Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney, John H. Ruiz, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MSP Recovery Law Firm. He is recognized as one of America’s pre-eminent trial lawyers, named 2019’s DBR Florida Trailblazer for his groundbreaking work in integrating data analytics into the practice of law and for the positive impact it is having on healthcare recoveries across the U.S. He has extensive experience in class action, mass tort litigation, MDL consolidated cases, medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury, real estate, and aviation disasters. His successful career is distinguished by an unprecedented number of favorable results against companies like American Home Products (Fen Phen), Bayer Corporation (Baycol), Merck Pharmaceuticals (Vioxx), Shell, Toyota, Conagra Foods- Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and Chalk’s International Airlines.
Starting as early as 1996, Mr. Ruiz ﬁled class-action lawsuits on behalf of more than 30,000 Miami-Dade County residents against the Florida Department of Agriculture for trespassing onto the private properties of homeowners and chopping down their citrus trees without any compensation. The case was ultimately certiﬁed and the Department of Agriculture directly compensated all members of the aggrieved class.
Thereafter, Ruiz launched an aggressive class action offense involving approximately 143 different types of class actions. These class actions resulted in some of the largest awards in Florida against major insurance companies such as Allstate, Progressive, State Farm, and GEICO. The GEICO case alone resulted in the settlement of over 80 million dollars of reduced claims. In total, Ruiz has single-handedly certiﬁed class actions against all major car insurers in the state of Florida resulting in the redistribution of improperly paid claims spanning a period of more than 10 years and resulting in the readjustment of billions of claims.
In 2001, Ruiz represented frustrated consumers in a class action lawsuit against Firestone for the poorly designed and manufactured tires that resulted in 63 fatalities and thousands of serious blowouts. Ruiz was also hired as local counsel by numerous out of state law ﬁrms that had pending cases in Florida courts. The cases in aggregate settled for over 30 million dollars.
Four years later, Ruiz represented the families of crash victims’ in a wrongful death suit against Chalk’s International Ocean Airway. Ruiz was the ﬁrst lawyer to ﬁle a limited fund class action. The case settled within 60 days of the lawsuit for a conﬁdential agreed amount. The Miami Herald and other newsworthy media outlets reported that the case had settled for 51 million dollars. The survivors of those who passed away in the accident collected within 364 days after the date of accident, which is unprecedented.
In addition to the multitude of cases delineated above, Ruiz has handled over 225 appeals, which include arguing before the Florida Supreme Court. He has also been involved in hundreds of arbitration cases that resulted in substantial monetary awards.
Bars and Courts
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
- Florida Supreme Court Florida State Bar.
- JD, Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center.
- BA, University of Miami.
Class Actions Certified By John H. Ruiz
|Allstate v. Chaple, Carmen.|
|Ayala, Ana v. Amstar Ins. Co.|
|Barrietos, Mirza v. Progressive Express Ins. Co.|
|Belfort v. Aries Ins.|
|Brito, Maria v. United Auto Ins.|
|Brito, Maria v. United Automobile Ins.|
|De La Rosa, Leandro v. Allstate.|
|Falowski, Frank v. Aries Ins. Co.|
|Fernandez, Octavio v. State Farm Mutual Auto Ins.|
|Fung, Kimberly v. Fjua Union American Ins. Co.|
|Hollingsworth, Beth v. Progressive.|
|Magnetic Imaging Systems I LTD v. Allstate Ins.|
|Nunez, Ofelia v. Geico General Ins.|
|Perez, Edwin v. State Farm Fire and Casualty.|
|Perez, Eleida v. United Auto. Ins. Co.|
|Rodriguez, Milan v. Bankers Ins. Co.|
|Bankers Ins. Co. v. Rodriguez.|
|Bankers Ins. Co. v. Yanco Rodriguez.|
|Sanchez, Luis v. Clarendon National Ins.|
|Santiago, Anaiz v. Underwriters Guarantee.|
|LLC v. IDS Property Casualty Insurance.|
|LLC v. Ocean Harbor Casualty.|
Multi District Litigation
|Peter Pan Peanut Butter.|
|Toyota Sudden Acceleration.|
|Shell Contaminated Fuel.|
|In Re: High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation.|
Speaking Presentations & Publications
|Superstars In Trial & Healthcare, Miami, Florida 2017.|
|Recovering Lost Profits, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2017.|
|National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Annual Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2016.|
|America’s Health Insurance Plans (“AHIP”) – Medicare & Medicaid Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. 2016.|
|The Florida Bar, Health Law Section Newsletter – Author, “The Practical Impact of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act” 2016.|
Media Coverage & Quotes
|Fox WSVN – “Historic Legal Wins Pave Way For Billions In Healthcare Reimbursement”, 2017.|
|Daily Business Review (ALM), Front Page – “How a Miami Law Firm Plans To Recover Billions For Medicare”, 2017.|
|Law360 – Radio Interviews: La Poderosa, Hispanic News Network, NBC News Radio – Español, Monday Radio Network “Business for Breakfast,
”Radio Informacion, Hispanic Radio Network, KLNO-FM, WGN-AM, WSUA-AM, Sheridan Broadcasting Networks-AURN, 2017.
|Daily Business Review (ALM), Front Page – “Lawyers: 11th Circuit Ruling Could Be Worth Billions”, 2016.|
|Bloomberg BNA – “No-Fault Auto Insurers Face Medicare Secondary Payer Liability”, 2016.|
Membership & Awards
|Daily Business Review Florida Trailblazer – 2019|
|American Bar Association|
|AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbel Lawyer Ratings|
|AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer In The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel, Legal Leader In Personal Injury – 2017|
|Cuban American Bar Association|
|Dade County Bar Association|
|Daily Business Review – Top Lawyers of South Florida – 2016|
|Federal Bar Association|
|Florida Trend’s – Florida Legal Elite, Best Recovery Law Firm – 2017|
|Hispanic National Bar Association|
|Legal Network – Top Lawyers In Florida, Highest In Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence – 2013 – 2017|
|Miami Herald – Top Rated Lawyers, South Florida’s Legal Leaders – 2015|