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Mr. Rugg practices exclusively in representing healthcare providers, licensed professionals, and business clients in their transactional, tax, corporate and organizational, and regulatory matters.

Distinctions & Memberships 

  • The Florida Bar, 1981
  • Florida Medical Association, Public Member, Board of Governors, 2015-2016
  • Stetson College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2000-2012
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Past President, 2002-2004
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism, Past Chair, 2000-2001
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Health Law Committee and Medical/Legal Committee, Past Chair, 1996-1997
  • The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Past Chair, 1990-1991
  • Stetson College of Law, Center for Quality in Healthcare Law, Past Director
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Since 2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Named as “Lawyer of the Year” for Health Care Law in Tampa
  • Chambers USA 2006-2014, Ranked in Florida for Healthcare
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2009-2012, 2015; Ranked for Healthcare
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2004, Listed as “Who’s Who” in Tampa Bay Business
  • Graduate of State and Local Chamber Leadership Programs: Leadership Tampa, Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership Miami, and Leadership Florida


  • University of Chicago Law, J.D., 1981
  • University of Florida, M.A., 1976
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1975; with high honors, Florida Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa

Panelist, Suncoast Healthcare Executives and Tampa Bay MGMA Educational Meeting, “Hot Health Law Topics Every Executive Should Know,” May 28, 2015. Panelist, 2015 HFMA Florida Annual Spring Conference, “King v. Burwell and the Future of Exchange Subsidies,” May 19, 2015. Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity – Florida, AHDI Florida Annual Kickoff, “Legal Stuff That You Need To Know About, But Maybe Didn’t Think You Needed To Know About,” January 31, 2015 Collier County Medical Society General Membership Meeting, Speaker, “2014 Business & Economic Updates for Physicians,” March 19, 2014 American Association of Orthopedic Executives, Co-Speaker, Webinar, “Don’t Let Compliance Keep You Up at Night! Maximize Your Time & Effort with These Tips & Tools,” March 6, 2014 Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, “Business Regulations,” September 2013 Collier County Medical Society Legislative Seminar, Panelist, “Healthcare Legislation Trends and the Potential Impact on Florida’s Physician,” October 24, 2013 Lee County Medical Society General Meeting, Presenter, “Mergers, Hospital Deals, and Networks,” November 21, 2013 Akerman Lunch & Learn Healthcare Series, Panelist, “The Changing Healthcare Environment,” August 1, 2013 The Special Needs Alliance, Speaker, “Select Topics in Healthcare Law and the Affordable Care Act,” March 11, 2013 American Health Lawyers Association, “Representing Physicians Handbook”, 3rd ed., Co-Author, 2012 Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, General Regulation of Business in Florida, August 2011 Hillsborough Bar Association Journal, Author, “Four Basics in Representing Physicians,” 2005 The Florida Bar, Co-Author and Co-Editor, “Not for Profits Corporations Manual,” 1991, 2d ed., 1995 & 1996 Quarterly Report of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, Author, “Covenants Not to Compete in Employment Agreements,” Vol. IV, No 2, Spring 1991 University of South Florida and All Children’s Hospital Residency Programs, Presenter, “Important Aspects in Negotiation of Employment Contracts” and “Avoiding Malpractice,” 1990-present (intermittently)

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