Ezequiel Lugo is a Senior Associate at Butler Pappas.
Ezequiel practices primarily in the firm's Appellate Department. Ezequiel is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Appellate Practice.
Ezequiel received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard University in 1999 and Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from Stetson University College of Law in 2007. While in law school, Ezequiel 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. He received the Moot Court Award of Excellence and the Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and for Professional Conduct. Additionally, Mr. Lugo served as a state appellate intern to the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and 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.
Ezequiel is admitted to practice in all state courts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Mr. Lugo is a past Co-Chair of the Appellate Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Ezequiel's practice focuses on appeals and trial support. Ezequiel works mainly on appeals involving insurance coverage disputes and casualty defense cases. Since being admitted to practice law, Ezequiel has worked in hundreds of appeals including appeals from final and non-final orders, petitions for various original writs, and appellate motions on jurisdiction, attorney's fees, rehearing, and rehearing en banc. Ezequiel's work involves guiding an appeal from the filing of a notice of appeal through the filing of a motion to recall mandate.
Notable recent opinions include: Am. Home Assur. Co., Inc. v. Sebo, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1982 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013) (reversing judgment exceeding $8 million because the trial court erroneously applied the concurrent-causation doctrine to determine causation); McDonald's Rests. of Fla., Inc. v. Doe, 87 So. 3d 791 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012) (quashing discovery order compelling franchisor to produce trade secrets); State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Bowling, 81 So. 3d 538 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012) (reversing judgment because the trial court erroneously excluded the testimony of the insurer's designated expert witness); and Landmark Am. Ins. Co. v. Studio Imports, Ltd., Inc., 76 So. 3d 963 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011) (reversing order denying motion to dismiss premature count for extracontractual damages under section 624.155, Florida Statutes).