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F. Robert Radel, II, born in 1957; admitted to the Florida Bar, 1991. Also admitted to the Kentucky Bar, 1982, and Ohio Bar, 1988. Education: Northern Kentucky University (B.A., cum laude, 1979), Salmon P. Chase College of Law (J.D., Order of the Curia, 1982). Bar Association; the Hillsborough County Bar Association; the United States District Courts for the Middle District of Florida; Southern District of Ohio and Eastern District of Kentucky; and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Radel's practice is devoted to third-party liability defense issues, and the defense of self-insureds. He is a former Partner of Butler Pappas, practicing in its Tampa office. Mr. Radel has tried cases in Florida, Ohio and Kentucky, and has had extensive mediation experience throughout the State of Florida. Additionally, he has extensive experience in several areas of large-loss liability defense including, but not limited to, premises liability; long-term health facilities; sexual misconduct; employment; products liability; brain injury; and psychological and neuropsychological claims. He has defended lawsuits filed against churches and other religious and charitable organization; hotels, bars and convenience stores; restaurants and small businesses; long-term care facilities; and manufacturers. Mr. Radel is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), where he has served as chairperson for the Healthcare Practice Section and vice-chairperson of the Pharmaceutical Litigation Section; the Defense Research Institute (DRI), serving as co-chairperson of the Trial Techniques Sub-Committee for the Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Section; and the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Radel is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has chaired and/or spoken at over twenty conferences for the FDCC, DRI and ABA, and given in-house presentations to numerous insurance companies, self-insureds, and church and charitable entities.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    33 years, 100 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    33 years, 250 cases
  3. Nursing Home Abuse: 15%
    23 years, 250 cases
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    28 years, 30 cases

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Contact info

Groelle and Salmon

7650 W. Courtney Campbell.
Suite 800
Tampa, FL, 33607


FLMember in Good Standing199106/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tampa Bay's Top LawyersTampa Bay Magazine2010
Martindale Hubbell - "AV" RatingMartindale Hubbell1999
Order of the CuriaChase College of Law1982
Class Rank- ThirdChase College of Law1982
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsN/A1982
Who's Who in American LawN/A1982
American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal LawChase College of Law1981
Gilday Award Outstanding Student in Criminal Law/ProcedureChase College of Law1981
Who's Who In the WorldN/A1978
Who's Who Among American Students in UniversitiesN/A1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGroelle & Salmon, Pa2013 - Present
PartnerButler Pappas1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Admissions CommitteeVice Chair2005 - 2008
International Association of Defense CounselMember1998 - 2007
Federation of Defense & Corporate CounselFormer Chairperson Healthcare Practice Section1997 - 2008
Federation of Defense & Corporate CounselFormer Vice-Chair Drug, Device Section1997 - 2008
Defense Research InstituteMember1991 - 2008
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1991 - 2008
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1988 - 2008
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1981 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
FDCC QuarterlyImportant Recent Developments In The Area Of Clergy Sexual Misconduct2006
Defense Research InstituteProfile of a Sexual Predator2003
Mealey's Litigation ReportsNursing Home Litigation: An Overview of A Rapidly Evolving Area of Practice2001
Defense Research InstituteRecent Developments - Trends, Legislation, Verdicts and Case Law in Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Litigation2000
Defense Research InstituteThe Law of Premises Liability for Violent Crimes1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Kentucky UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel April 30, 2004 - Annual MeetingSexual Predators2004
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, 2004Protecting Your Client From Hiring A Sexual Predator2004
National Association of Church Business AdministratorsProfiles of a Sexual Predator2003
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingNursing Home Claims2003
Defense Research Institute Seminar on Sexual TortsSexual Torts2003
Defense Research Institute SeminarSexual Torts2002
Defense Research Institute SeminarProducts Liability2001
Defense Research Institute SeminarDefending Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Claim2000
Defense Research Institute SeminarProducts Liability2000
Defense Research Institute SeminarProducts Liability1998
Defense Research Institute SeminarProducts Liability1997
Defense Research Institute Seminar Premises Liability for Violent Crimes1997
Defense Research Institute SeminarProducts Liability1996
Defense Research Institute SeminarProducts Liability1995
Defense Research Institute SeminarPremises Liability for Violent Crimes1995
Defense Research Institute SeminarPremises Liability for Violent Crimes1994
Defense Research Institute SeminarPremises Liability for Violent Crimes1993
American Bar Association National Institute, New YorkVicarious Liability of Affiliated Charitable, Religious and Non-Profit Entities1992