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Ruth Vafek
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123 South Calhoun Street
P.O. Box 391
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
Voice: (850) 425-5472
Fax: (850) 222-7560



Ruth Vafek is a shareholder with the firm, and a Circuit Civil Mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court. As well as mediation, Ms. Vafek practices in the following areas:
  • Intellectual Property law (including trademark and copyright counseling, registrations, licensing, and litigation)
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Litigation, including tort defense
Ms. Vafek represents private individuals, businesses, and state agencies, and has proven experience at a range of levels, from negotiating patent licensing deals and employment agreements to handling jury trials as first-chair counsel, putative class actions, and appeals all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association – member of the Section of Litigation, Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • The Florida Bar
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers/ Florida Women Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Housing Leadership Council
  • Formerly member and Chair of the Board of Directors, Urban League of Tallahassee


  • J.D., cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., with honors, Goucher College, 2001
  • Order of the Coif

Extended Profile

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)

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.

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