top bottom

Taras Rudnitsky to be Honored at Supreme Court

» Print This Page

We are proud to announce that on January 28, 2016, Taras Rudnitsky will be honored at a ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. Taras was selected to receive the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service award for the 18th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Seminole and Brevard Counties. The Florida Bar included the following note about Taras in its press release announcing the award:

Taras S. Rudnitsky

18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard and Seminole counties)

When a foster child named Lonnie turned 18, he figured it was time to take the money he had been saving from an after-school job and buy his first car. The purchase was a disaster. Luckily for Lonnie, his caseworker contacted the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, which placed a call to Taras S. Rudnitsky.

Rudnitsky, of the Rudnitsky Law Firm in Longwood, has devoted his career to consumer protection. As a bonus, he is an automotive engineer with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. When negotiations with the used-car dealer broke down, Rudnitsky filed a 20-page complaint and aggressively pursued the case. In the end, the dealer gave a full refund to Lonnie, who now drives a car he purchased with a bit more caution.

Rudnitsky is a treasure to three legal aid groups ─ the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and the Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida. He has logged more than 600 hours of pro bono work over the last five years, and those hours don’t include the time he has spent training and mentoring legal services attorneys, consulting on cases, making presentations on behalf of legal services groups or serving as a member or officer of their boards. He also has been generous financially to help sustain the mission of legal aid.

Rudnitsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.