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Richard Rusak

Partner - Brais Brais Rusak
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Board certified in admiralty & maritime law and with a history of excellence in admiralty law studies, Richard Rusak delivers highly-focused insight into the matters surrounding each and every case. He brings tireless dedication to uncovering opportunities for clients through intense research and thorough analysis.

Richard's trial experiences ranges from crewmember and passenger personal injuries to enforcement of maritime liens and other commercial disputes. In addition to his trial talents, Richard heads the firm's appellate section and has authored numerous appellate briefs and argued at both the state and federal levels.

Always aware of the current issues facing today's maritime litigants, Richard's counsel is both precise and well-informed. In addition to his professional experience, Richard obtained several impressive academic achievements. Most notably, he was awarded the Dean's Academic Achievement Award for the courses of Maritime Personal Injury and Death as well as Insurance Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Richard served as the Admiral of the law school's Maritime Law Society, and later, that organization's Alumni Advisor.

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J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2002
Cum Laude

B.A., Monmouth University, 1999
History & Political Science, Cum Laude

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United States Supreme Court
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern, Middle & Southern District Courts of Florida
Eastern & Southern District Courts of Texas
State Court Admissions


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Scholarly Writings

Plowing Your Way into Environmental Liabilities in South Florida
Presented at the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club 2006 Seminar, this paper showcases the liabilities, defenses and marine insurance implications associated with striking and grounding incidents resulting in environmental losses occurring in National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries. Read the complete paper View the complete presentation slide show

The Shipowners' Limitation of Liability Act: Pitfalls for the Unwary
Presented at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute's 2006 Seminar in Savanna, Georgia, this paper provides a detailed discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of the Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act. The paper is designed to serve as a beacon for maritime practitioners to navigate their way through this rocky statutory provision often utilized by shipowners and marine underwriters in an effort to limit liability to the post-incident value of a vessel regardless of actual damages. Read the complete paper

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