Based on 11 reviews
Help make it easier for other Avvo users to choose the right lawyer by sharing your experience with this attorney. It's fast, simple, and safe.
Lawyers: Use the Peer Endorsements section to provide input about other attorneys.
Posted by Carl, a Child Support client, Flag
Melissa Ruvolo is a kind, outstanding, knowledgeable, tenacious, and dedicated lawyer. From the first meeting, she immediately analyzed my case history. When it came time to go to court, Melissa presented a detailed, fact base case to the judge. Because of Melissa’s tenacity, accurate legal presentations to the Judge and her professional dedication to my case, the Judge approved a settlement that we had been striving for for years.
Melissa was always happy to help and answer my questions whenever I called, would respond to emails and be there to listen if that was all I needed. I had been trying to settle my child support case for many years and was only able to do so with the guidance, support and strength of Melissa.
In sum, Melissa Ruvolo is an outstanding lawyer, a caring individual and, from my immediate perspective, has proven to be a strategic planner on behalf of her client.
Posted by Sonya, a Child Custody client, Flag
Melissa was a huge help to our family. She was dedicated, professional, compassionate and very intelligent. If I had not retained her services, I'm sure my situation would have had a different outcome! Thank you Melissa!
Posted by Christine, a Divorce client, Flag
Over the summer of 2012 , after years of suffering, I decided to take a very difficult step and file for divorce from my husband and partner of 16 years. Although, this was a necessary and long overdue step I was terrified. I had been battered down by my husband and truely thought I could not get a divorce on my own. I had no money, no home and two children I was desperate to care for properly. With literally nowhere left to turn I picked up the phone and called Melissa Ruvolo. She listened to my story and listened to me cry for at least an hour without saying a word. When I was done rambling in the kindest most sincere manner she told me exactly what I was going to do. She didn't skip a beat and helped me to understand the exact steps I needed to take. She guided me through every step in this difficult process. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable in the aspect of divorce law but she is an extremely compassionate woman. Each time I felt I could not go on or had been hopeless and helpless Melissa Ruvolo was there to guide me and lift me up from absolute despair. I honestly could not have faced this traumatic event without the guidance and friendship that Melissa Ruvolo gave to me. She, as well as her partner and staff, provided me with all the things that I needed legally and mentally to face a terrible situation with the one thing I needed most, hope. Their professionalism, prompt responses to questions, knowledge, compassion and heart make them one in a million.
Posted by Steve, a Divorce client, Flag
Melissa represented me in my recent divorce. I was referred to her through a family member and am very thankful for the recommendation. Melissa is an impressive attorney with a high understanding for the information in her field. I could not imagine going through this difficult process without someone like her in my corner. She kept me informed on every detail of my case and made sure that she personally called me to discuss the next move – explaining each part so I clearly understood my options. If you are looking for a hard-working attorney that is respectful, understanding, kind, extremely knowledgeable & above all trustworthy – look no further…
Posted by Jason, a Divorce client, Flag
Ms. Ruvolo worked diligently during my very tumultuous and contentious divorce to ensure my best interests were protected. She was steadfast in her resolve to fight for 50/50 shared custody, which was of the utmost importance to me. She was very compassionate and genuinely concerned for my well-being and for the well-being of my children. When necessary she firmly reset my expectations with the legal system, but in a non-confrontational way. Even when confronted with numerous obstacles from my ex, her lawyer and even the judge, she composed herself in a very professional and respectful manner. She related to my situation on a personal level, which enabled us both to keep focused on what was truly important. She was very cognizant of the high cost of a drawn out divorce and always advised me on expected benefits of multiple courses of action so I could make an informed decision, understanding the risks. Throughout this life-changing experience we had many laughs along the way, which was a very welcomed distraction.
Family law matters are a two way street and require active participation and cooperation from clients as well. Ms. Ruvolo is an expert in the field of family law and is easy to work with and will hold up her end of the deal. She recognizes flaws exist in the legal system and will provide the proper advice to establish realistic expectations, which is very key. I highly recommend Ms. Ruvolo for all aspects of family legal matters. She will work hard and do the best she can (within the limits of her control) to get her clients the outcome they are seeking.
Posted by Scott, a Divorce client, Flag
Melissa was an outstanding attorney for my divorce. She knows the law and was able to apply it to get me the best settlement I believe I could have gotten. She made my ex"s attorney look like a fool. He was a general law practicing attorney and did not posses the knowledge that Melissa has. She kept me informed throughout the process not only through emails and regular mail but by personally calling me on the phone. She definitely did not over charge. My bill was much less than most people I have talked to that went through the same thing. I felt like Melissa was always there for me and she was always working on my case. I would highly recommend Melissa and her firm to anyone who is going to go through a divorce. In fact I have sent about a dozen or so people to consult with her already.
Posted by a Child Support client, Flag
Melissa was "on the ball" from day one! A well-rounded, driven lawyer that loves her work and cares about her clients..... She helped me to understand my rights and the laws themselves --- and lead me to receive the assistance I needed for that one most important person in my life............ my Son! I would recommend her without hesitation, and I am forever thankful for her expertise and dynamic personality!
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
When I filed for divorce that was the day my life turned to hell , the police were not on my side everything all seemed so crazy ( including me :-( I was broken down , depressed , no where to go , no family ( not from here ) 3 children to worry about as to how we could live and survive , I was rambling , couldn't keep my head straight or remember incidents and the dates as I was overwhelmed , stressed and just mentally exhausted from the mental abuse I was going through . My first lawyer dropped me didn't believe me ( that was the worst :-(. When I hired a lawyer it was very important that they believed me , for some that doesn't matter but for me knowing that finally so wove saw through the lies and the craziness I was going through that mattered the most that they knew I was telling the truth . She worked her butt off for me no matter how annoying how frustrated or even with me getting upset ( I felt close to her and yes raised my voice as u would when fighting with a relative ) she made me very comfortable and went above and beyond what any lawyer needed to do , Melissa is a great lawyer , very classy , doesn't put on a show in court and never stoops to the other lawyers level ( no matter how unprofessional the other lawyer is while they rant and put on a show for the judge . Melissa is the sweetest person and I do NOT give out compliments easily ! I can be very difficult as I was scared and stressed and tired , and yet she put up with me :-(
Melissa is a wonderful lawyer and human being , and you would be lucky if you hired her as yours .
Posted by Dennis, a Family client, Flag
Melissa represented me in a very contentious and emotionally draining child custody/college contribution case in 2011. The case had spanned many years prior to retaining Melissa. Before her I had unsatisfactorily worked with five other attorneys. I hoped retaining Melissa would end all litigation and future litigation once and for all. Ultimately, Melissa was able to successfully negotiate a reasonable settlement but only after establishing herself as a hard as nails opponent and successfully winning a really significant order on motion from the Court. Throughout the painful experience, Melissa’s responsiveness, compassion and empathy were invaluable. The time Melissa spent on my case was reasonable and cost effective. Although this experience cost me a great deal financially, I attribute that to the contentious situation. I do know that I could not have gotten the result I did without her. I will always be grateful to Melissa for her representation of me.
Posted by Tony, a Divorce client, Flag
I went through a tough divorce and Melissa was so helpful. She understood what I was going through and was very compassionate. She was honest with me throughtout the entire process and was very responsive to my questions and concerns.
Posted by Ron, a Family client, Flag
Melissa represented me after a judgment granting interim reduction in alimony based on loss in income. During the time leading up to the hearing-and through the hearing- she was compassionate, very knowledgeable and someone you could trust to make the right decisions. She returned my calls promptly . Ultimately, I was very happy with the outcome of my case.