Richmond "Rick" C. Flowers joined Adams and Reese in 2010 following the firm's expansion into St. Petersburg. He is a Partner and has been practicing law since 1998, focusing his diverse practice in both civil litigation and transactional work with an emphasis on real-estate related matters.
In his transactional work, Rick has broad experience in documenting, negotiating, and closing complex commercial real estate transactions, real estate loans, residential and commercial leases, easements, licenses, and real estate workouts. His past experience includes drafting numerous acquisition and development contracts for national and local developers, and documenting and negotiating a joint venture agreement for a large, upscale regional mall in Sarasota. Rick also has experience in documenting ship mortgages for vessels that are federally-registered and documented with the United States Coast Guard.
Rick's litigation experience closely follows his transactional work with an emphasis on real property litigation and mortgage foreclosures. He also has extensive experience representing manufactured home communities in complex change-of-use litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, and regulatory matters governed under Chapter 723, Florida Statutes. His litigation experience also includes litigating software license disputes, franchise disputes, and title insurance disputes. His extensive real estate transactional experience provides a unique advantage to his real property litigation practice, and vice versa.
Rick is licensed to practice in all Florida courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.
Rick's client representative experience includes:
- Financial institutions in litigating commercial real estate mortgage foreclosures;
- National and local developers in documenting their commercial real estate transactions;
- National title underwriters in defending title insurance claims;
- Substantive knowledge in submerged land issues and maritime law;
- Representing a large, national developer in planning, structuring, and documenting the award-winning "Rosemary Beach" community near Destin, Florida;
- National franchise developer in defending construction defect and breach of contract claims by homeowners;
- Successfully representing local developers in acquiring and changing the use of large-scale manufactured home communities in Pinellas County, Florida, and Orange County, Florida; and
- Successfully representing local developers in acquiring, converting, and selling beach hotels as condominiums.
Rick is a member of the Florida Real Property and Probate Section of the Florida Bar, and a member of International Council of Shopping Centers.
In the community, he is on the Board of Directors for Russell Foundation, a member of Clutch Hitters of Tampa Bay, and a volunteer for All Children's Hospital, Fairmount Park Elementary School and Keswick Christian School. He was a previous recipient of the St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists "Boss of the Year" award; and a recipient of the Halo Crew, Inc.’s "Wings" Award for Charitable Contributions.
Rick received his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 1996, and earned his B.S.B.A. with honors from the University of Florida in1993. While in law school he served as an Assistant Editor of the Stetson Law Review.
Rick spends his spare time with his children and also enjoys diving, spearfishing, flag football, softball, bodybuilding, physical fitness, cycling and Florida Gators football.