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