Richard M. Benrubi

Richard M. Benrubi

Of Counsel
Location:
West Palm Beach, Florida
Phone:
561-331-5134
Email:

Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Richard M. Benrubi has developed a well-earned reputation over the years as an attorney who keeps insurance companies in check.

His practice is focused solely on representing policyholders in every manner of dispute involving insurance claims, and in early 2016 he brought that expertise to Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles when he joined the firm as an “of counsel” attorney.

Mr. Benrubi launched his legal career in 1988 after receiving his J.D. from the University of Florida. He worked in a small Fort Lauderdale insurance-defense firm and then joined the house counsel of Geico insurance, managing its West Palm Beach office for three years. This initial period of his career, working as a lawyer representing insurance companies, has proven invaluable to Mr. Benrubi today as he applies that knowledge to his cases on behalf of policyholders.

In 1995, he left Geico because he decided that he wanted to represent individuals rather than insurance companies and joined Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach for three years. He then joined a firm where he began his focus on insurance policyholder representation. He quickly became partner at that firm, Liggio Benrubi, P.A., where he remained for 18 years before launching his own firm, the Law Office of Richard M. Benrubi, P.A., and joining Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles as of counsel.

Mr. Benrubi possesses a strong professional commitment to his clients because oftentimes his legal help is the only way they can get their lives back in order.

“I like helping people who have nowhere else to turn,” he says. “These are people who are sick, injured, disabled, need surgery. Their loved ones pass away and even though they have life insurance, the insurance company denies their claim. I get great satisfaction from helping these people out.”

His work on behalf of policyholders has also resulted in cases that have changed Florida law. In early 2016, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in his favor in Paton v. Geico General Insurance Co., holding that billing records of opposing counsel are relevant as a guiding determination of plaintiff’s attorney fees. Another case, Lutz v. Protective Life was a health-insurance class-action lawsuit charging that Protective Life had engaged in illegal premium charges.

Mr. Benrubi’s commitment to policyholders is not restricted solely to his clients. He frequently lectures on insurance law and also writes an insurance column for the Florida Justice Association’s monthly publication, FJA Journal. He enjoys the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s top AV rating and has been named as a “Super Lawyer” 11 consecutive years by the Super Lawyers rating service.

He has served as president of the Palm Beach County Justice Association and the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2015 and 2016 he and his wife, Karen S. Benrubi, co-chaired the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Recognition Evening to honor lawyers who have provided valuable volunteer services to the indigent community.

In his limited spare time, Mr. Benrubi pursues an interest in music—in particular, live blues acts, travel and sports.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Bankruptcy

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.S. - 1985
    • Major: Business Administration

Published Works

  • "Does Campbell vs. State Farm Signal the End for a Large Punitive Damage Award in an Insurance Bad Faith Case?", Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association Publication, Briefings, Volume 4, Issue 9, Summer, 2004

Classes/Seminars

  • "Cross Examination of the IME in a Low Impact Auto Collision", Fall Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, AFTL, Orlando, Florida, November 19, 1998
  • "Winning the Downcoding & Late Payment Wars", Palm Beach County Medical Society Seminar, PBCMS, Boca Raton, Florida, April 12, 2000
  • "Use of Motions in Limine at Trial", Auto Negligence Seminar, AFTL, Miami, Florida, July 27, 2000
  • "Homeowner's Claims", 2002 Insurance Seminar, AFTL, Lauderdale, Florida, September 20, 2002
  • "Homeowner's Insurance Claims", Insurance Issues in the New Millennium, Orlando, Florida, September 21, 2001
  • "Homeowner's, Health and Disability Insurance Bad Faith", Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, AFTL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 21, 2001
  • "Proving Damages - Including Punitive and Bad Faith Damages", Proving Damages Seminar, AFTL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 14, 2003
  • "Bad Faith and Punitive Damages: The Most Recent Court Decisions, Developments, and Trends...and How They Should Impact the Strategy for Your Next Disability Case", The Seventh National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute, Boston, MA, June 10, 2004
  • Florida Justice Association’s monthly publication, FJA Journal

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s top AV rating
  • Named as a “Super Lawyer”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Justice Association, 1998 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, EAGLE Program Sponsor and Insurance Task Force, 1998 - Present
  • The Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 - Present
  • The Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2000 - 2008
  • The Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2007 - Present
  • The Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member, 1993 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), 1998 - Present
  • The American Bar Association (ABA), 2003 - Present
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Palm Beach Chapter, Member, 2007 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Palm Beach Chapter, President, 2014 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Liggio Benrubi, P.A., Partner
  • Law Office of Richard M. Benrubi, P.A.

Testimonials Client Testimonials

  • I was injured at work directly due to poor management decisions. I worked as a lifeguard and a child that was in the care of the day care facility on the campus ran away. He was in immediate danger. I… Shona M.
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  • Much to my surprise not only did they win my lawsuit but I ended up getting 3 times the original amount I was expecting to get! I could not have been more pleased with the staff and the outcome. Allison M.
  • If it wasn’t for your help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to win my case. I know that it was far away for you to come to Miami but your professionalism was outstanding. I will always recommend you. Maria W.
  • You might say you were even just doing your job, however, I think it’s essential that you realize how fortunate I am to have such a trusted esteemed attorney in my corner, blessed really. Anonymous
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