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Joe Ruppel joined Johnson Pope in 2017 after working as a Summer Associate for the firm the previous year. During his time as a Summer Associate, Joe worked on matters in a wide range of practice areas, gaining experience in many fields of law. While in law school, Joe volunteered for Gulfcoast Legal Services, researching legal issues for the organization’s staff attorneys in order to assist low-income families.

Distinctions and Memberships

  • 2nd Runner-Up, 2014 Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship


Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude

  • Dean’s List (Fall 2014; Spring 2015; Fall 2015; Spring 2016; Fall 2016)
  • Presidential Merit-Based Scholarship Recipient
  • Stetson Law Review: Senior Associate and Digest Writer
  • Research and Writing II Teaching Assistant
  • Highest Grade Designations in Research & Writing II; Evidence; Administrative Law; American Legal History; Trusts & Estates; Sales, Leases, & Licenses; Consumer Protection Law; and Negotiation & Mediation

University of South Florida, B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science (Philosophy Minor)

  • Dean’s List (Spring 2011; Fall 2011; Spring 2012; Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Fall 2013)
  • National Society of Leadership and Success Member
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Member

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