Kelly Cook, Esq

Kelly Cook was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Cook graduated from Hillsborough High School’s International Baccalaureate program before attending the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications, cum laude.

Ms. Cook always knew she wanted to practice law and use her skillset to make a difference in the community that gave her so much. Ms. Cook received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Before joining Kemp, Ruge & Green, Ms. Cook was a Partner at one of Florida’s biggest and most prestigious Civil Trial Firms located in Tampa, Florida. During that time, Ms. Cook defended numerous large insurance companies and their insureds in cases including catastrophic and personal injury, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, tractor-trailer accidents, negligent security, significant wrongful death as well as claims involving defective products. Unlike many of her peers, Ms. Cook has successfully tried Civil Jury Trials early on in her legal career.

Ms. Cook is married and has two young daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Robert A. Green, Esq

Motivated by a strong sense of justice and fairness, Robert Green a former detective and assistant prosecutor has been serving the legal needs of his clients in both Pinellas and Pasco communities for the last eighteen (18) years.

Rob’s approach to his law practice is a client oriented one with personal attention to cost effective case management and prompt responsiveness to situational needs. Rob’s experience and enthusiasm create a solid foundation from which he can advise our clients. Rob’s skills at the negotiating table have resulted in many of his cases being resolved prior to litigation.

Rob received his undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Florida in 1987. After receiving his bachelor’s degree Rob was employed for 8 years with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a detective while attending graduate school at the University of South Florida. In 1994 Rob left the Sheriff’s Office and subsequently obtained his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1997 graduating as the prestigious recipient of the Distinguished Student Award and as Valedictory Speaker.

Rob’s private and professional connections to the Pinellas and Pasco communities where he was raised remain strong. This year is the sixteenth (16th) consecutive year Rob has contributed pro bono work to the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Teen Court Program as a Magistrate overseeing first time youthful offenders sentenced by their peers. The Teen Court Program has the two-fold purpose of deterring first time youthful offenders from developing patterns of criminal behavior while allowing the student volunteers to have hands-on experience with the legal system. Rob also coordinates a mock trial for public viewing during the nationally recognized law week.

Rob lives by the tenet “never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” As a former Gator football walk-on Rob remains an avid Gator fan and enjoys fishing in his spare time. He is also a certified football coach at the YMCA, PPAL, I9 and high school levels. With all this pro bono and volunteer work, Rob has still managed to become a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate’ Forum and Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum, an honor that less than 1% of attorneys receive nationwide.

Alyssa A. Ruge, Esq

Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Arts 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 and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was a Florida Academic Scholar and was selected as a member of the National Dean’s List.

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 medical malpractice cases, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, spinal cord injury cases, nursing home abuse cases, premises liability cases, family law and domestic violence cases, and other complex and multi-party litigation 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. She is an honorary member of the Florida Sheriffs Association and a longtime supporter of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Alyssa practices in Pasco County doing primarily Divorce and Personal Injury Law, Hernando County doing Divorces and Personal Injury Car Accident cases, Pinellas County doing Personal Injury and Divorce cases and Hillsborough County primarily Divorces and Personal Injury cases.

Brandon J. Kemp, Esq

Brandon Kemp was born in Safety Harbor, FL and raised in Pasco County, FL. Yes, a real Florida native! Mr. Kemp attended K-12 in Pasco County, FL, ultimately graduating from River Ridge High School. Mr. Kemp then attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor of Science & Business Administration degree with a major in Finance. After spending some years in the insurance industry and the residential construction industry, Mr. Kemp met his wife Stacy Kemp, owner and founder of Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group while she was in her final year of law school.

In 2008, the law firm was founded, and by 2009, Mr. Kemp joined forces with his wife to focus both their efforts on the law firm. It was at this time, Mr. Kemp’s love and passion for the law and justice for those harmed by others was born. For the next 10 years, Mr. Kemp assisted as a paralegal with pre-suit case management before ultimately taking over the intake department for the law firm. After a decade of serving the firm and firm’s clients, Mr. Kemp decided to take the next step in his professional career and attend law school.

In 2019, Mr. Kemp attended Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School and graduated Cum Laude with his Juris Doctor in 2021. He then went on to take the February 2022 Florida Bar and was admitted to practice April 2022.

Mr. Kemp has extensive experience in helping client’s get the compensation they deserve. After spending over 13 years learning all aspects of pre-suit insurance claims, Mr. Kemp is now a lawyer and partner of Kemp, Ruge & Green. In this role, he will continue to fight zealously for all clients of Kemp, Ruge & Green.

Mr. Kemp is married and has two beautiful daughters. In his free time, he likes to be on the lake jet skiing, wake surfing, snow skiing, and traveling.

Stacy A. Kemp, Esq

Stacy Kemp is the founder of Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group and is an award-winning attorney and businesswoman. Attorney Kemp has been selected as one of the “Top Lawyers in Florida” by the Legal Network, and her firm was named “Small Business of the Year” by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, her firm earned a place in the INC. 5000 for fastest growing privately held companies in the nation for the second year in a row. While this is just a small sample of what she has achieved, the plaques on the wall are not what Attorney Kemp uses to evaluate her success.

“It’s nice to win trophies, but I’d rather win clients” is one of several client-centered mantras that dictate the inner-workings of her firm. Her business model, though not revolutionary, is implemented effectively and relentlessly. She emphasizes constant client interaction, pleasant conversation and a “can do” attitude to ensure her clients receive the best legal representation possible. Considering her firm’s revenue has grown by over 100% each of the past three years, her approach must be working.

However, what truly sets Attorney Kemp apart from her peers is her commitment to the bay area’s community. Since starting her firm in 2008, she has made community involvement as integral to her firm’s business model as she has superior client service. With an ever-growing list of sponsorships, charities, and benefits, Attorney Kemp aims to support the community that supports her. Perhaps no greater example of her philanthropic nature is her firm’s presenting sponsorship of the Chasco Fiesta (a nine-day festival benefiting more than 25 nonprofits locally).

The heart of Attorney Kemp’s success lies in the fact that she is from this area and, even as a young child, she has always wanted this area to thrive. She attended River Ridge High School where she was very active in Future Business Leaders of America, as well as a number of other extracurricular activities. Then, she went on to Saint Leo University where she majored in Criminal Justice and earned National Dean’s List recognition multiple times. Finally, staying local once again, Attorney Kemp earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. While there, she received numerous awards including the prestigious “ William F. Blews Award for outstanding pro bono service” and another series of Dean’s List awards.