Aylstock, Witkin. Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC
17 E. Main Street
Suite 200 Pensacola, FL 32502
R. Jason Richards, a partner with the firm, focuses his practice on insurance, pharmaceutical liability, products liability and class action litigation. He holds two baccalaureate degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a master's degree from the University of Colorado, a law degree from the John Marshall Law School (Chicago), and a master of laws degree in health law from DePaul University College of Law.
In law school, Mr. Richards was an editor of the John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, a three-time Allen H. Schwartz Scholarship recipient, a recipient of the Kamensky & Rubenstein Scholarship, a recipient of the Ambassador of the Year Award, a faculty research assistant, and a contributor to the law school's newspaper.
Mr. Richards has authored over a dozen law review/journal articles during his legal career. His articles have also appeared in legal newspapers such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the National Law Journal. His work has been cited as authority in numerous state supreme and appellate court decisions as well as in several federal court opinions, including the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Richards currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in Baker v. Baptist Hospital, Inc., a Florida certified class action involving the unlawful filing of hospital liens. In 2012, he was selected to serve a three-year term on the Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board. Previously, he was named to the Florida Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers Magazine.
During his career, Mr. Richards has presented at CLE programs for other practicing attorneys, served as a guest speaker at law schools and colleges on various legal topics, and his work has been cited and he has been interviewed in major news media, including Fox News and Bloomberg. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Richards served as a deputy district attorney in Colorado, where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes and tried over a dozen cases to verdict.
Mr. Richards is licensed to practice before all Florida and Colorado state courts, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He is a member of the Escambia/Santa Rosa County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, and the American Association for Justice.
Representative Publications: •“Capping Non-Economic Medical Malpractice Damages: How the Florida Supreme Court Should Decide the Issue, 42 Stetson L. Rev. 113 (2012). •“The Politics of Extradition in Post-War Holland,” 15 Touro Int'l L. Rev. 122 (2012). •“Cheap Meat: How Factory Farming is Harming our Health, the Environment, and the Economy,” 4 Ky. J. Equine, Agric. & Nat. Resources L. 31 (2012) (co-author). • ”Common Practice Makes Bad Law,” Chi. Daily L. Bull., April 26, 2011. •“Answering Discovery ‘Subject To' Objections: Lessons From Florida's District Courts,” 35 S. Ill. U. L.J. 127 (2010). • ”The National Flood Insurance Program: A ‘Flood' of Controversy,” 82 Florida B.J. 9 (2008). • ”Courting Wikipedia,” 44 Trial 62 (2008). • ”How We Got Where We Are: A Look at Informed Consent in Colorado-Past, Present and Future,” 26 N Ill. U. L. Rev. 69 (2005). •“Florida's ‘Valued Policy Law:' Clarifying Some Recent Misconceptions,” 79 Fla. B.J. 18 (2005). •“Reasonable Doubt: An Overview and Examination of Jury Instructions in Colorado,” 33 Colo. Law. 85 (2004). •“Using Anonymous Tips to Establish Reasonable Suspicion for a Stop,” 32 Colo. Law. 61 (2003). •“Colorado's Government Electronic Transactions Act and the Future of E-Commerce,” 29 Colo. Law. 4 (2000). •“Disabilities in Notary Law and Practice,” 32 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1033 (1999). • ”The Utah Digital Signature Act as ‘Model' Legislation: A Critical Analysis,” 17 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 873 (1999). •“Stop! ... Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go, and Do Not Ask for a Notary,” 31 J. Marshall L. Rev. 879 (1998). • ”Richards v. Jefferson County: The Supreme Court Stems the Crimson Tide of Res Judicata,” 38 Santa Clara L. Rev. 691 (1998). •“Cyberbusiness Needs Supernotaries,” Nat'l L. J., August 25, 1997, at A19 (co-author). •“Notaries Public-Lost in Cyberspace, Or Key Business Professionals of the Future?” 15 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 703 (1997) (co-author).