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Ruth Mi-Kyung Chung

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   33 reviews

also known as Ruth, Chung


Licensed for 5 years

About Ruth

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RUTH IS THE FOUNDER OF THE LAW OFFICE OF RUTH CHUNG, AND EXCLUSIVELY PRACTICES MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY LAW IN NEW YORK CITY.

Ruth is the Founder of The Law Office of Ruth Chung, and exclusively practices Matrimonial and Family Law in New York City.

Education is paramount in making the right decisions and Ruth ensures that clients fully understand each step of the matter. Each client is guided to a resolution with a solution oriented approach, using tools of litigation only when necessary.

Ruth believes that the foundation of an attorney client relationship is communication, and makes certain that each client is heard regularly.
Prior to starting the firm, Ruth was an attorney with the Court Square Law Project (CSLP), a sliding scale non-profit firm dedicated to serving New Yorkers of moderate means. While there, she appeared in Supreme and Family Courts in all five New York City boroughs.

Ruth has prior experience with a boutique matrimonial firm in Manhattan, The Legal Aid Society - Juvenile Rights Practice, Brooklyn Family Defense Practice, Lawyers for Children, and in the Access to Justice program - Consumer Debt and Uncontested Divorce division.

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Licensed for 5 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2017
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Law Office of Ruth Chung, Esq.
225 Broadway
Suite 2900
New York, NY, 10007
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Law Office of Ruth Chung, Esq.
2 Court Sq Fl 6, Suite CLW
Long Island City, NY, 11101-4356
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Posted by Hattie | January 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My saving grace in a time of triumph
When I went to seek legal representation for my case I did not know I was going to meet a true defender. When Ruth opened her own firm, I kindly went with her because I trusted Ruth wholeheartedly. Ruth did not just represent me for a fee but she saw the human within me and represented my best interest, even when my judgment was clouded by pain and anger. I never had to say anything in court because she truly fought my battles and made sure I came out on top. I knew the work she put into my case was about me and my future as opposed to her ego as an attorney and wanted to prove what she could do for self. Ruth allowed me to show all of my emotions and never judged me for it but took all of those emotions and brought it to court to ensure I felt safe that all would be well. I trusted the services because I trusted Ruth and her legal advice. I was more than pleased with my outcome and even more with the services. I thank God, I had Ruth on my team for my entire process.
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Posted by Esther | October 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend; Ruth made order out of a chaotic time
I was the most emotionally fragile I've ever been when I called Ruth. Uncertain about everything, and I'm sure I sounded uncertain even about leaving my marriage. Ruth was a rock. She hit that magic balance of confident, reassuring, compassionate + sensitive, tough, smart, and a powerhouse. Within the first few minutes of the consultation, I felt: Yes, this is a person I want to advocate for me. Two years later my case is filed, and I got everything I asked for: equal share of assets without having to go to court, and patience from my lawyer on my slow time table. Ruth was always quick to respond to my messages and never hurried me. She emphasized cooperation and fairness. When I was too distraught to understand particular minutiae of the settlement, I knew I could trust her to do right by me. She was a column of strength and sanity I desperately needed after being so disillusioned in my marriage that I wasn't sure what fair was anymore. In short, I felt safe. And on top of it, Ruth's rates were very reasonable. At a time when I was super insecure about money and that I've never paid for a lawyer before, it became clear to me fast that hiring her was paying for itself. On a (more) personal note, I value that Ruth is POC and a native NYer (I think). She was sensitive and understanding of my own cultural dynamics, as an immigrant who grew up in NYC. I highly recommend Ruth to anyone beginning the process, or thinking about it—and to anyone who's feeling distressed that a fair divorce is impossible. It's possible, and Ruth is about to make your life a lot easier and kinder. I'm very grateful.
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Posted by Marco | September 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Transparent, compassionate, no-nonsense, straight up.
I had two consultations with Ruth. During the first one, I was immediately at ease because she cut through my misunderstandings about my case, and my lack of knowledge about the law, and in a calm and clear manner pointed out the two or three specific challenges I was facing in family court, taking the time to educate me on both the process and the law specific to my case. Then she laid out for me the two or three potential scenarios where my case might lead into, offering sound advice on which path to follow. I was particularly pleased to hear her recommend a course of action that would mean me not hiring her to represent me. I felt I was working with someone not interested in exploiting my vulnerabilities to her advantage but instead clearly made me see how the law and the case shaped my potential courses of action. By the second consultation, my case had become more difficult as I now had an order of protection protecting my child and a pending custody petition. And I was heading to my first hearing representing myself and my child in family court. I had ten points in my list of complaints about my spouse to present to the court, and Ruth very efficiently showed me how focusing on just two would be more effective to drive my point across. In a matter of minutes, she gave me clear advice on how to come up with a small set of bullet points to use in court, how to conduct myself in court, which was really key, what to expect from opposing counsel, and what to ask for. I ended up getting three important asks from the judge. Ruth prepared me really well. From my first intake phone call, Ruth was compassionate, transparent, upfront and honest, with a no-nonsense style that built immediate trust. She was knowledgeable and patient, and went out of her way to educate me and coach me on the minutiae of my specific case. I highly recommend Ruth without any reservation. You will be in good hands.
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Posted by Lea | July 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Free at last!
Working with Ruth was a breeze to bring closure to my 16+ years of marriage. She managed my expectations by being upfront with her recommendations from the very beginning, clear about potential challenges that could come up and ways to approach those situations. She was very effective in negotiating the terms of my divorce and communicated the updates in a timely manner. Her fees were also reasonable and she worked so efficiently, which gave me confidence that I wasn't being taken advantage of. Divorce is a very emotional life event. I had consulted with other lawyers before receiving the recommendation to see Ruth and although I knew I had to overcome my feelings to make the process go smoothly, other lawyers I consulted with made me feel that the divorce was my fault and that it was because of my decisions that I had to pay the consequences. Ruth made me feel that I had an advocate in her, answered my questions succinctly without making me feel like either the aggressor or the victim. I would highly recommend Ruth if you're looking for a no-nonsense lawyer and an excellent advocate for your case.
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Posted by Diana | June 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver
Ruth is so compassionate but very goal focused. She helped me feel more comfortable and had no problem explaining things—some a few times. Explained processes and advised me as much as I needed. If I ever need an attorney again (I hope not), she is the only option for me.
Posted by Fabiana | February 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Quality Attorney And Highly Recommended
Ruth is an excellent attorney who goes above and beyond for her clients. She has provided me with clear and practical legal advice. She is knowledgeable, dedicated, organized, and responds in a timely matter.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The very best!
