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Ruth Mi-Kyung Chung

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   41 reviews

also known as Ruth, Chung

  • Licensed for 6 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Ruth

Learn Ruth’s areas of practice.

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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Location

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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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2024
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Compassionate
I hired Ruth Chung for a very difficult case, and I'm so happy I did.
Posted by GD | February 14, 2024
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Highly Recommend
When I  first came to Ruth, she was very transparent about reopening a twenty year old divorce case. When opposing counsel tried to prolong proceedings, she thwarted their efforts. Her perseverance and keen attention to detail allowed me to walk away with more than I imagined. To have someone like her in your corner is truly amazing. She has given me the ability to start anew.
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Posted by Kate | January 23, 2024
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Ruth is great!
I highly recommend Ruth - she is calm, cool, and collected; all very important things when you're going through a divorce. She kept me sane and guided me towards remaining calm and avoiding drama. She was a great advocate, and I'm very happy to have had her in my corner!
Posted by Shirda | November 1, 2023
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Awesome Advocate!
When I contacted Ruth the first time, I was not even sure I was strong enough to go through my divorce. A colleague had referred her to me. I was drowning in guilt and felt so bad to end my 25 years of marriage. Ruth was so compassionate, and honest about my situation. She pointed out it was valid to vouch for myself. She gave me the feeling she was my ardent supporter. Through the process Ruth communicated my rights and guided me what I needed to do. She worked closely with me to draft an agreement that was right for me and my teenage-aged child. It took a while for my uncontested divorce to come through, but it had nothing to do with Ruth. If it was not for her the courts would still wait to validate my divorce. Finally, I am liberated and can move on! Thank you for your professional service!
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Posted by Louis | July 9, 2023
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When you need someone in your corner
Ruth was referred by a trusted friend. She made me feel like what I was asking for was reasonable and she was straightforward and honest about what my options were. When people are hurting, it's important to have someone like Ruth who can show you a path forward and explain why certain things happen. The moment Ruth stepped in, the attitude of the court and opposing counsel changed for the better. I would recommend Ruth without hesitation. Thank you, Ruth.
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Posted by Stan | June 23, 2023
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The Best
When I first met, Ruth Chung, I was in an extremely stressful divorce situation; but once I engaged her and consulted with her, I felt a great sense of relief. I knew immediately I found the right person to represent me. And after just one court appearance, I realize just how formidable and outstanding a matrimonial attorney, Ruth was. She followed through on everything she proposed, while always keeping in touch with me constantly. She was always supportive and consistently made me aware of my options yet always stressed that the final decision is mine to make. Ruth thoroughly delved into the facts, and she also demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of the state matrimonial law. In conclusion, I felt that the settlement we arrived at was fear and best protected my interest within the current state laws. In summary, she is an outstanding attorney who also possesses a supportive and empathetic character.
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Posted by Robert | April 11, 2023
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Excellent communication and skilled attorney.
Ms. Chung was instrumental in helping me come to decisions at critical points in my case with our consultations. Her experience with family law was evident. She was direct, concise and articulate. All qualities I appreciated greatly.
Posted by Feargal | April 6, 2023
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A Formidable Opponent
I was referred to Ruth Chung by another lawyer, who described her as a ‘formidable opponent’. I was embroiled in a case over custody and visitation which, as a parent was very emotionally taxing. I felt greatly relieved as soon as I began to work with Ruth, and I knew I had found the right ally to guide me through this process and fight my corner. I was under such financial strain at the time that I had even considered trying to represent myself, but I was so glad that I did the right thing by working with Ruth. She was instrumental in guiding the process towards an early settlement without having to go to trial, and thus avoiding lengthy and costly proceedings. I would highly recommend Ruth Chung to any parent who is experiencing similar issues.
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Posted by Hattie | January 9, 2023
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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| 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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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (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

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Joseph v. Granderson (Second Dept. 2024)(2024 N.Y. Slip Op. 01921)(Apr 10, 2024)

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

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice award 2019
  • AVVO
  • 2019
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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 (9)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ruth's strong reputation as a legal advocate and person precedes her. Before meeting Ruth personally, I had learned that she is highly respected in the legal community. I had been planning to launch my law firm and other lawyers insisted that to better run my firm I should get to know Ruth. Within minutes of meeting Ruth, I started to understand why she is so esteemed. Ruth doesn't just have legal smarts, she is a highly charismatic, emotionally intelligent, analytical, and exhibits remarkable self-awareness and thoughtfulness. Ruth can read and work a room (indeed, I met her at an event full of people, each with interesting personal and professional backgrounds and accomplishments, and it was Ruth who had brought us all together). In a very short span of time, Ruth has provided me with insights that have enhanced the level at which I'm operating and positioned me for greater success as a lawyer. If I needed a divorce and separation lawyer, Ruth would be at the top of my list."
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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