Ronald E. Bush

Ronald E. Bush

Founder and Former Managing Partner

Location: Tampa, Florida
Phone: 813-228-7000
Fax: 813-273-0091

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Ron Bush received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Union College in 1981 and Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 1984. Prior to joining the Firm as a partner in 1995, Ron practiced as a Senior Litigation Associate in the New York firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. From 1991 until 1995, Ron was a shareholder in the Tampa firm of Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans, P.A.

Ron has significant jury trial experience which includes state and federal court jury trials of numerous personal injury, professional liability and property damage actions. Ron has focused his practice on the defense of personal injury claims, products liability claims, professional liability claims of all types, health care related matters, long-term care, bad faith claims and insurance coverage disputes. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has awarded Ron an “AV” rating.  He has been included on the Florida Super Lawyers list from 2008 – 2021, and has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers since 2011.

A Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Ron is also authorized to mediate cases in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Having mediated thousands of cases as a litigant, both as Defense counsel and Plaintiff’s counsel, Ron brings a wealth of experience to the table as a neutral mediator. Ron is dedicated to providing meaningful dispute resolution services to litigants in a thoughtful and compassionate manner.  Having developed a reputation for thorough preparation and skillful handing of complex legal matters, Ron brings this same focus and attention to detail to his mediation practice.   With over thirty-six years of experience Ron has developed the ability to establish trust and confidence while building an atmosphere of compromise in all participants to a mediation.   Ron is also a Florida Supreme Court trained Arbitrator.

Ron has also been a frequent lecturer and instructor on the topic of Alternative Dispute Resolution at multiple national seminars.

A member of the Florida Bar, Ron is also a member of the New York State Bar, District of Columbia Bar, United States District Court for the Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Ron has also completed the Litigation Management Institute hosted by Columbia Law School earning the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, as a member of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County. Ron was selected to the Leadership Tampa Class of 1998 by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability Claims
  • Professional Liability Claims
  • Long Term Care Claims
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Litigation Management Professional

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1984
  • District of Columbia, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • Juris Doctor cum laude – 1984
  • Union College, Schenectady, NY
    • B.A. – 1981
    • Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to Florida Super Lawyers list, Medical Malpractice: Defense, 2008 – 2021
  • Recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers since 2011
  • Selected to the Leadership Tampa Class of 1998 by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Member
  • New York State Bar, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, Chairperson
  • National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Member
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Member
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member
  • Chairperson of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Florida
  • Vice Regional Chairperson, Tampa Area Chair of the Florida Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Past Employment Positions

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Senior Litigation Associate
  • Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans, P.A., Shareholder, 1991 – 1995