Kenneth B. Rugh
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Ken Rugh brings more than 25 years of litigation experience to the firm and oversees the firm’s insurance coverage, bad faith and liability defense work. He is “AV 5.0/5.0” preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell and his practice is primarily concentrated in the areas of insurance defense (including auto, premises liability, products liability and dram shop cases), insurance coverage and “bad faith” litigation.
Mr. Rugh is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. 1991) and Stetson University College of Law (J.D. cum laude 1995). While in law school, he served as an editor of the Stetson Law Review and he was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995. Mr. Rugh is also a member of the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
During Mr. Rugh’s entire 25 years, his practice has focused almost exclusively on representing insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of matters. His experience representing insurance companies’ “insureds” has primarily involved cases of general negligence, auto liability, premises liability, dram shop / alcohol liability and products liability. Mr. Rugh’s experience also includes representing insurers in insurance coverage and “bad faith” matters where the insurance company itself has been, or may be, named as a party to the litigation.
During his career, Mr. Rugh has helped his clients successfully resolve thousands of cases through various means, including dismissal for fraud, summary judgment and pre-trial settlement / mediation. In those cases where pre-trial resolution was not warranted, or could not reasonably be settled, Mr. Rugh has enjoyed a very successful track record trying numerous jury trials in various counties throughout Florida.
Ken is a Gator football fanatic who also enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team and playing golf.
- University of Florida (B.S., 1991)
- Stetson University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES
- Member of the Florida Bar
- Member of the Orange County Bar Association
- Member of the Florida Defense Research Institute
- Member of Claims Litigation Management Alliance
- Volusia County, Florida: In this motorcycle / automobile negligence case, liability was contested as was the extent of the injuries / damages being claimed by the Plaintiff (future leg amputation as a result of the accident). The Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for an award in excess of $7 million in damages; however, the jury returned a “defense verdict” finding no liability on the part of our client.
- Orange County, Florida: This premises liability case stemmed from an indoor soccer match whereby the Plaintiff alleged that during the game he was injured as a result of being intentionally pushed into a wall by an opposing player (our client). After a week-long trial, the jury returned a “defense verdict,” finding no liability on the part of our client.
- Brevard County, Florida: This lawsuit stemmed from an automobile accident where our client admitted liability prior to trial. The trial proceeded on the issue of damages only. The Plaintiff’s attorney argued that his client had sustained a permanent, traumatic brain injury and asked the jury for damages in excess of $4 million. We argued that the Plaintiff did not sustain a brain injury in the accident and asked the jury award only nominal past medical expenses. The jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor which, after a post-trial PIP set-off, resulted in a net judgment of $0.