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Robert Savage

Insurance Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Bert Savage

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 5 years
    Florida - FL 30 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2019
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Insurance

  2. Business
    We offer comprehensive business consulting services. If you have any business legal need, contact us for assistance. Some matters we handle for business owners include: * Private Placement Memoranda * Business entity selection, formation, and documentation * Drafting and review of business contracts, employment contracts, separation agreements, etc. * Negotiation of all business contracts and agreements

    31 years, 300 cases

  3. Securities and investment fraud
    I started as an NASD (nka FINRA) regulator in Manhattan and since then I have represented many investors against brokers and brokerage firms. I also represent select brokers and brokerage firms in various actions including regulatory actions.

    31 years, 400 cases



I have been a member of the Florida Bar since January 1994 and I am licensed to practice in all Florida state courts as well as the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Northern District of Florida. My practice has focused on all manner of business issues including extensive experience in stock loss issues, securities brokerage compliance and regulatory matters, including defending brokers who have been sued, bankruptcies, and litigation. 

For approximately five years I was senior in-house counsel and chief compliance officer for a large regional brokerage firm. He and the two other founding members began the brokerage firm with three administrative staff and less than ten brokers. In the ensuing years, they grew the firm to have a back office' administrative staff of approximately 20 and more than 450 registered representatives in approximately 25 states and Puerto Rico. I also worked for several other broker-dealers in similar capacities.

I also worked as a regulator with the what is now known as FINRA in Manhattan. During my time as a FINRA regulator I investigated numerous customer complaints against registered representatives and brokerage firms.

I am a New Jersey native who has been living in Florida for more than 26 years with my wonderful wife of 20 years and my amazing children.  I founded Savage Villoch Law, PLLC so that I could put my experience and knowledge to work to help clients one person at a time, to provide the attention each client deserves, and to do my best to help my clients.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance
  • All manner of business disputes and organization
  • Stock Fraud Litigation
  • Stockbroker Mismanagement Litigation
  • Regulatory Representation and Consulting

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Robert Savage
412 East Madison Street
Suite 815
Tampa, FL, 33602

