Robert S. Hackleman

Robert S. Hackleman

Of Counsel

Bob Hackleman is a trial attorney who represents substantial clients in litigation and arbitration.  His practice generally involves complex matters in a wide variety of practice areas, including commercial, corporate, securities, intellectual property and probate, and trust matters.

Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating
Committee Chair (2004-2008)
Member of Transition Team for Governor Charlie Crist (2006)
Member of Transition for Senator George LeMieux


Robert earned his B.S. from the University of the Pacific in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School.  For many years, Bob worked with the Gunster Firm, where he served on its Management Committee, chaired its Litigation Department, and headed its Miami Office.  In 2013, Bob helped found Hackleman, Olive & Judd in Fort Lauderdale, where he practiced law for seven years.

Over the past 40 years, Bob has successfully represented numerous plaintiffs and defendants in high dollar litigation.  For example, on the plaintiff's side, Bob obtained a jury verdict in excess of $50 million in a federal case.  On the defense side, Bob represented a big-four accounting firm in the successful defense of a $500 million claim.

Since 2004, Bob has been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America.  In 2019, Bob was recognized as one of the Lawyers of the Year in Florida.  Bob also has been awarded the distinction of being a Super Lawyer and maintains an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell.

  • Complex Commercial and Corporate Litigation
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Class Action Defense

Award and Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers 2007-2019
  • Best Lawyers 2007-2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated as Independently Determined by Martinedale-Hubbell

News and Publications

  • Published contributor to Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Class Action Litigation
  • Aspator Books, 2007, in the article Helping the Client Make the Right Decisions

Civic and Community Involvement

  • Counsel for Governor Charlie Crist, 2008
  • Chair, Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Committee, 2008
University University of the Pacific, B.S., 1985
Law School Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1979
Admitted The Florida Bar, 1979
Court Admissions Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals


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