E. Patrick Buntz

Of Counsel


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida


Patrick “Rick” Buntz is an experienced civil trial lawyer that practices in the areas of medical malpractice, long term care defense, premises liability, administrative/regulatory investigations defense, general civil litigation and arbitration.

In his representation of physicians, hospitals, and other medical providers, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Rick defends malpractice cases, represents health care providers and facilities in licensure issues before regulatory boards. He has also served on multiple arbitration panels.

Rick has exclusively practiced in civil litigation defense for more than 20 years. He opened and managed an Orlando office for a defense firm, before becoming a founding shareholder of a separate defense firm, with offices in multiple cities and states. He has been admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions at the request of clients to litigate cases.

Rick was born in Baltimore, MD and has lived in Florida since 1978. Rick and his wife have two sons, one in the Army and one in law school. He and his wife live in Clearwater Beach and enjoy traveling and family time.


Florida Bar
Clearwater Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
American Bar Association, 2005

Community Involvement

Pinellas Preparatory Academy, Board Member, 2007 – 2009
Volunteer, Circle of Love-Center for Grieving Children, LifePath Hospice, Tampa, 2004 – 2007


B.S., Stetson University, 1988
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1990