As a Senior Associate who has been with Butler since 2009, Ezequiel Lugo is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Appellate Practice. As such, Ezequiel's practice focuses on appeals and trial support. He primarily handles appeals that involve insurance coverage disputes and casualty defense cases. He guides an appeal from the filing of a notice of appeal through the filing of a motion to recall mandate.
Ezequiel achieved his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, with honors, from Stetson University College of Law in 2007. While in law school, he was a member of the Stetson Law Review and the Moot Court Board. He competed in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, where he argued in all rounds of the Southeast Region. Before that, he received his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Harvard University.
Ezequiel served as a state appellate intern to the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. He also served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Mary S. Scriven of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Upon graduation, Ezequiel was a judicial staff attorney to the Honorable Douglas A. Wallace at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. His recent achievements include helping to quash a discovery order compelling McDonald’s to reveal trade secrets and helping to reverse a judgment against State Farm Mutual Insurance Company because of the exclusion of an expert witness.
- Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Appellate Practice
- Moot Court Award of Excellence
- Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Professional Conduct from Stetson University College of Law
- Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts
- Stetson University College of Law
Doctorate of Jurisprudence
- Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar
- Former Co-Chair of the Appellate Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- The Florida Bar
- All State Courts of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
March 01, 2015
PUBLICATIONRecent Legal Developments
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The Florida Supreme Court in Delva v. Continental Group, Inc., 137 So. 3d 371 (Fla. 2014), held that pregnancy is a primary characteristic of the female sex and a natural condition unique to women. Discrimination based on pregnancy is therefore unlawful discrimination because of sex prohibited by the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992
May 29, 2013
PUBLICATIONCertiorari Redefined: Would the "Functional Restatement" Function?
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Some pretrial rulings can impose unbearable pressures on a litigant, change the course of a case, and cause lasting harm. Sometimes, your client just cannot wait until the end of a case to appeal. Imagine that the trial court has just issued a non-final order adverse to your client that you think will likely be reversed on appeal.
April 01, 2011
PUBLICATIONThe Conflict PCA: When an Affirmance Without Opinion Conflicts with a Written Opinion
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This article was submitted on behalf of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar. April 2011, Volume 85, No.4