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Alyssa was a Florida Academic Scholar and earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the National Dean's List, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.


Alyssa received her law degree
from Stetson University College of Law and was a Senior Associate of the Stetson
Law Review. She was also awarded a Certificate of Concentration in Trial
Advocacy. Alyssa completed an internship with the United States Department of
Justice. She also served as a certified intern for the Office of the State
Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida.


Following her admission to
the Florida Bar, Alyssa joined the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
There, she practiced in the areas of civil litigation and appeals. Alyssa also
served as Assistant County Attorney for Pasco County, Florida.


Alyssa handles appeals in all
areas of civil practice, including tort liability, professional malpractice,
insurance coverage, and family law matters. Alyssa has handled appeals in the
Supreme Court of Florida, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th District Court of
Appeal.  She has also served as Amicus Curiae counsel. 


Alyssa also handles
personal injury cases, including car accidents, medical malpractice cases, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, spinal
cord injury cases, along with family
law and domestic violence cases.


Alyssa co-authored an article
that was published in the Florida Bar Journal (April 2004), entitled "Most
Unlikely to Succeed: Substantive Due Process Claims Against Local Governments
Applying Land Use Restrictions."  Alyssa served on the Florida Bar Journal's
Editorial Board from 2005-2008.  Alyssa is admitted to practice before the
Supreme Court of Florida and is a member of the American Association for Justice
(formerly ATLA), the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the West Pasco Bar
Association, the Appellate Practice section & the Family Law section of the
Florida Bar.


In 2006, Alyssa was selected by her peers as one of 102
up-and-coming attorneys in Florida and was listed in the Florida Legal Elite
section of Florida Trend Magazine.  Alyssa also served as an adjunct professor at
Hillsborough Community College, teaching legal research and writing.


Stetson University College of
Law awarded Alyssa the William F. Blews Service Award for her commitment to
community service. Alyssa is a supporting member of the Tampa Bay Performing
Arts Center (n/k/a The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts).  She is an honorary member of the Florida Sheriffs Association and a
longtime supporter of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    12 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    12 years
  3. Appeals: 25%
    12 years
  4. Family: 25%
    10 years



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2049 Welbilt Boulevard
Trinity, FL, 34655


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up & Comer Honoree Under 30 Years OldTampa Bay Business Journal2010
Florida Trend Legal Elite Up & ComerFlorida Trend Magazine2006
William F. Blews Service AwardStetson University College of Law2003
Certificate of Concentration in Trial AdvocacyStetson University College of Law2003
National Dean's ListUniversity of South Florida2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/ShareholderKemp & Ruge Law Group2008 - Present
Partner/ShareholderBeesing & Ruge, P.A.2007 - 2008
Assistant County AttorneyPasco County Attorney's Office2006 - 2007
Adjunct ProfessorHillsborough Community College2005 - 2008
Associate AttorneyCole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida BarMember2004 - Present
West Pasco Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Florida Sheriff's AssociationHonorary Member2003 - Present
Straz Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)Donor2003 - Present
The Florida Bar JournalEditorial Board Committee2005 - 2008
Hillsborough Association for Women LawyersMember2004 - 2006
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MN Medinvest Co., L.P. v. The Estate of Melissa Lee NicholsWon after review by Supreme Court of Florida
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Publication nameTitleDate
Litigation QuarterlyPrivilege Logs: An Essential Step to Managing Discovery and Preserving Confidentiality2005
Litigation QuarterlyAmendment 8 Update: Florida Senate May Try To Repeal or Clarify Amendment 82005
Litigation QuarterlyVacating a Default Judgment2005
Litigation QuarterlyCompelling Arbitration in Nursing Home Cases2005
The Florida Bar Journal"Most Unlikely to Succeed: Substantive Due Process Claims Against Local Governments Applying Land Use Restrictions."2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2010 Tampa ClassicInjury Law2010