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Eric S. Ruff

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Bankruptcy Attorney Eric S. Ruff,  seated at his desk in his Gainesville office.
Eric S. Ruff attended law school at the University of Florida where he was also a member of the Law Review. He graduated with honors in 1979 and soon afterwards was an attorney with the firm of Trinkle & Redman in Plant City, where he handled a wide variety of cases, including appeals. In 1985 he returned to Gainesville to establish his own law firm, concentrating in bankruptcy law, which for many years has been known as Ruff & Cohen, P.A.

Mr. Ruff, now a well known bankruptcy attorney, has prevailed in appellate cases in the Florida state court system at the District Court of Appeals level and at the Florida Supreme Court level. He has also prevailed in appellate cases in the Federal court system at the U.S. District Court level and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In March, 2015, the famous lawyer rating company of Martindale-Hubbell gave Mr. Ruff an attorney Peer Review rating of "AV Preeminent", with a numerical score of 5.0 out of 5.0, their highest possible rating which, according to Lexis-Nexis is given to fewer than 5% of attorneys. On April 8, 2013, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Ruff the "Client Distinction Award." According to American Registry, less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed in and have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction. It is based on actual client reviews and the award is given to those with reviews of 4.5-5.0 out of a possible 5.0. Mr. Ruff's actual rating with as of the date of the award is a perfect 5.0.

On July 2, 2013, Ruff & Cohen, P.A. was recognized as a "Top 100 Bankruptcy Law Firm" award from, in their words "to honor your contribution to society and your exceptional expertise in Bankruptcy Law."

The lawyer rating company of has given Mr. Ruff its highest rating, 10.0 of out 10.0, which is at the rank of "Superb" attorney and recognized him with a Clients' Choice Award for 2013 in the area of Bankruptcy. Mr. Ruff has filed over 2,900 bankruptcy cases. He has been quoted by the New York TImes about bankruptcy in article entitled "Ex-Lehman chief sold Florida mansion to his wife for $10."

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AV Preeminent Award for Eric S. Ruff

Superb Rated Bankruptcy Attorney Award

Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Bankruptcy Gainesville Attorney Award

35 Year Service Award for Eric S. Ruff

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Client Distinction award to Eric S. Ruff from Martindale-Hubbell for year 2015.

25 Years Serving Bankruptcy Attorney in Gainesville Florida

August 15, 2013, awards Ruff & Cohen award for 2013 Client Choice for Bankruptcy Law

Top 100 Bankruptcy Law Firm Award to Eric S. RUff

Client Distinction Award

2013 Superb Rated Bankruptcy Attorney Award awards Attorney Eric S. Ruff a top rating of 10.0, Superb, Top Attorney

2012, lawyer Eric S. Ruff was awarded a plaque by in recognition his top score of 10.

In 2011, Martindale-Hubbell, gave lawyer Eric S. Ruff its rating as Distinguished in legal ability and ethics.

Eric Ruff's Appellate Cases

Listed below are the reported decisions in Florida state courts in which Eric Ruff was the appellate attorney. Of course many appeals, perhaps most, result in PCA's (per curiam affirmed) which produce no reporter citations. By happy circumstance, however, the side Mr. Ruff represented prevailed in each of the reported cases, the majority of which were reversals:

Williams v. Feather Sound, Inc., 386 So.2d 1238 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980) (negligent hiring; reversal),

Kent v. Connecticut Bank and Trust Co. NA, 386 So.2d 902 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980) (slander and punitive damages; reversal),

Hall Truck Sales, Inc. v. Wilder Mobile Homes, Inc., 402 So.2d 1299 (Fla. 2d DCA 1981), pet. for rev. den., 412 So.2d 471 (1982) (UCC - implied warranties; reversal),

Miley v. Miley, 402 So.2d 557 (Fla. 2d DCA 1981) (real property - reformation of agreement for deed; reversal),

Revels Ford Tractor Co., Inc. v. Meares, 419 So.2d 1190 (Fla. 2d DCA 1982) (civil procedure - compulsory counterclaims; reversal),

Icard v. Henderson, 455 So.2d 417 (Fla. 2d DCA 1984) (construction contracts - obligation to pay for extras and prejudgment interest; reversal in part and affirmance in part, both in client's favor), and

Meares v. Revels Ford Tractor Co., Inc., 456 So.2d 1339 (Fla. 2d DCA 1984) (sales - reformation of contracts; affirmance in client's favor as against individual defendants, reversal as to corporate defendant).

In addition, Mr. Ruff has prevailed on appeal in unreported cases at the federal district court level and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Law Memberships and Associations

Lawyers Eric S. Ruff and Lisa C. Cohen are members of the National Assn. of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

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