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Robert B. Parrish

Contact information bparrish@mppkj.com

904.421.8436

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Areas of Practice

  • Class action defense
  • Complex civil litigation
  • Environmental law
  • Insurance defense
  • Labor and employment law
  • Maritime law
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Product liability and personal injury defense

Education

  • Duke University A.B., 1973
  • Duke University School of Law J.D., 1978

Admissions

  • Florida Bar (1979)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

A veteran trial lawyer, Bob Parrish has extensive courtroom experience in Florida and elsewhere. He has represented clients in environmental litigation, serious maritime matters and class action cases, and he is the lead local counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Beginning his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the former Fifth Circuit, Mr. Parrish joined the firm in 1979. Since then he has served as lead counsel in a regional oil spill and casualty response network; handled all phases of pollution litigation, including natural resource damages assessment; helped ship owners and their insurance interests defend against various types of claims; and managed various other complex civil litigation. Mr. Parrish is a published author and national speaker on a variety of topics. He is a proctor member and former president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.

Mr. Parrish attended Duke University on a football scholarship, and was drafted by the New York Jets after graduation in 1973. He returned to Duke to attend law school in 1975, where he was a published member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal.

Associations/ Memberships/ Distinctions

  • Immediate Past President, Maritime Law Association of the United States (2010-2012)
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (Past Chairman of the Admiralty Law Committee)
  • Titular Member, Comité Maritime International
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter (President, 1984-1985)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Honorary Member, Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Maritima
  • United States Delegation to the International Maritime Organization Legal Committee (2012-14)
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Who's Who Legal: Shipping and Maritime 2015
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport 2017

Awards / Recognitions

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • Silver Beaver, Boy Scouts of America
  • Coast Guard Award of Merit
  • Member, Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations
  • AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

  • Robert B. Parrish, Criminalization of Maritime Negligence: Investigative Steps to Take, Se. Adm. L. Inst.

    June 2007
  • 29 James Wm. Moore, Moore’s Federal Practice § 707.06, Marine Pollution

    3d ed. 2006
  • Robert B. Parrish, Issues of Conflicts Among County, State and City Enforcement of Laws, Rules and Regulations, Along With Remedies, Criminal Aspects in Environmental Issues; and the Ramifications of Huron v. Detroit, 77 Tul.L.Rev. 1265

    2003
  • Robert B. Parrish, Circumventing Title III -- The Use of the Pen Register, 1977 Duke L.J. 751

    1977