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Mr. Ruffner began practicing in Maine in 1999 as a Domestic Violence prosecutor with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. He then joined the litigation firm of Friedman Babcock & Gaythwaite where he practiced insurance and criminal defense. Mr. Ruffner formed his own practice in 2001 to focus on Criminal Defense. Mr. Ruffner is a member of the American Bar Association, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maine State Bar Association and Maine Trial Lawyer's Association. He is admitted to practice in both Maine state courts as well as the Federal District Court of Maine.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    14 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Edmund R. Folsom

    I endorse Rob Ruffner. Rob is knowledgeable and experienced, and he works hard on behalf of his clients who are charged with crimes. Rob is also one of Maine's strongest and most consistent advocates for the rights of indigent defendants in this State.


    Edmund Folsom Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert C. LeBrasseur

    Attorney Ruffner is a strong advocate for the rights of all Defendants. He works tirelessly to better the representation of all criminal defendants and to improve the system for individuals represented by court appointed counsel. He is a diligent and hard working attorney for his clients willing to do more than what is necessary to protect his clients. You are in good hand with Attorney Ruffner.


    Robert LeBrasseur Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Robert J. Ruffner, Esq.

415 Congress Street
Suite 202
Portland, ME, 04101


MONot authorized to practice-Administrative199608/15/2012
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Unsung HeroMaine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Offce of Robert J. Ruffner2001 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyCumberland County District Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Assistant Circuit AttorneyOffice Of The St. Louis Circut Attorney1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maine Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - Present
Maine State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stave v. Vinson MangosConviction overturned
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Publication nameTitleDate
Maine Bar JournalIntroduction to Discovery and Criminal Law: Getting What You Need to Defend Your Client in Maine State Court2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Clark UniversityN/AN/A1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCILS Minimum Standards Training for Criminal LawIntroduction to Bail2011