Steven M. Ruffalo

Steven M. Ruffalo

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  • John Marshall School of Law, J.D.
  • Dominican University, MBA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, B.S. Business Management

Memberships and Associations

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Federal Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court

Awards and Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
  • Superb-10 AVVO ranking
  • Leading Lawyer

Steven has achieved significant experience through litigating, trying and settling a wide range of chancery and law cases in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He devotes much of his energy to making common sense of complicated, multi-layered disputes that often involve intractable parties/postures.

He works very closely with corporate and individual clients on a wide array of disputes ranging from professional malpractice, business to business disagreements, contested estates, investment advisor/financial exploitation claims, property disputes, sensitive employment/HR issues and contests over the rights and interests of LLC-corporate-partnership owners.

Mr. Ruffalo also understands the triggers that drive parties to litigate and is often engaged on a pre-litigation basis to consult with clients and establish strategies to resolve or head off their dispute, privately and proactively. Steven has shielded many clients from the risks of expensive, time-consuming and non-confidential commercial litigation by encouraging a sensible, negotiated resolution which often includes the use of hand-picked mediators, strategic-positioning among other unique methods for resolving disputes.

For over 30 years, Mr. Ruffalo has consistently maintained the highest “AV” rating (very high to preeminent) among his peers for legal ability, professional reliability, diligence and ethics, maintains a “Superb-10” AVVO ranking and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer among the Nation’s Top Lawyers.

Mr. Ruffalo was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association in 2010 and served on the Board of Directors for the College of DuPage Foundation (2010-2015) where he chaired the Bylaws Committee and the Planned Giving Committee. Currently, Mr. Ruffalo serves on the Boards of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and Medinah Country Club.