Jennifer V. Ruiz is a Partner in the firm’s Miami office and practices in the areas of general Civil Litigation, Employment and Labor, Condominium and Homeowners’ Association, Civil Rights, Directors and Officers Liability, and Professional Malpractice for the firm. She practices in state and federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels.
Mrs. Ruiz dedicates a significant amount of time to community involvement and pro bono service, and serves on numerous judicially-appointed committees. Mrs. Ruiz currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Judicial Nominating Procedures, as well as Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, where she was appointed for her adherence to the professional standards of conduct in the Miami-Dade County legal community. Mrs. Ruiz was also appointed to serve on the Hispanic Heritage Commemoration Committee for the Southern District of Florida from 2016 to the present, and from 2011–2014, she was appointed to multiple Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection and Reappointment Panels for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
From 2017-2019, Mrs. Ruiz was selected as a Rising Star in the nationwide publication Super Lawyers Magazine, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state that takes into account peer recognition and professional achievement in legal practice. Mrs. Ruiz is also listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as top-rated in civil litigation, employment and labor, discrimination, and wrongful termination attorney.
Mrs. Ruiz has served on the Board of Directors for the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers from 2016 to the Present, where she has also served as co-chair of the state and federal court judicial liaison committee and many other planning committees. In 2017, Mrs. Ruiz was recognized as a Leader in the Law by FAWL for making a significant impact in the community through legal service and volunteer activities, providing a positive role model for members. She was also selected as a fellow of the inaugural Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy in 2014–2015 for her leadership skills and community involvement, and has served as a committee member for the Dade Legal Aid Legal Leaders and Advisory Committee since 2016. Mrs. Ruiz has also served on planning committees and as a panelist covering topics regarding diversity, inclusion, cultural sensitivity, and mentorship in the legal profession.
Mrs. Ruiz was recognized by Dade Legal Aid as a pro bono ambassador in 2016. In 2015, Mrs. Ruiz was named one of the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, as well as awarded the Young Professional Award in South Florida for Volunteer Service by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mrs. Ruiz was also recognized in The Latino American Who’s Who for advancing the culture of the Latino American business community in 2015–2016.
Mrs. Ruiz earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Florida State University, cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University. While attending law school, Mrs. Ruiz served as an Articles Editor for the Nova Law Review and was the recipient of a scholarship granted by the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association for her academic achievements.
Mrs. Ruiz is fluent in Spanish; conversant in Italian