Jacob A Rush
A Gainesville native, Jacob earned a degree in Classical Studies from UF. He then went on to serve as a Sheriff’s Deputy at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy, Jacob learned the particulars of law enforcement and the criminal justice system from the ground up. He patrolled all of Alachua County, worked as a D.U.I. investigator, did proactive drug enforcement and responded to crashes involving cars and trucks. When Jacob’s zone partner, a National Guardsman, was called up to Afghanistan in 2005, Jacob went to law school. After law school he returned to A.S.O. as a Reserve Deputy to continue his service without pay.
As a practicing attorney, Jacob takes the skills and knowledge of law enforcement up the legal chain to the courthouse, focusing mainly on civil litigation, constitutional law and automobile accidents. His years of writing traffic tickets, responding to emergencies and investigating crashes as a Sheriff’s Deputy are valuable assets to his clients.
Protecting rights was a passion Jacob developed from his time as a law enforcement officer. He uses that police instinct to protect people from unlawful government action and bring government wrongdoers to justice. Nothing poisons the hard work of the vast majority of our Nation’s Finest like the few who abuse their charge; Jacob enjoys challenging them head-on.
The legal team at Robert A. Rush, P.A. often leverages Jacob’s experience in criminal cases, where his knowledge is used in determining whether police error created the wrong result and violated the constitutional rights of citizens.
Jacob serves the Florida Bar as the Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors representative for the Eighth Judicial Circuit; he also served on the Board of Directors of the local Bar. He continues to hone his law enforcement interests as a member of the City of Gainesville’s Black on Black Crime Task Force and by teaching law enforcement legal updates.
In 2014, Jake Rush was the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, running on a platform of Constitutional rights and smaller government.
Jacob Rush with Chief Justice John Roberts. Jacob was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2015.
- State and Federal civil and criminal Lawyer
- Civil Trial Work including automobile and truck accidents
- Civil Rights Lawyer (including government liability, false arrest and excessive force)
- Criminal Defense Lawyer (State and Federal)
- Civil Forfeiture
- Stetson Law School, Juris Doctorate – 2007
- V.P. of the Law & Order criminal law society
- Recipient of the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
- Institute of Public Safety, SFCC, 2003, BRC #78, Law Enforcement Certificate
- University of Florida, B.A. in Classical Studies – 2002
Professional Associations and Awards
- Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, Chair – Present
- President, Greater Gainesville Rotary 2017-2018
- Trial Skills CLE Instructor – 2018
- Governor, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Board of Governors – 2010-2016
- Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association YLD Vice President – 2010-2016
- Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Board of Directors – 2010-2011
- James C. Adkins American Inns of Court
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Florida Justice Association
- Host of Practicing With Professionalism CLE in Gainesville – April 2011
- North Central Florida Diversity Forum Panelist at UF Law School – April 2011
- Member of Gainesville’s Black on Black Crime Task Force – 2010-2018
- Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee – 2013-2014