Attorney Rick Buchwalter, Business Law

Attorney Rick Buchwalter has been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area for almost two decades. Due to his broad legal experience, Mr. Buchwalter is as equally comfortable in the courtroom as he is in the corporate boardroom.

Former State Attorney’s Assistant
Former Florida Prosecutor
Former Assistant Corporate Counsel Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Attorney Rick Buchwalter is a former corporate executive and in-house legal counsel for Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Raymond James Financial, Inc. During the 7 year period he was employed there, Rick negotiated, drafted and reviewed numerous business agreements, including the company’s office leases throughout the United States, its contracts with its equipment and service providers and the contracts related to the construction of the most recent additions to its international headquarters. He also managed all of the company’s collection activities and had exclusive responsibility for enforcement of the company’s employee non-solicitation and non-competition agreements. During a period of approximately one and a half years, Rick Buchwalter appeared as lead counsel in sixteen arbitration hearings representing the company and its financial advisors, obtained arbitration awards in excess of 1.3 million dollars and negotiated settlements resulting in collecting in excess of $1,000,000.

Pinellas County Business Law Attorney

As an Assistant State Attorney for Pinellas and Pasco counties, Mr. Buchwalter prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases in Pasco and Pinellas counties. These include capital crimes, financial crimes and traffic homicides. During his 7 years serving as a state prosecutor, he served as lead counsel in over 100 trials and hearings. In addition, Rick received special assignment to the office’s traffic homicide squad and, prior to the development of the special domestic violence court, as the attorney responsible for prosecuting contempt hearings for domestic injunction violations. Two of his cases garnered national attention, including one case featured on CNN and one case featured on 20/20.

Prior to joining the Law Office of Sonny Im, Rick Buchwalter was a sole practitioner who concentrated in the areas of business law and civil litigation in the state of Florida.

Rick’s areas of practice are: Business Contracts, Business Disputes and Civil Litigation.