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Sergio has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring America’s Top 100 Attorneys.  Selection for this recognition is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession. 


In 2018, Sergio was selected as a TOP-10 Lawyer by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys as well as one of the 10-BEST by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in the State of Hawai`i.  

Less than 1% of attorneys receive either of these distinctions.  Those selected have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, and success in their practice.  To be considered, a lawyer has to be nominated by a peer, vetted by the appropriate processing committee, and approved by the Board of Governors.  

In August 2017, Sergio was identified by SuperLawyers as a Top-Rated Lawyer in the categories of Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation.


SuperLawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  

In early 2017, Sergio was selected as one of the Top-100 attorneys in Hawai`i in the category of Civil Litigation by The National Trial Lawyers Association.

The National Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly-applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards.

In June 2017, Sergio was selected as one of the Top-25 attorneys in Hawai`i in the category of Medical Malpractice by The Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association.

The Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25 is an invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the Top 25 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them in the American legal system regarding Medical Malpractice claims. Members of the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25 exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence and performance in their area of specialty. 

At trial, Sergio has a calm demeanor and really simplifies matters for the jury.  His approach to complicated medical malpractice issues is simple, focused, and practical.  He empowers the jury to do the right thing for his clients.  
I have worked with Sergio on several multi-million dollar medical malpractice cases. He has always been the hardest working person on the case and has a creative approach to problem solving.  

Our firm hired Sergio when he was a young lawyer in Guam. I knew from the moment I met him that he would be successful in front of a jury and am proud of the lawyer and professional he has become.

Even after our case ended, Sergio made sure to keep in touch and make himself available.  We would not hesitate to recommend him.

In 2014, Sergio received the highest possible distinction from Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Rating. The AV Rating is based on a survey of other lawyers in Hawai`i and cannot be influenced by, for example, buying advertising.  The rating encompasses both General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability ratings.  Legal Ability comprises:  Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capability, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. 

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"I really appreciated you taking the time to walk me through everything when no one else would.  Even though it wasn’t the outcome we wanted I still believe it was something necessary that we had to do and I’m still working toward raising awareness for this in other ways.  In a world where everything seems to boil down to what’s legal rather than moral, it’s nice to know there are people still willing to fight for what’s right."

My wife was involved in a serious crash.  The Firm always returned our calls promptly and took the time to patiently explain everything along every step of the way.  We highly recommend working with Rufo Law. 

It's not often that you hear the words, honest, friendly, and responsive in the same sentence with your lawyer.  Those words describe Sergio Rufo perfectly.  You will not regret consulting with him.

Sergio took my case when no one else believed in me, and that meant a lot.  The fact that we were successful was a bonus.  

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