Across the past three decades, Stuart Ratzan has combined hard work and imagination to successfully try and resolve some of the most significant malpractice cases heard in state and federal courtrooms in Florida and throughout the United States. Mr. Ratzan embraces the demanding role of plaintiff attorney with aptitude and study, perseverance, moral courage and an affinity for risk.
As founder and shareholder of Ratzan Weissman & Boldt, not only does he aggressively pursue multi-million dollar judgments and settlements on behalf of his clients to help offset a lifetime of treatments and medical expenses, Mr. Ratzan is well aware of the significance of bringing cases of negligence to trial and the incentives they provide for public safety and good care, of which he ardently asserts we are all entitled.
Stuart N. Ratzan is a trial attorney who goes above and beyond his responsibility to obtain just compensation for his clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Among his peers, Stuart Ratzan is considered a David among Goliaths when he fights alongside his clients to take on the most powerful hospitals, doctors, manufacturers and corporations and insurance companies.
On multiple occasions, Mr. Ratzan earned a place amongst The Top 100 Verdicts in America for his role in securing justice and enforcing safety on behalf of his clients and the communities in which they reside. In 2017 alone, Mr. Ratzan secured a $46.5 million medical malpractice verdict – the largest ever in the State of Arkansas – for a three-year-old child who suffered brain damage after she was left untreated for jaundice as a newborn; and also in a $45 million verdict involving the death of a medical student following a late-night crash at an Interstate 75 construction site in Pembroke Pines, Fla. By first gathering evidence, and then through his application of top flight courtroom advocacy, in each case Stuart Ratzan restored balance in the lives of those he made financially whole and the communities they live in safer.
With a knack for thinking on his feet rapidly and showing pure authenticity in every case, Stuart Ratzan has the ability to extend the boundaries and traditional means of courtroom techniques. For this, he often makes national headlines. As lead trial lawyer, he successfully argued on behalf of the family of a Florida wife and mother whose 1996 lung cancer death resulted in a $42.5 million verdict against cigarette companies R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris; and in another trial in which he represented a whistleblower in $2.8 million verdict against a major Florida hospital corporation. When wrongdoers as such are held accountable, Mr. Ratzan believes a jury has enforced the rules of safety and all can rest a little easier.
Mr. Ratzan is annually recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend magazine and Florida Super Lawyers as one of Florida’s top attorneys, Mr. Ratzan has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Drawing courage and inspiration from his clients, Mr. Ratzan is active in legal organizations. The Florida Justice Association has recognized his fundraising efforts. Mr. Ratzan is also a frequent lecturer at seminars for the Florida Bar Association and FJA, speaking throughout Florida on trial practice, catastrophic injury litigation and consumer advocacy.
Most of all, Stuart Ratzan is authentic. He honors that self-knowledge in numerous causes that make a meaningful difference in the local and global communities. An avid cyclist and fly fisherman, Mr. Ratzan has ridden hundreds of miles to raise funds for a handful of charities, such as Dolphins Cancer Challenge and Best Buddies International, and participates annually in the Keymorada Fishing Tournament to raise money to fight Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis).