involved, tax-specific issues include employee contribution and benefit plans, payroll withholdings, and various tax controversy work.
- Real Estate and Construction. Rich has litigated and arbitrated numerous multi-million dollar disputes involving construction projects throughout the country. In addition, he negotiates and prepares documents for projects ranging from custom-built homes to turnkey industrial and manufacturing plants. He has also handled real estate acquisitions and sales and assisted clients in performing legal due diligence involving property all over the country.
Rich has participated in the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning which is a premier conference that provides valuable guidance on innovative tax and non-tax planning strategies. Rich enhanced his trial skills by completing the rigorous Building Trial Skills Program administered by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He has served on boards of nonprofit organizations and is the recipient of a number of professional and leadership awards, including recent recognition by Super Lawyers as a preeminent attorney in the area of construction law where he has spoken and written about many industry topics.
Prior to joining the firm, Rich practiced for 13 years in Missouri. While there, he was a shareholder at a very reputable business law firm and preceded that experience by serving as a member of the real estate and construction group at the international law firm of Dentons US LLP (previously Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP).
Rich and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters.
Areas of Practice:
- Business Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Real Estate
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. Tax Court
- University of Florida, LL.M. Taxation, 2015
- Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2002 (Staff Editor, Law Journal)
- Kalamazoo College, Economics and Business, B.A., cum laude, 1999
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Building Trial Skills Program, 2012
Presentations and Publications:
- Presenter, “Resolving Construction Defect Claims and Navigating the Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage”, Construction Specifications Institute of Southwest Missouri, Springfield, MO, Jan. 2013
- Co-Presenter, “Preventing and Resolving Construction Defect Claims”, ACI Construction Litigation Conference (CLE), Orlando, FL, Feb.-Mar. 2012
- Author, “Missouri Prevailing Wage Laws Have Broad Application”, Springfield (MO) Business Journal, June 2011
- Presenter, “Design & Engineering Phase Contracts”, AIA Springfield, Springfield, MO, July 2011
- Author, “Change to Mechanic’s Lien Laws Add Advance Notice Rules”, Springfield (MO) Business Journal, June 2011
- Presenter, “Tackling the Legal Aspects of Going Paperless in the Construction Industry”, Construction Specifications
Institute of Southwest Missouri, Springfield, MO, Jan. 2011
- Presenter, “The Owner-Architect Relationship”, Dentons (CLE), St. Louis, MO, May 2010
- Author, “The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Missed Opportunity to Apply the Act to Guardianships”, 46 St. Louis U. L.J. 213, 2002
Professional and Civic Activities and Recognitions:
- Florida Bar
- Gainesville Quarterback Club
- University of Florida Alumni Association
- American Bar Association
- Missouri Bar
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers – construction law
- Up and Coming Lawyer – Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly
- Forty Under Forty – Springfield Business Journal
- Leadership Springfield – Missouri
- Construction Specifications Institute (former board member and president for local chapter)
- Junior Achievement (former advisory board member for local chapter)
- Friends of Abilities First (former board member)
- Homeowner’s Association (former officer)