[ George A. Vaka is a certified circuit and appellate mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida ]
[ Founder, George A. Vaka, has established his mediation practice @ georgevaka.us ]
[ Named by peers to Florida Trend's Legal Elite ]
[ Honors keep adding up....less than 5% of lawyers are AV rated in America ]
[ Recognized by The National Law Journal® in its selection of Tampa's Top Attorneys ]
[ Think Experience. Think Excellence. Think Extraordinary. ]
[ Board Certified as a Specialist in Appellate Practice ]
[ AV Preeminent Peer Rated 5.0 out of 5 ]
[ "Florida Super Lawyer in both appellate law and insurance law" ]
[ "Honored as Best Lawyers in America in both appellate law and insurance law" ]
[ Recognized in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell ]
George A. Vaka
Nancy A. Lauten
Richard N. Asfar

Passion In The Pursuit Of Justice

Richard N. “Ric” Asfar is a civil appellate and litigation attorney. He has represented individuals, government entities, and businesses of all sizes in a wide range of matters in both Florida and California. Mr. Asfar joined the Vaka Law Group to focus his practice on representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance coverage matters.

Mr. Asfar is a proud graduate of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Asfar served as a full-time student extern to the Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, assistant comment editor for the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, and president of the Student Bar Association. Upon graduation from Pacific McGeorge, Mr. Asfar was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, and received the Outstanding Student Achievement Award for his graduating class.

Since graduation, Mr. Asfar has been awarded an “AV Preeminent” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been included in every Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list since 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5% of Florida lawyers are selected for inclusion on this list.

EXPERIENCE

  • Vaka Law Group, 2015 - Present
  • Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A., 2009 - 2015
  • Herum Crabtree, 2006 - 2009

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • The California Bar (Inactive Status)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • City of Tampa Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (2014-2016)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Tampa Connection (Class of 2013)
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumni Board (2006-2014)
  • American Inns of Court (past member of the Tampa Bay Inn, the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn, and the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc. (former Big Brother)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating
  • Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars”, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Pacific McGeorge “Outstanding Student Achievement Award” Recipient for the Class of 2006

PUBLICATIONS

  • What I Learned About Diversity From (Gasp!) Reality TV, Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 4 Feb. 2013

EDUCATION

  • The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2006
  • Baruch College, City University of New York, B.A., cum laude, 2002

LANGUAGES

  • Turkish