Robert M. Eschenfelder

Robert Eschenfelder Attorney Clearwater


Call: (727) 733-0494

Practice areas

  • Local government law and related litigation
  • Labor & employment law
  • Appellate practice

Bar admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Florida

Background & Experience

Robert M. Eschenfelder is a Board Certified lawyer in city, county and local government law.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Eschenfelder served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. Petersburg, as Assistant and Chief Assistant County Attorney for Manatee County, and as a Special Magistrate for the City of Bradenton Beach.  He has also served in a variety of governmental offices including the St. Petersburg Planning Commission, the Pinellas Park Board of Adjustment, and the Florida Communications Service Tax Legislative Workgroup.

Rob has been extensively involved in the Tampa Bay community over the years, including being past president of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Affiliate, Inc., the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, Inc., and the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Assn, Inc.  He is a graduate of the Leadership St. Pete and Leadership Manatee programs, and has also been a board member of the Leadership St. Pete Planning Committee, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, and Pinellas Cares, Inc.  Rob has also served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 6th Judicial Circuit GAL Program, and has extensively lectured at Florida Bar and other programs on local government law and labor and employment law topics.

Published Works

  • Florida’s Single Subject Requirement:  The Crumbling Foundations of a Constitutional Protection,  5 Stetson Law Journal 45 (w/ Tom Marks) (Spring 1994)
  • Modern Sunshine:  Attending Public Meetings in the Digital AgeVol. 84, No. 4 Florida Bar Journal 28 (April 2010)
  • Florida Trial Objections, Chapter 13 of Evidence in Florida, 8th through 10th Editions.  Lexis Publishing 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Me, Myself, and I: Does Florida’s Sunshine Law Apply to Communications of a Lone Member of a Board or Commission?, Vol. 88, No. 9 Florida Bar Journal 48 (November 2014)
  • Padi-Waggin: The Tail of One Dog’s Journey from Death Row to Legislative Inspiration for Dog Bite Due Process, Vol. 91, No. 1 Florida Bar Journal 36 (January 2017)
  • When is a Public Official Entitled to Prevailing Party Attorneys’ Fee Reimbursement in Public Records Act Cases? (Parts I & II), Volume 91, Nos. 5 & 6 Florida Bar Journal 31 & 47 (May & June 2017)

Professional Memberships

  • Florida Bar
    • Local Government Law Section
    • Labor & Employment Law Section

Bar Service and Leadership

  • Florida Bar Special Committee on Parental Leave in Court Actions (Chair 2016-2017)
  • Fla. Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee Executive Committee (2012-18)
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners (Exam Proctor periodically from 2007 through 2012)
  • Florida Bar Student Education & Bar Admissions Committee (2003-06) (Chair 2006-2007)
  • Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Select Committee on E Service Rule (2009/10)
  • Florida Bar Code & Rules of Evidence Committee (2006 – 2012) (Chair 2011 – 2012)
  • Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section Executive Council (2011 – current) Section Bar Journal Articles Editor (2012 – current)
  • Manatee County Bar Association Board of Directors (2012-2017)(President 2015/2016)
  • Florida Bar Governmental & Public Policy Advocacy Committee (2016-2019)


  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D.
  • South Florida of University, B.S. finance/political science
  • St. Petersburg College, A.A. business administration

Tel: (727) 733-0494 1001 South Fort Harrison Avenue, Suite 201, Clearwater, Florida 33756