Bill earned his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1986 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1983. He is a member of the Florida Bar, American Board of Trial Advocates, Florida Justice Association, Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Orange County Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.
He is a board-certified civil trial lawyer since 1994 and is admitted into all courts in the State of Florida, the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida the Eleventh Circuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Bill has received numerous distinctions, including AV Preeminent Rating through Martindale-Hubbell, Florida Super Lawyer (2006–2020), Florida Trend Legal Elite, The Best Lawyers in America, and the “Best of the Bar” recognition by Orlando Business Journal. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Faith and service are important to Bill, which can be seen in his leadership roles in the Central Florida Fair, Central Florida Gator Club, Boy Scouts of America (Central Florida Council), and Trinity Lutheran Church. In 2011, William received the Lutheran Lamb Award, a national award recognizing Mr. Ruffier’s 25 years of distinguished volunteer service as a Christian role model and leader for young people.
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
AV® Preeminent Rating™, Martindale-Hubbell®
Florida Super Lawyers: 2006-2021
Florida Trend Legal Elite: 2005, 2006, 2011
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
“Best of the Bar” recognition by Orlando Business Journal (2005-2006)
The Florida Bar
- Client Security Fund Committee (1993-1996)
- Medical Malpractice Subcommittee for the Board of Legal Specialization & Education (2014)
Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council
- President (1998-1999)
Florida Justice Association
Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
Orange County Bar Association
American Association for Justice
CIVIC AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS (Past and Present)
Central Florida Fair
- Board of Directors
- Vice President
- Executive Committee
- Committee Chair
Central Florida Gator Club
Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America
- Executive Committee General Counsel
- National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Recipient
- Executive Board
- General Counsel
- Vice-President of Administration
- Vice-President, Council Camping Programs
- Eagle Scout
Trinity Lutheran Church
- Member at Large
- Sunday School Teacher (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)
- Assistant Executive Director
- Lamb Award Recipient
- Prison Ministry
University of Florida, B.S. in Finance
University of Florida College of Law, J.D.
Courts Admitted to:
- All Courts in the State of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit United States
- Supreme Court
Lecturer, National Business Institute:
“Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers” (2007)
“Handling Medical Negligence Cases in Florida” (2004)
“The Medical Expert Witness Loophole: Should We Call It The Retired Physicians Employment Act?”
Trial Advocate Quarterly, January 1991
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