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Scott H. Ruport

Mr. Ruport provides experienced litigation representation, and focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction, real estate, zoning, eminent domain, surety, stocks and securities. Further, he has been involved in various complex matters relating to breach of fiduciary duty and fraud relating to trusts, partnerships and corporations; shareholder derivative actions; mortgage and mechanic lien foreclosure; ERISA; RICO; and, accounting malpractice.


Mr. Ruport's extensive trial experience started in 1974. In AFC Interiors v. DiCello (1989), 46 Ohio St. 3d 1, Mr. Ruport represented the plaintiff, and the Ohio Supreme Court changed 79 years of Ohio case law. The plaintiff appealed after losing in the trial court and the court of appeals. The Ohio Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, holding that a section of the Uniform Commercial Code superseded the common law doctrine of accord and satisfaction in the "full payment" or "conditional-check" situation. In 1994, the Ohio Legislature added a section to the Ohio Uniform Commercial Code to change this case law result.


Mr. Ruport has been lead counsel in hundreds of trials and appellate cases. His goal is to make certain that the client's expectations are realistic and that the litigation process, with its risks, is clearly understood at the inception of the case.




AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory since 1994


Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation -- Real Estate since 2010


Listed in Super Lawyers® since 2009


Listed in various editions of Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry

Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy - Senior Specialist


Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (Chairman, Civil and Business Litigation, 1989)


Adjunct Professor, Legal Aspects of Construction, University of Akron, College of Engineering, 1983


Captain, Finance Corps, United States Army Reserve, 1971-1979

Established The Scott H. and Linda S. Ruport Business Litigation Scholarship Endowment Fund with the University of Akron School of Law in 2006


Notable Cases


  • Graves Lumber Co. v. Lance A. Croft, et al., 2014-Ohio-4324, 20 N.E.3d 412 (9th Dist.)

  • Allen v. Bennett, 9th Dist. Nos. 24629, 2009-Ohio-6076

  • Desai v. Franklin, 177 Ohio App.3d 679, 2008-Ohio-3957 (9th Dist.)

  • Dellagnese Constr. Co. v. Nicolas, 9th Dist. No. 22951, 2006-Ohio-4350

  • GMAC Mtge. Corp. v. Titch, 9th Dist. No. 04CA0012-M, 2005-Ohio-868

  • James Giltner v. Dale A. Mitchell, 9th Dist. Summit No. 21039, 2002-Ohio-5771

  • Robert W. Vrbanac v. Michael Zulick, 9th Dist. Summit No. 19864, 01-LW-0067 (Jan. 10, 2001)

  • Brown & Graves Co. v. FirstMerit Mort. Corp., 9th Dist. No. 192006, 1999 WL 394972 (June 16, 1999)

  • Iacomini v. Cogdeill, 9th Dist. No. 15761, 1993 WL 27389 (Feb. 3, 1993)

  • LRL Properties v. Rodriguez, 9th Dist. No. 15259, 1992 WL 80076 (April 15, 1992)

  • Hudson Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn. v. Hudson Park Estates, Inc., 64 Ohio App.3d 119, 580 N.E.2d 836 (9th Dist. 1989)

  • Dellagnese v. Sorkin, Thayer & Co., 9th Dist. Nos. 13036 and 13229, 1998 WL 37646 (March 30, 1988)

  • Cardinal Federal Savings and Loan v. Michaels Building Company, 9th Dist. Nos. 13518 and 13584, 1998 WL 87291 (Aug. 17, 1988)

  • Cardinal Federal Sav. & Loan Ass'n v. Michaels Bldg. Co., 9th Dist. No. 12881, 1987 WL 17783

  • Felix v. Clarke, 9th Dist. No. 11915, 1985 WL 10821 (June 26, 1985)

  • Horning-Wright Co. v. Great American Ins. Co., 27 Ohio App.3d 261, 500 N.E.2d 890 (9th Dist. 1985)

  • Gaal v. Mosher, 16 Ohio App.3d 229, 475 N.E.2d 192 (8th Dist. 1984)

  • A-C Group, Inc. v. Rabe, 5th Dist. No. CA 5710, 1981 WL 6586

  • Welsh v. Brown-Graves Lumber Co., 58 Ohio App.2d 49, 389 N.E.2d 514 (9th Dist. 1978)

  • Cooper v. Botnick, 9th Dist. No. 8831, 1978 WL 215406 (Oct. 4, 1978)

  • John Dellagnese Construction Co. v. Alfred Labriola Excavating Co., 9th Dist. No. 7960, 1976 WL 188783 (June 3, 1976)




Florida Contact Information


8960 Bay Colony Drive

Suite 301

Naples, Florida 34108

Phone: (239) 963-2801


Indiana Contact Information


1336 Chatham Hills Boulevard

Westfield, Indiana 46074

Phone: (330) 701-5688


Education Information


University of Akron, School of Law, J.D., 1974


Bowling Green State University, B.S.B.A., 1971







Ohio Supreme Court, 1974


U.S. Supreme Court, 1978


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1978


U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1978


Florida Supreme Court, 2002


Professional Associations


American Bar Association


Ohio State Bar Association


The Florida Bar Association


Akron Bar Association


Collier County Bar Association


The Association of Trial Lawyers of America


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