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Posted by Paula | November 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robert Savage was an amazing attorney.
I was referred to Robert by a friend. He was professional, knowledgeable and always answered my questions as detailed as possible. I felt he always knew what was going on with my case and kept me up to date on any new details. He was always returned my phone calls and emails in a good time frame. I would 100% refer him to other people and I actually have!
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Posted by amy | December 19, 2014
Stellar service
Having Burt advise and represent our new and growing company was the best decision made. It gave us piece of mind having someone we could trust an confidence knowing he was the most qualified for the task. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2014
Great Decision to Hire Mr. Savage
Mr. Savage was recommended by a colleague. He is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience. He is trustworthy and does exactly what he says he will do. He does his job very well. I will hire him again in the future if I need an attorney.
Posted by Bob | September 3, 2014
Rock Solid
Over the years I have come to rely on the expertise of Robert "Bert" Savage in the most important matters concerning my business and my non profit organization. His knowledge and guidance has allowed me to take a more successful path than I would've chosen without him. He takes a genuine interest in my business and has consistently supported my efforts with rock solid advice and enthusiasm. He's as good as they get.
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Posted by William | August 28, 2014
Review of Bert Savage's services
Bert Savage has been a great help to myself and my company. He has demonstrated that he is very knowledgeable and effective, and seems to achieve a lot with the hours he bills. We are quite satisfied with his services and intend to continue our relationship with him. Highly recommended for any of his areas of expertise.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2014
Most definitely a great lawyer.....
Very knowledgeable, always kept me informed, winning attitude. I would most certainly recommend Mr. Savage to anyone needing an attorney with his skills.
Posted by Meg | August 22, 2014
You will be glad you chose to work with Robert Savage
When you have reason to pursue justice - in business law - and you are willing to take the risk of investing funds, personal time and emotional yourself a favor and hire Bert Savage. Bert is a compassionate man. He understands and respects your fervor for righteousness, yet his no-nonsense demeanor, knowledge of the law, and mindful negotiation skills keep you focused on your objective. Bert listens, assesses, guides you through your part in the process; he is available to you; he offers options and he gets the job done. I have no doubt my investment in Bert was worth every penny and more. I recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2009
Dilligent, skilled, Professional
Mr. Savage has done numerous work for me over the course of my career. The most recent was in assisting in setting up my Registered Investment Advisory. With more than 20 years of securities business experience, I know that he knows where do go and what to do. For the record, I have used Mr. Savage's service for everything from helping to establish a non profit company to setting up 3 different business entities as well. He counseled me on pro's and con's of each structure and help me arrive at the best option for each unique circumstance.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2009
Outstanding Service
If you want the best you have found the best. Mr. Savage is knowledgeable and very understanding. I was so impressed with his ability to make me feel comfortable, and to be able to trust him was so easy.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Savage, Combs & Villoch, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Florida International College of Law
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Founder
  • The Savage Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2002 - 2013
  • Executive Vice President
  • G.A. Financial, Inc.
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Associate Examiner
  • National Association of Securities Dealers
  • 1988 - 1989
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1994
  • University of Florida
  • Master of Business Administration
  • 1994
  • University of Florida Graduate School of Business
  • MBA Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Corporate Structuring
  • Startup now has 3 locations with more being built. A successful company launch.
  • Dealing with regulators
  • Resolved the matter to broker's satisfaction
  • Credit Card Collection Defense
  • Dismissal and Attorney Fees Awards
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  • MBTS Board of Directors
  • Chairman of Facilities Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Distrction Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Lawyers Saving Homes
  • Attorney Volunteer helping save homeowners from foreclosure.
  • 2009 - Present
  • At St. Petersburg Housing Authority
  • Hearing Officer
  • 2009 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Tampa YMCA
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Tampa Museum of Art Avant Garde
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 20 Law Professors in Florida
  • Online Schools Florida
  • 2011
  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2010
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Appellate Advocacy Teaching Fellow
  • University of Florida
  • 1993
  • Outstanding Student Award
  • University of Florida
  • 1985
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  • Paraclete - The Magazine of the St. Petersburg Bar Assocation
  • Cost Bonds In Florida Civil Courts - Part 2
  • 2014
  • PIABA Annual Conference Securities Law Materials
  • Comparative Discussion of Pre-Hearing Legal Issues, Strategies and Preparation Before the Hearing: Exploring Critical Differences Among New York, Florida, California, and Texas Law
  • 2013
  • PIABA Annual Conference Securities Law Materials
  • Securities Law Update 2012
  • 2012
  • St. Pete Bar's Paraclete Magazine
  • Are your tax returns trying to tell you something? What your year end investment documents can tell you about your stockbroker or investment advisor?
  • 2012
  • St. Pete Bar Paraclete Magazine
  • Do Investors Have Rights When Their Investment Accounts Suffer Losses?
  • 2012
  • Island Reporter
  • Can I Sue My Broker?
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Solo Success; Practical Advice on Starting Your Law Practice
  • 2014
  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Clinical Legal Education
  • 2014
  • Masterson Inns Of Court
  • Daubert in Florida - Changes to the Florida Evidence Code
  • 2014
  • Stetson Law School
  • Role of Business and the Business/corporate Lawyer in Society, and Current Ethical Issues
  • 2013
  • PIABA National Conference
  • • Comparative Discussion of Pre-Hearing Legal Issues, Strategies and Preparation Before the Hearing: Exploring Critical Differences Among New York, Florida, California, and Texas Law
  • 2013
  • 2013 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education
  • Making Room for Business: Practice and Pedagogical Challenges (and Opportunities) of Consumer and Investor Advocacy Clinics
  • 2013
  • PIABA National Conference
  • Securities Law Update
  • 2012
  • Presentation
  • Investment Fraud and How to Avoid Being A Victim
  • 2011
  • Presentation
  • Investment Fraud and Avoid Being A Victim
  • 2011
  • Presentation
  • Investment Fraud and Avoid Being a Victim
  • 2011
  • Presentation
  • Investment Fraud and How to Avoid Being a Victim
  • 2011
  • Securities Fraud
  • How to not be a victim of elder fraud
  • 2009
  • Lion's Club
  • Stock Fraud - Can I sue my broker?
  • 2003
  • GAF National Sales Conference
  • Securities Compliance Issues
  • 2001
  • GAF National Sales Conference
  • Securities Compliance Issues
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (6)
Endorse Robert
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bert is an experienced and knowledgeable securities attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend his legal services. I endorse this lawyer."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Professor Savage invited me to join his Securities team while he was teaching at FIU College of Law. During this time, I worked very closely with Professor Savage and I learned more about the securities/investment field than I could have ever in a 12-week law school class. His overall knowledge, experience, and dedication to the field is evident and I would refer anybody in need of a securities attorney to Professor Savage. I endorse Professor Savage without hesitation."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Bert Savage for many years as both an opposing counsel on a case and as a fellow lawyer in the community. Bert is extremely competent, ethical and enjoys an outstanding reputation in the legal community. I whole-heartedly endorse Bert Savage."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert "Bert" Savage and I worked on a matter together. He has been a valuable resource and has always gone the "extra" distance to get the job done. Excellent lawyer!"
General practice Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Great responses on Avvo. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bert is an honest, dependable, and hard-working attorney. Before our partnership, I referred him matters without hesitation. I would trust him with my most important legal matters."
General practice Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. His business savvy is top-notch, really adding to his formidable legal skills."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bert Savage is, simply put, the best lawyer I know for securities cases. He teaches it at a law school and he practices what he preaches. Top notch."
Business Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart and experienced. Bert knows how to get the job done quickly and competently. In Florida, he is the attorney you want on your side."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Mr. Savage to handle Secruities/Investment Fraud cases. He is very knowledgeable about this area of the law and has obtained excellent results for his clients. I give him my highest recommendation."
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