Craig A Pugatch

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Craig A Pugatch
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Born1978 (age 44–45)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationUniversity of Florida
Years active2003 - present
OrganizationRice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen, PLLC[1]
Known forAttorney
TitleManaging Partner

Craig A. Pugatch is an American lawyer, author and managing partner of the law firm Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen PLCC in Florida.[2][3] He is a noted and top rated bankruptcy attorney in Florida.[4] Pugatch is a law practitioner in the state of Florida for both state and federal courts.[5][6] He specializes in insolvency law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and reorganization, along with investment and commercial transactions.[7][8][9][10]

Pugatch has been widely recognised for his involvement in several high-profile cases and has garnered the attention of media houses including Miami Herald, the Daily Business Review, the South Florida Legal Elite and The Best Lawyers in America. He was also recognised by Super Lawyers, a company that rates lawyers based on peer recognition and achievements.

Pugatch is the author of Involuntary Petitions Under BACPA: Much Ado About Nothing? – The Bankruptcy Strategist, published in 2007. He has also founded Mobilizing MSD Alumni, an organization that supports the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School High School students, teachers, and alumni after the shooting on February 14, 2018.[11]

Early life and education

Pugatch was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. He graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1996. He pursued political science and business administration at the University of Florida for four years. He became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men's Music Fraternity while completing his bachelor’s degree. In 2001, Pugatch enrolled in Fredric G. Levin College of law and graduated cume laude from the University of Florida in 2003.


Pugatch with an experience of over 17 years is a leading attorney in the state of Florida, known for his work in bankruptcy and reorganization cases.[12] He represents debtor, creditor and trustee interests. He is highly acclaimed for his advice in business litigation and transactional solutions.

Pugatch is an annual guest lecturer at the University of Florida. He has also addressed several seminars including CLE (Continuing Legal Education).

Notable Clients

During his career, Pugatch handled the successful litigation and appeal of several clients. Some of them include:

  • Soneet Kapila; Kapila and Company
  • Bimini Island Air
  • SunCruz Casinos, LLC
  • Michael Moecker & Associates
  • Kenneth A. Welt
  • Michael Phelan
  • Phillip Von Kahle

Notable Cases

  • Kraz, LLC V. Branch Banking & Trust Co. [13][14][15][16][17]
  • Miccosukee Tribe of Indian of Fla. V. Tein (Craig A. Pugatch as amicus curiae)[18][19]


  • Involuntary Petitions Under BACPA: Much Ado About Nothing? – The Bankruptcy Strategist, published in 2007.
  • The Lost Art of Chapter 11 Reorganization, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy published in 2008

Awards and recognition

Pugatch has received several awards during his career and has been recognized by several organizations on multiple instances. Some of them are

  • 2013: Recognised by Best Lawyers in america
  • 2016-2020: Selected by Super Lawyers
  • Received the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV
  • Received a "Superb" rating by attorney-rating website
  • Recognized as one of the Top Attorneys by Florida Legal Elite

Membership and appointments

He is a member of The Florida Bar, The Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Federal Bar Association and American Bar Association.


In the wake of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Pugatch founded Mobilizing MSD Alumni to support the school community.[20][21] He serves as the founder and national director of the organization. He has created several outreach programs for the school community and has raised his advocacy to demand policy change nationwide. Pugatch closely works with alumnus to strengthen the connections and maintain an active relationship with the school.[22]

Pugatch also sits on the board of Master Chorale of South Florida.[23]

Personal life

Pugatch is from Coral Springs, Florida. He opted Law as a career choice after completing his bachelor’s degree.


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  2. "Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen, PLLC, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, USA | Chambers". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  3. "Craig A. Pugatch". RPRSC. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  4. "Top Rated Fort Lauderdale, FL Bankruptcy Attorney | Craig Pugatch". Super Lawyers. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  5. "Nikki Fried stands by her blind trust, while lawmakers try to ban them". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  6. "As Republicans move to scrap blind trusts, Nikki Fried launches one". Florida Bulldog. 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  7. "Bankruptcy Law". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  8. "SEC Seeks $180M From Rothstein Feeder Fund Owner - Law360". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  9. "Funds face off over Rothstein case". Retrieved 2020-07-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Judge to hear evidence in Fisher Island case". Retrieved 2020-07-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Mobilizing MSD Alumni". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  12. "Craig Allen Pugatch". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  13. "Kraz, LLC v. Branch Banking & Trust Co. (In re Kraz, LLC), 582 B.R. 812 | Casetext Search + Citator". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  14. "Kraz, LLC v. Branch Banking & Trust Co. (In re Kraz, LLC), 582 B.R. 812 | Casetext Search + Citator". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  15. IN RE KRAZ, LLC, Dist. Court, MD Florida 2017
  16. Reversed on Appeal - IN RE KRAZ, LLC, Dist. Court, MD Florida 2020
  17. Rehearing Denied - IN RE KRAZ, LLC, Dist. Court, MD Florida 2020
  18. "Craig Allen Pugatch". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  19. "Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. Tein, 227 So. 3d 656 | Casetext Search + Citator". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  20. "MSD ALUMNI LETS MOBILIZE".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. Fleshler, David. "How Stoneman Douglas students organized gun-control rallies around the world". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  22. "Broward vacation resort sold at bankruptcy auction for $12.2M". Retrieved 2020-07-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. "Master Chorale of South Florida". Master Chorale of South Florida. Retrieved 2020-07-28.

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