Michael D. Ruel

Michael D. Ruel: Attorney with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A Professional Law Corporation AV stamp icon
  • Director at Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A Professional Law Corporation
  • 110 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    View Michael D. Ruel's other office locations
  • Michael joined the Tampa office of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith as an associate in 2010. Before joining the firm, he began his practice in 2008 in Pensacola, Florida focused solely on insurance defense litigation with an emphasis on representing associations, contractors and professionals in construction defect claims. Prior to embarking on a legal career, he served in the United States Air Force as a member of the 55th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida. In addition to his military service, Michael brings real world knowledge and experience from the automotive industry, retail sales and banking.

    Michael is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

    Since joining the firm, his practice has concentrated on general liability defense, including insurance defense, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, construction defect, bad faith, first-party insurance and subrogation.
  • Peer Reviews

    4.7/5.0 (9)
  • Profile Visibility [ i ]
    • #209 in weekly profile views out of 6,508 Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • #11,106 in weekly profile views out of 1,822,222 total attorneys Overall
Attorney Awards


Michael Ruel understands the paramount goal of his clients is to obtain the most favorable resolution of their case quickly while minimizing the costs associated with protracted litigation. To that end, Michael believes it is important to work as a partner with his clients by keeping them timely informed of the developments in their case so that they maintain control of the litigation to achieve the desired outcome. Throughout his career, Michael has employed proactive and tactically aggressive approaches to promote the interests of his clients to obtain those goals. Having tried numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations, Michael has developed the skills to effectively represent his clients while at the same time recognizing when a matter should be resolved to minimize the inherent risks with litigation.

Before embarking on a legal career, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force as a member of the 55th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida. In addition, Michael has extensive prior work experience in the retail sales, automotive, and banking industries giving him the real world knowledge and understanding of business operations, human resources, and cost management. Michael’s vast experience has carried over to his legal practice resulting in favorable outcomes for his clients in high exposure cases.

Michael handles claims throughout Florida and his practice consists of general casualty litigation for primary and excess carriers, including claims for construction defect and liens, wrongful death, personal injury, premises liability, admiralty and maritime, products liability, environmental torts, contracts and first party insurance disputes, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith claims. A significant portion of his first-party practice involves representing the three largest property insurance carriers in Florida in matters involving commercial property claims by businesses, apartments, condominiums and home owner’s associations. Michael’s representative clients include insurers, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, marinas and other maritime interests, private businesses and building owners/tenants.

Michael’s experience and success have earned him an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the directory’s highest rating for attorneys. He is also frequently invited to speak at seminars relating to his practice areas.


•Nov 01
Tampa Attorneys Obtain Complete Defense Verdict in Premises Liability Case
•Aug 22
Galloway Directors Michael Ruel and Mike Grimley Obtain Complete Defense Verdict
•Oct 28
New Port Richey, Florida Judge Grants Directed Verdict on Valued Policy Law

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Environmental & Toxic Tort
  • Insurance Defense & Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Maritime & Admiralty
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(813) 977-1200  Phone
(813) 977-1288  Fax
University Attended:
University of West Florida, B.A., Political Science
Law School Attended:
Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida; United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Florida State Courts


•The Florida Bar
•Hillsborough County Bar Association
•Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance


Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (9 reviews)
High ethical standing icon
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

  • Communication

  • Legal Experience


*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Contact Michael D. Ruel

Required Fields

Required Fields

By clicking on the "Submit" button, you agree to the Terms of Use, Supplemental Terms and Privacy Policy. You also consent to be contacted at the phone number you provided, including by autodials, text messages and/or pre-recorded calls, from Martindale and its affiliates and from or on behalf of attorneys you request or contact through this site. Consent is not a condition of purchase.

You should not send any sensitive or confidential information through this site. Emails sent through this site do not create an attorney-client relationship and may not be treated as privileged or confidential. The lawyer or law firm you are contacting is not required to, and may choose not to, accept you as a client. The Internet is not necessarily secure and emails sent though this site could be intercepted or read by third parties.