Eric S. Ruff
Gainesville Bankruptcy Attorney (scroll down to review awards)
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 went to work 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 firm, concentrating in bankruptcy law, which for many years has been known as Ruff & Cohen, P.A..
Mr. Ruff, now a popular 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.
The famous lawyer rating company of Martindale-Hubbell has give Mr. Ruff an attorney rating of BV "Distinguished." 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 martindale.com and lawyers.com 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 martindale.com as of the date of the award is a perfect 5.0.
The lawyer rating company of Avvo.com 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 2012 in the area of Bankruptcy. Mr. Ruff has filed over 2,900 bankruptcy cases. He has been quoted by the New York TImes, in article entitled "Ex-Lehman chief sold Florida mansion to his wife for $10."
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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),
rev. den., 412 So.2d 471 (1982) (UCC - implied warranties; reversal),
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),
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
United States District Court for Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for Southern District of Florida
Bankruptcy Bar Associations:
Bankruptcy Bar Association for Northern District of Florida
Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association
County and Circuit Bar Associations:
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
Clay County Bar Association
National Bankruptcy Attorney Associations:
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys