As Florida's Attorney General, Robert A. Butterworth received national recognition for his success in enforcing victim and consumer protection, environmental, civil rights and antitrust laws. Bob was a leader in the multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry, bringing $11 billion to the state, and was voted the top Attorney General in the nation by his peers. In addition to his leadership in the multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry, he was responsible for the passage of numerous Florida statutes and was the impetus behind amendments to Florida's Constitution expanding open government to all three branches of government and reforming the state's antiquated Cabinet system.
As Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Bob made substantial improvements to the troubled department’s operations and successfully closed more than 800 cases involving litigation and appeals.
Twice, governors have called on Bob to serve as a troubleshooter: once, to head the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the parent agency of the Florida Highway Patrol, to reform that police force and implement diversity into its ranks, and, again, to serve as interim mayor of a South Florida city plagued by political corruption.
In addition, Bob has served as a county judge, circuit judge, prosecutor and Broward County sheriff.
Drawing on his career in public service, Bob focuses his practice on government affairs, advising corporate and business clients in a wide range of matters. For instance, he recently assisted a utility and public entity with an integrity audit, helping them rebuild public trust.
Bob focuses his practice on governmental affairs, advising corporate and business clients in a wide range of matters, including:
- Corporate ethics audits
- Corporate integrity audits
- Compliance and regulatory audits
- Crisis management
- Rebuilding trust with key stakeholders
- Mitigating regulatory risks
- State regulatory issues
- Federal regulatory issues
- Local regulatory issues
- Governmental relations
He was one of Florida’s most distinguished public servants. His service on a local, regional and state level includes:
- Florida’s longest serving Attorney General, 1986-2002
- National Association of Attorneys General, Consumer Protection Committee
- Secretary, Florida Department of Children and Families, 2007-2009
- Dean, St. Thomas University School of Law, 2003-2007
- Senior Judge, State of Florida Judiciary
- Broward County Judge
- Circuit Court Judge
- Broward County prosecutor
- Broward County sheriff
Bob has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. He has been listed as a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide from 2012-2016, and was selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers list in 2014 and 2015.
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1969
University of Florida, B.A., 1965
Florida Supreme Court's Commission On Professionalism