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Originally from Coral Springs, Florida, Mr. Pugatch attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men's Music Fraternity and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration in May of 2000. After receiving his B.A. he remained in Gainesville, and in July 2003 graduated cum laude with his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Before joining the firm in 2003, Mr. Pugatch completed an externship with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida under the tutelage of the Bankruptcy Judge Michael Williamson, and Chief Bankruptcy Judge Paul Glenn.


Craig Pugatch is a partner in Rice Pugatch Robinson and Schiller, P.A.; a South Florida based law firm which is well respected for its sophisticated business practice with a focus on insolvency matters, business reorganizations, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and all aspects of commercial litigation. In addition to the above, the firm provides a broad base of services to its clientele including litigation and transactional solutions in real estate, commercial affairs, labor law, and estates and trusts.


Mr. Pugatch practices in both state and federal court with a focus on insolvency law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy reorganization. Mr. Pugatch represents both creditor and debtor business interests as well as Trustee’s and other fiduciaries in connection with business litigation and transactional solutions.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 50%
    12 years
  2. Business: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%
    12 years

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  • Christian Robert Panagakos

    I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a smart guy and an excellent attorney.


    Christian Panagakos Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • James D. Allen

    Craig Pugatch is a skillful and effective bankruptcy and business attorney. He is a fierce advocate and negotiator for his clients but also understands the value of mediation If I ever needed bankruptcy or business advice, he would be my first call.


    James Allen Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller, P.A.

101 Ne 3rd Ave Ste 1800
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 333011252


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Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
The Grace Baptist Church of Cutler RidgeConfirmed Plan of Reorganization
Tavor Holdings, LLCJoint Venture 363 Sale
ABC Cutting Contractors363 Sale
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Florida Journal of Law and Public PolicyThe Lost Art of Chapter 11 Reorganization2008
The Bankruptcy StrategistInvoluntary Petitions Under BACPA: Much Ado About Nothing?2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000