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Richard D. Rusak


Richard D. Rusak is a partner in the Miami office of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. Mr. Rusak is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization since 2010.  He is an accomplished trial lawyer with 17 years of litigation and appellate experience in federal and state courts and represents major insurance companies in maritime defense cases.  Mr. Rusak practices in the areas of admiralty and maritime, hospitality defense, trucking accident defense, first party insurance litigation, property damage claims, wrongful death and personal injury litigation,  and products liability. Mr. Rusak handles declaratory relief actions, contract drafting and all aspects of litigation management from case inception through negotiation, mediation, settlement, completion and appeal.

In 2016, Mr. Rusak obtained the highest maritime verdict in Florida. He has argued before trial and appellate courts and has received over 60 reported decisions.  Mr. Rusak has also won multiple summary judgments and obtained a Directed Judgment in a personal injury case.  Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with a regional law firm handling crewmember and passenger personal injury claims,  maritime lien enforcements and other commercial disputes. .  Form 2010 to 2015, Mr. Rusak was recognized as a “Rising Star” and from 2016 to 2019 as a “Super Lawyer” in the Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” publication.

Mr. Rusak’s handles document-intensive investigation and extensive discovery aspects to formulate litigation strategies, while consistently working with claims specialists to develop and implement successful litigation, settlement, and trial strategies.

Mr. Rusak received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey in 1999, graduating with majors in History and Political Science.

Mr. Rusak is licensed to practice law in Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits  and the United States Supreme Court.


  • “The Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability Act: Pitfalls of the Unwary,” Co-Author
  • “Plowing Your Way into Environmental Liabilities in South Florida,” Co-Author


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Monmouth University, B.A. cum laude
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern, Middle and Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern and Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh District
  • U.S. District Court, Fifth District
  • United States Supreme Court