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Robert C. Graham, Jr.

Robert C. Graham, Jr.

Direct Dial: (813) 397-2849
Fax: (813) 229-3502
Office Location: Tampa

Professional Involvement
Publications & Speaking

Rob Graham joined Paskert Divers Thompson in 2016 and practices in the area of complex commercial litigation, with concentrations in business disputes, construction, and suretyship law. Rob has represented business and property owners, developers, contractors, architects, surveyors, and sureties in a wide range of disputes involving contract claims and business torts, surety and construction defect matters, professional negligence claims, and director and officer liability claims. Rob has been recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for Construction Law and Commercial Litigation, and by Florida SuperLawyers® as a Rising Star in Civil Litigation - Defense.  

Prior to joining the firm, Rob worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida. There, Rob served in the felony division and prosecuted hundreds of cases, gaining significant litigation experience.

In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellen, son, Tripp, and daughter, Molly, and watching South Carolina football.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Suretyship

Admitted to Practice

  • All Florida State and Federal Courts


  • The University of Florida, Levin College of Law; J.D., 2013
    • Book Awards: Trial Practice, Law of Force in International Law
    • Florida Moot Court Team, Member
  • The University of South Carolina, B.A., International Studies 2009, magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional, Trade, and Philanthropic Affiliations

  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees 
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    • Litigation Section

  • The Florida Bar
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Young Lawyers Section

  • The Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section
    • Trial and Litigation Section

Selected Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America

    • Construction Law, 2021-2024
    • Commercial Litigation, 2023-2024
  • Florida SuperLawyers®, Rising Star, Civil Litigation - Defense, 2023

Selected Publications

  • Co-Author, "Pitfalls in Dealing with the Performance Bond Surety Upon Default of the Contractor," The Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Construction Law Institute Conference, March, 2023 (Orlando, FL).
  • Co-Author of Florida Chapter for Electronic Payment Bond Deskbook, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2023).
  • Co-Author, Chapter 3 “Overview of Bankruptcy Code,” in Surety Law Aspects of Bankruptcy Practice, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2021).
  • Co-Author, “Read the Bond: Section 6 as a Condition Precedent,” ABA TIPS FSLC Committee Newsletter (Fall 2021).
  • Co-Author, "Notice and Claim Requirements under the American Institute of Architects' A-201 General Conditions,” Gulfcoast Fidelity and Surety Institute, June, 2016 (Boca Grande, FL).
  • Co-Author, "Fidelity Law and the 2015 Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure," Fidelity Law Journal, 22 Fidelity L. J. 223 (2016).

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Speaker, "Prejudgment Writ of Garnishment as Threat to Surety's Collateral," 2023 National Bond Claims Association Conference (Austin, TX).
  • Co-Speaker, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: Tier and Notice Requirements,” 2023 ABA TIPS FSLC Spring Conference, American Bar Association (Incline Village, NV).