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General Info

Email: mruff@wickersmith.com
Direct: (561) 478-6939
Fax: (561)689-9206
Offices: West Palm Beach

Biography

Mark H. Ruff Jr. joined Wicker Smith in 2002 and is a partner in the West Palm Beach office. Mr. Ruff has extensive experience representing retailers in matters arising on their property, as well as in matters involving the products they sell. This includes representative clients such as Office Depot, Walgreens, Publix Super Markets, Inc., and an international quick-service restaurant chain. In regard to premises, Mr. Ruff has successfully defended and has lectured on security cases involving robberies, car-jackings, and shootings. In his product liability experience, he has represented manufacturers, distributors and retailers involving a multitude of products such as children’s playground equipment, fire suppression equipment, chemicals, tires, and brakes. Mr. Ruff is also involved in the representation of commercial motor vehicle carriers, including Landstar Systems, Inc. and Sysco Southeast Florida.
Additionally, Mr. Ruff’s experience includes construction litigation relating to both defect and bodily injury claims. Notably, Mr. Ruff has defended multi-million dollar residential and commercial claims involving windows, doors, stucco, and roofing systems.
Mr. Ruff graduated cum laude from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. He is a member The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association and the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. He is admitted to practice in the state of Florida.

Education

  • University of Florida (J.D., 2002)
  • Flagler College (B.A., cum laude, 1999)

Admitted

  • 2002, Florida
  • 2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • 2006, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Honors

  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite: Up-and-Comer (2016)

Speeches & Publications

  • Current Trends in Construction Defect Litigation, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (May 20, 2016)
  • The Risks of Distracted Driving, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (May 20, 2016)
  • Rapid Response – 12.5 Minute Drills, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 13, 2014)
  • First Party Property – 10 Minute Drill, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 8, 2012)
  • To Board or Not to Board: Economic Damages, Set-Offs and Collateral Sources, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 10, 2011)