Ms. Chung is an extremely professional, thoughtful and respectful at the whole process of the case for divorce and child custody. Her knowledge of the law and legal proceedings provided me with a true sense of confidence during this difficult time. I'm more than happy to have her on my side.
Posted by Foster | November 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Caring Attorney
Ruth has been tops sticking with me through some hard times and doing her best always you will never get less from her. She makes great arguments in court and won't treat you like another just anyone very personable. Thank Ruth.
Posted by Stephanie | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Ruth is a very knowledgeable attorney. She was very helpful throughout my entire divorce process and knew exactly what to do. She made the process very easy and I greatly appreciate her help and advice. I recommend Ruth very highly!
Posted by sharon Wiggins | April 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Divorce matter
when i referred to Ruth Chung by my previous lawyer .Ms chung didn't waste anytime contacting me too set up an consultation. She made feel very comfortable in answering and directing me in a very positive way to my situation. Very satisfied customer thumbs up
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
INTELLIGENT & COMPASSIONATE
AFTER BEING IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP FOR YEARS I FINALLY GOT THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO BEGIN THE DIVORCE PROCESS. MS. CHUNG WAS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY A SUPPORT GROUP. DURING OUR INITIAL CONSULTATION SHE PATIENTLY LISTENED AND ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS. MS. CHUNG GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO MOVE FORARD IN THE LITIGATION PROCESS WHEN I FELT HOPELESS. I WILL DEFINITELY BE HIRING MS. CHUNG.
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Posted by Chris | February 25, 2021
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Excellent Representation (pre-nup)
From start to finish, Ruth was excellent counsel for my prenuptial agreement. My partner's lawyer drafted a very lengthy and complicated agreement, and Ruth's analysis was detailed, actionable, and clear. Ruth was great in the back-forth revisions, even when the other counsel was sloppy in the editing/adoption process. Excellent communication, work-flow, and end-product. Based on my experience, I would recommend Ruth for any legal services on offer.
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Posted by Brendan | February 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, Diligent and Determined
I hired Ruth as my divorce attorney in 2019. It was an uncontested divorce, but with two children involved, there was still a number of important issues to maneuver. Through it all Ruth was on top of everything. She is dilligent, knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated to serving her client to the best of her abilities. Ruth is a great communicator - she always made sure to inform me of me of my rights and what I was entitled to and she worked closely with me to craft a custody agreement that I was comfortable with. Throughout my case, Ruth always kept me informed of what was going on. In terms of billing, everything was always very clear and to the point. Ruth really cares about providing high quality work at a fair price. Going through a divorce is terrible, but for me, knowing Ruth had my back, it was so much smoother than it could have been. I feel so fortunate that I found Ruth to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Ruth is Amazing!
I wrote three different versions of this review and have decided to keep it simple. Ruth was referred to me by an attorney I contacted who was not exactly right for me and who had been opposing counsel in another case(I have always heard this is a good way to find a lawyer). In short Ruth guided me through the most difficult time of my life with incredible intellect, confidence and creativity. I went through a very ugly custody case in the middle of the COVID pandemic. Our original date was one of the first cancelled at the beginning of the shutdown and it was almost 7 months later that we got into an actual Family Court situation where anything was possible(Skype for Business of course). I could write a book about our experience with the courts and in general but Ruth was calm and collected every step of the way and presented every option at every twist and turn in what was clearly unprecedented territory. I can only imagine how great she would be under normal circumstances. If there were six stars she would get them and more. Thanks again Ruth!
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Posted by MM | December 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful in a dark time
Ms. Chung was incredibly helpful to me in a dark time of my life. I think what I appreciated most was that she was straight forward with me and really tried to help me see past the litigation. Not the typical money focused attorney and as a result, I was able to get out of court without too much damage. Reasonable rates, high quality service, and the reality check that is often needed in these situations.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent divorce consultation
I had a consultation with Ruth as I am about to get divorced. As you can imagine, it's an emotionally turbulent time that feels scary and unsettling. Ruth was kind and understanding, and her strategy orientation helped me feel empowered and informed about what to expect going forward. I feel much more confident about what the future holds, and what options I have available to me. I have Ruth to thank for this.
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Posted by Joseph | August 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Lawyer!
It is with great privilege and veneration that I must recommend Ms. Chung’s superlative services as she has clearly tended towards my case efficiently and without drama. Ms. Chung is one of the most extraordinary attorneys that I have ever engaged with and after decades of working with countless attorneys, I’ve had yet to encounter such an adept and profound business woman. When working with Ms. Chung it is always a pleasure to converse, as her polite yet methodical mannerisms provide a hospitable experience in which I am comfortable sharing and learning about case details. In addition towards Ms.Chung’s judicious character, she not only was proficient in her ability to clearly understand the complexities of my divorce case but was also prompt in responding to all my calls which all served towards understanding my complicated divorce. With the majority of attorneys taking advantage of inexperienced clients, Ms. Chung clearly demonstrated a genuine interest in promoting divorce proceedings in as efficient manner as possible with an eye to save me unnecessary expenses. At such a young age, such finesse and competency reveals the true depth of character that Ms. Chung embodies, which is definitely worth noting when choosing an attorney when going through a turbulent and stressful phase of life.
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Posted by Jo Ann | August 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, Informative, & Meticulous
Ms. Chung provided extremely helpful advice with a difficult divorce issue. When I presented my issue to her, she provided useful and informative information that led to the direct resolution of the matter.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly thorough and responsive!
Attorney Chung is not only knowledgeable, but incredibly responsive and made sure to answer all questions that I had. After I had an unsatisfactory experience with a different attorney, it was a relief to connect with Attorney Chung. I would (and will) recommend Attorney Chung to anyone seeking an attorney for a family law matter.
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Posted by Damon | October 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely helpful to single father
I contacted Ruth in late May regarding a custody petition filed by the mother of my 3 year old son. The court proceedings had already begun, I was not in a position to defend myself, losing ground and contacted Ruth at that point. Ruth met me, listened to my situation (I talked for almost 90 min), was willing to take my case, and work on a sliding scale to help accommodate my finances. Having Ruth represent me completely changed the situation. Prior to her I was looking at having a custody settlement that I felt was completely unfair dictated to me. With Ruth’s representation we were able to sign a joint custody settlement that we put forth in three months time. I couldn’t (fairly) ask for more than what we got in settlement and for that I’m very grateful her work.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney Fellow
  • Court Square Law Project
  • 2016 - 2018

