Ruth Vafek joined the firm in 2006. As well as serving as a mediator, certified for circuit civil mediation by the Florida Supreme Court, her areas of legal practice are intellectual property law (including registrations, licensing and litigation), employment law, and commercial litigation, including tort defense. Ruth represents a range of clients in commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, in both state and federal courts. She is also available to represent employers in a variety of matters, from employment contracts to litigation of employment discrimination claims.
Goucher College - Bachelor of Arts 2001 (with honors), Major - International and Intercultural Studies, Minor - French
Santa Clara University College of Law - J.D. 2006 (cum laude)
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
The Florida Bar Association (2007)
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida
All state courts in Florida
Supreme Court of the United States
American Bar Association - member of the Section of Litigation, Section of Intellectual Property Law, and Section of Employment Law
The Florida Bar
Tallahassee Bar Association
Tallahassee and Florida Women Lawyers
Order of the Coif
Among other experience, while in law school, Ruth consulted for a closely-held technology company in Silicon Valley. She reported directly to the CEO and acted as liaison to the company's outside law firms. Ruth assisted with a wide range of matters encountered at many companies, including employment law disputes and employee grievances, negotiating contracts, corporate governance issues, stock splits, independent financial audits, working with the board of directors and outside investors, and obtaining protection for and policing intellectual property rights. In that position, she learned first-hand, from the client's perspective, what clients need and expect from their lawyers.
In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending time with her husband Oskar, a physics professor at FSU, reading, and traveling, as well as training for and competing in equine sports, especially eventing.