Commercial Litigation & Personal Injury Attorney Serving the Entire State of Florida



We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Robert “Bob” D. Critton, Jr., who passed away peacefully on December 8, 2020. Bob was an incredibly devoted attorney, veteran, colleague, partner, father, grandfather, husband, and friend. Bob will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Bob joined the Firm in 1986 as a partner. Bob was a Board Certified civil trial attorney who specialized in general civil and complex commercial litigation. He was known by his colleagues as one of the most detailed and well-prepared lawyers in Palm Beach County. He was a lawyer’s lawyer. Bob was often called on by other lawyers for advice and counseling.

Bob was a dedicated advocate for his clients. He practiced law with integrity and civility. Bob enjoyed complex and challenging cases. His accolades over his forty-year legal career are too numerous to list.

Bob will be remembered for his devotion to people. Because of Bob, many of the Firm’s employees have been with the Firm for decades. Countless lawyers and employees of the Firm have been impacted by Bob’s mentorship.

In 2016, Bob was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, a disease with a median survival rate of two to six months.

Because of Bob’s regimented treatment and dedication to fighting the disease, we were blessed with four amazing years after his diagnosis. Bob was not deterred by his diagnosis, he lived his life to the fullest, enjoyed every moment, and continued his devotion to his family, his practice, and his friends. Bob’s jovial and uplifting approach to life after his diagnosis left those around him inspired by his courageous battle.

Outside of the courtroom, Bob was a dedicated family man. He lived with the love of his life, Amy. Bob and Amy loved visiting their daughter, Samantha, and son-in-law, James Whitley. Bob was very close with Samantha and involved in all of her hobbies and activities, from traveling to Civil War battlefields, surfing in Costa Rica, ski vacations, and CrossFit.

Bob was an excellent golfer and belonged to McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida where he had many close friends. Bob was determined not to let his cancer diagnosis slow him down. He continued to regularly walk 18 holes at McArthur despite battling the disease. He took yearly ski trips. He even continued CrossFit.

Bob spent his last three years developing a bond with his new best friend, his grandson, JR Whitley. He is survived by his wife, Amy Critton, his daughter, Samantha Whitley, his son-in-law, James Whitley, his grandson, JR Whitley, his sister, Joan Runnion, and many loved nieces and nephews. Bob’s second grandson, Robert Critton Whitley, will be born in 2021.


Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury – Plaintiff
  • Legal Malpractice – Civil Plaintiff and Defense
  • Sexual Battery & Assault – Civil Plaintiff & Defense


  • The Florida Bar, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1984


  • University of Florida, 1976, J.D.
  • Vanderbilt University, 1971, B.A.

Certifications / Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1993

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Profiled in Best Lawyers in America
  • 2004 Drug Abuse Treatment Association, Inc. (DATA) Changing Lives Award
  • Super Lawyer Magazine – 2011 “Super Lawyer” (2006-2012)
  • Best Lawyers – 2012, 2013

Professional Associations and Leadership Activities

  • The Florida Bar – Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Association for Justice – Member
  • The District of Columbia Bar – Member
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association – Member
  • The Florida Justice Association – Member
  • Caron Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers – Board of Trustees
  • Hanley Center – Director
  • Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health – Director Emeritus & Past
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Drug Treatment Association, Inc. – Past President of the Board of Directors