Robert A. Stines


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Phone: (813) 488-2928

Fax: (813) 488-2960

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

- George S. Patton, Jr.



Robert Stines is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Consumer Products Industry Team and Emerging Industries Team.

Excellence, hard work, and innovation are the defining qualities of my litigation practice representing professionals, and small-to-medium size businesses. No matter the size of the client or the type of case, I genuinely strive to provide the best, result-oriented service possible.  This has been the driving force throughout my journey starting in college as a performing arts major, to my career in the United States Army as a military intelligence analyst, to continuing my sense of service by handling pro bono matters in law school, then graduating magna cum laude in my class, and now my never-ending desire to evolve as the digital-age presents new challenges for my clients.

In representing professionals and SMBs, I litigate matters that affect companies interacting through the Internet and digital platforms such as cybersecurity, privacy, cyber-insurance, and e-discovery. To better assist clients with data privacy and cybersecurity matters, I earned a certificate as an IAPP US-law privacy professional. I have represented companies and professionals who have been sued for cyber-incidents where funds and private data were misappropriated. 

A major component of my practice is representing professionals in contract disputes, legal malpractice lawsuits, unfair trade practices, employment agreements, shareholder disputes, and business torts. I have significant experience defending attorneys, insurance agents, and financial advisors in professional malpractice claims.  I have also represented executives and key employees in breach of contract, restrictive covenants and equity disputes.

In addition to speaking engagements, I have written articles analyzing the evolution of cyber law, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. I also host a cyber law blog at

When I am not fighting on behalf of my clients, I am fighting in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments around the world.

With a reputation for championing innovation and creativity, my goal is to provide 21st century legal service that continuously evolves to keep pace with the ever-changing business landscape.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Defended law firm involved in cybersecurity incident that resulted in clients making claims against the law firm.

  • Represented professional in insurance coverage action where insurer denied coverage for cybersecurity incident.

  • Handled various matters involving cyber related issues, such as hacking, spoofing, social media, online applications, cyber insurance, e-contracts, and e-discovery.

  • Pursued breach of contract claims on behalf of financial advisory firm with favorable results.

  • Defended provider of managed care health plans in contract disputes and compensation matters.

  • Prevailed in numerous insurance agency, agent and broker professional liability actions.

  • Resolved litigation against major clinical testing laboratory in claims related to breach of contract and unfair trade practices.

  • Successfully defended numerous law firms and attorneys in legal malpractice actions.

  • Represented producers and performers related to contract disputes.

  • Pursued claims on behalf of shareholders related to the formation and subsequent breach of equity agreements.

  • Negotiated favorable agreements on behalf of multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation in real estate matters.

  • Litigated breach of contract claims on behalf of national restoration, reconstruction, and technical services company.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Tampa Magazine - Top Lawyers 2018 - Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal - Up & Comers (2014)
  • Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2014-2019)
  • Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Paul Barnard Award for Clinic Excellence
  • United States Army Achievement Medal
  • United States Army Commendation Medal

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Board Member, Gasparilla Film Festival
  • American Bar Association (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Committee)
  • The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "The Legal and Personal Financial Risks of Cyber Breaches," Workers' Compensation Institute Cybersecurity Forum 2020 (September 16, 2020).
  • Panelist, "Managing Risk at the Intersection of Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Business," American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Conference (March 6, 2020).
  • Panelist, “Issues in Cyber Coverages for Law Firms and Their Clients Alike,” American Bar Association, TIPS Section Conference (May 1, 2019).
  • Presenter, "Living in the Cyber-Age: Hackers, Computer Fraud Insurance, and Litigation," Florida Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (September 15, 2018). 
  • Panelist, “The Changing Landscape of Professional Liability,"  Association for Corporate Growth Tampa  (May 2, 2018).