Mr. Callison has nearly 30 years of litigation and trial experience in federal and state courts, and enjoys seeking innovative solutions to client needs in new ways that are informed both by his past experience and continued professional development.
Orion (“Rusty”) Callison, III is a firm partner who earned his J.D. degree at Columbia University School of Law in 1988, where he was a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He earned his B.A., with highest honors, from the University of Tennessee in 1985. Mr. Callison is a life member of Phi Beta Kappa, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded by that organization. Mr. Callison was formerly a partner in an “Am Law 200” national law firm before working with Alexis Gonzalez.
Mr. Callison has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in a variety of complex commercial disputes in over twelve states, including numerous cases for and against Fortune 500 companies. Many of these cases have been large statewide and national class actions. Mr. Callison has participated in numerous federal multi-district litigation cases.
Mr. Callison also practices in the area of employment litigation, representing both companies and employees in state, federal and local cases involving separation of employment issues, Title VII and other discrimination or retaliation actions, sexual harassment, unpaid wage and overtime disputes, and all other litigation related to employer/employee relations. Mr. Callison was selected in 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer magazine as a South Florida Top Rated Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
Mr. Callison likewise practices education law, having handled a variety of disputes concerning student admissions, grades, academic discipline and standing, honor code issues, the conferral or withholding of degrees, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and matters related to student records and privacy.
Mr. Callison’s published writings and seminars include serving as: an Advanced Legal Writing Instructor at St. Thomas University School of Law in the Spring of 2002; a Speaker at the 63rd Annual Convention of the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association (“IMLA”); a Speaker at a seminar on Effectively Taking and Defending Depositions; a presiding judge at the University of Miami School of Law Mock Trial Competition; a judge at the American Trial Lawyers’ Association Mock Trial Competition; and as a judge at the University of Miami School of Law Client Counseling Competition.
Mr. Callison is admitted to practice in Florida, Alabama, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (including its trial bar), the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.