Education

  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • MA - Masters in Forensic Psychology
  • N/A
  • City University of New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member - Family Law Section
  • 2020 - Present
  • The New York City Bar Association Children and the Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • Member- Solo and Small Firm Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • The New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • NYC Bar Association Professional Responsibility committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice award 2019
  • AVVO
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Bootcamp 2020: Basic Training for Lawyers
  • Job Search: Finding your first job in uncertain times
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Ruth Chung, if you're looking for a smart, tough, yet practical divorce attorney. I refer my own clients to her because I know they will treated well. Ruth is results-oriented; she works on getting the maximum without unnecessary and costly litigation--unless it is really needed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ruth on several matters, and have been floored by her keen intelligence, her diligence, and her amazing work ethic. I endorse Ruth wholeheartedly and fully!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ruth is an intelligent and highly competent attorney/litigator with excellent instincts. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ruth Chung is an amazing attorney. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate for her clients, and she goes above and beyond to provide competent representation to each client. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ruth is an extremely knowledgeable attorney in her area of practice. She is passionate about her work and genuinely cares about her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ruth is a real asset in family law. As a former colleague I would often look to Ruth for guidance on how to proceed on a matter. She is diligent in her work and a strong advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ruthie is a phenom in the courtroom, but more importantly, she knows how to work with her clients to achieve their goals. I recommend her to anyone going through a rough patch."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ruth is a phenomenal advocate and works tirelessly to fight for her clients."
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