Luis R. Gracia is a partner and vice-president at the Law Firm of Rue & Ziffra. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Mr. Gracia attended the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in Rio Piedras before transferring to Florida Southern College in Lakeland, where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Mr. Gracia obtained his law degree in 1998 from Texas Southern University, in Houston, and shortly thereafter joined Rue & Ziffra.
Mr. Gracia focuses his practice on social security disability, workers’ compensation, as well as personal injury and wrongful death cases. He handles numerous social security disability cases all over Florida and is intimately familiar with the relevant regulations and procedures that play a critical role in obtaining benefits.
Mr. Gracia is board certified in Social Security Disability law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is that publication’s highest rating for professional excellence in legal ability and ethical standards. He also holds the distinction of being Volusia and Flagler Counties’ first and (to date) only board-certified attorney in the field of Social Security Disability. As head of Rue & Ziffra’s Social Security department, Mr. Gracia hosts the firm’s annual Free Social Security Seminar for the residents of Volusia and Flagler counties.
Fully fluent in Spanish, he is a frequent guest on Spanish radio shows dealing with legal matters.
In addition to being admitted to the Florida Bar Association and all Florida Courts, Mr. Gracia presently holds admissions in the Volusia County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives where he is a sustaining member, the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy and the National Trial Lawyers Association among others. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Over the years, Mr. Gracia has obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. These include successful recoveries on behalf of his clients from every major insurance company in Florida. Mr. Gracia is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, two of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Furthermore, he has obtained favorable social security decisions for thousands of clients and, in this way, securing millions of dollars in benefits for them.
Devoted to each client and each case, Mr. Gracia makes sure that his clients are well informed and fully understand the legal process. He is very responsive and committed to delivering high-quality legal and personal services to all of his clients and their families.