Rick Hutchison is a partner in Holland & Knight's West Palm Beach office and serves on the firm's Director's Committee. He also works out of the Fort Lauderdale office. Mr. Hutchison’s practice focuses on contract and business torts litigation. He is experienced in commercial litigation, professional negligence, hotel owner-operator disputes, class actions and fiduciary litigation.

Mr. Hutchison has extensive jury trial experience in state and federal courts, including complex commercial matters. He has experience in arbitrating complex business disputes, including hotel management agreements and corporate ownership disputes. He has litigated cases in the financial services, hospitality, technology and real estate industries. Mr. Hutchison has been teaching trial and deposition skills as a visiting instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 1997. Mr. Hutchison served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Hutchison started his legal career as an assistant state attorney in the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, Miami, Florida, under the Honorable Janet Reno.


  • Temple University, Beasley School of Law, J.D.
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Accounting
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 2006-2010; Chairman 2008 - July 2009
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), DRI Commercial Litigation Class Action SLG Committee
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar - Trial Lawyers Section
  • Boca Raton Community Hospital's Institutional Review Board
  • Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Florida
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2006-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, West Palm Beach Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2019