Jennifer V. Ruiz


Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
9150 South Dadeland Boulevard
Suite 1400
Miami, Florida 33156

Tel: (305) 350-5367


Jennifer V. Ruiz is a Partner with Cole, Scott & Kissane, a leading full service law firm with 12 offices in Florida. Jennifer practices practices in state and federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels. She 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.

In 2020, Mrs. Ruiz was featured in Attorney at Law Magazine, portraying Women in the Law. Mrs. Ruiz has been selected as a Rising Star in the nationwide publication Super Lawyers Magazine based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  Mrs. Ruiz has also been listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as top-rated in civil litigation, with a focus on employment and labor, discrimination, and wrongful termination.  Mrs. Ruiz is included in the 30th Edition (2024) of U.S. News & World Report, The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of  Appellate Practice, Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Mrs. Ruiz served on the Board of Directors for the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers from 2016–2020, where she also served as co-chair of the state and federal court judicial liaison committee and numerous other planning committees for events aimed at promoting diversity, inclusion, and mentorship.  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 on the Dade Legal Aid Legal Leaders and Advisory Committee.  Mrs. Ruiz also served on numerous planning committees and as a panelist covering topics regarding diversity, inclusion, cultural sensitivity, and mentorship in the legal profession. Outside the legal profession, Mrs. Ruiz volunteers her time as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida.

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, received honors for her pro bono service while in law school, and was the recipient of a scholarship granted by the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association for her academic achievements.

Having the luxury of both litigation and appellate lawyers internally working shoulder-to-shoulder in the same firm, Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. can not only try cases to verdict but also take cases to the “next level,” the appellate courts.  CSK has won federal and state appeals, in addition to having made law and changed outdated law.

Thanks to its capability of representing clients in both the trial and appellate levels within the same firm, CSK saves clients’ time and resources by offering efficient and cost-effective dual representation.  Furthermore, CSK and its appellate department can identify and preserve potential appellate issues while the case is still in trial; efficiently assess the merits and likelihood of success of an appeal after trial; handle any and all aspects of the appellate process; prepare appellate writs, achieve results when seeking extraordinary relief; analyze the cost-effectiveness of seeking such relief; and consult and prepare amicus curiae briefs when appropriate.

CSK’s appellate lawyers routinely represent clients before both federal and state appellate courts, including the Florida Supreme Court and all five District Courts of Appeal in Florida.  In addition, CSK’s appellate lawyers collectively have subject matter experience in virtually all areas of law.

As a full-service law firm, Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. is able to provide our clients with experienced counsel and services in numerous areas of the law.

In order to better serve our clients, we have made a major commitment to utilize the best available technology in our practice of law. We believe this will enable us to deliver more organized and efficient service.

Successful litigators know there is no substitute for thorough research, preparation, and management of information.

Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. is proud to offer our clients the benefit of joining ever-changing technology with hard work, the willingness to go the extra mile, the teamwork of attorneys working for the benefit of our clients, and the integrity and the tenacity that is found in effective attorneys.

It is our goal and firm commitment to continue to serve our clients as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Each client is important to us, and we value each client relationship. While we have a full complement of attorneys, paralegals, and office staff, not every case requires an army. At the commencement of each matter, we discuss with the client who will be the appropriate lawyer or lawyers to handle the case.

This analysis is done based on complexity of the matter in conjunction with the individual talents and expertise of our lawyers. Every case and every project is administered to be cost-effective, without sacrificing quality.

We do not lose sight of the maxim that the firm’s success is tied directly to the success of our clients. To that end, we work toward establishing strong relationships with clients and maintaining those relationships with trust, hard work, and efficient and cost-effective service.

Locations: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale East and West, Orlando, Naples, Bonita Springs, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Key West and Pensacola.