Deborah Lancia Ruiz joined Jimerson Birr, P.A. as Special Counsel in 2019. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, including representation of clients acquiring, selling, leasing and financing commercial real estate and representation of borrowers or lenders with regard to construction loans, permanent mortgage loans and refinancing. Additionally, Ms. Ruiz has experience in real estate litigation and commercial litigation, including representation of borrowers or lenders in commercial foreclosures, problem loan documentation review and correction, foreclosure support, workouts, and forbearance agreements, representation of property owners in boundary disputes, trespass actions, and title insurance claims, and representation of landlords in landlord-tenant actions.
Ms. Ruiz grew up in Flagler County, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stetson University in 2000. Ms. Ruiz was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005 after earning her Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to joining Jimerson Birr, Ms. Ruiz was a partner in the Jacksonville law firm of Dale, Bald, Showalter, Mercier & Green, and practiced law in the Jacksonville area for more than twelve years before relocating due to her husband’s military career.
Ms. Ruiz presently resides in Hillsborough County with her husband, Mark, and their five sons. In her spare time, Ms. Ruiz enjoys traveling with her family, building Lego® creations with her sons, playing board games and cards with her family, rooting for the Florida Gators, and reading a good book if she has any quiet time left at the end of a day.
Bar and Court Admissions
- The Florida Bar
- University of Florida Levin College of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude
- Stetson University
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science