Robert Orseck (1934-1978)

At the time of his death, Robert Orseck was the firm′s appellate attorney. He inspired both friendship and respect, and his loss is felt personally and painfully by all who knew him.

In the fifteen years in which he practiced, Bobby established himself as the premier appellate practitioner in Florida. Although his services were sought by a large variety of clients, he chose to devote his career primarily to the representation of tort plaintiffs, and he often appeared on behalf of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers as amicus curiae in major appeals affecting the rights of accident victims. His deep sense of compassion for the rights and lives of others, combined with his legal genius and abounding energy, produced an impressive anthology of case law containing important decisions familiar to every trial and appellate attorney in Florida. They include Holl v. Talcott, West v. Caterpillar Tractor Co., Inc., Metropolitan Dade County v. Dillon, Compania Dominicana de Aviacion v. Knapp, Gates v. Foley, Auburn Machine Works Co. v. Jones, Lincenberg v. Issen, Mathews v. Ranger, Wood v. Camp, and Markert v. Johnson. The Southern Reporter and Federal Reporter contain over 350 reported decisions in which Bobby appeared as counsel.

Many memorials have been and will be dedicated to Bobby Orseck. His presence will continue to be felt in the appellate process for many years to come, because of his intelligent and untiring efforts in shaping the law of Florida.