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Andrea Ruege

Family Attorney at Chesapeake, VA

5.0   20 reviews

About Andrea

Learn Andrea’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    25%

  2. General practice
    25%

  3. Employment and labor
    20%
    I assist clients with the wide variety of issues that arise in the modern workplace. From Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) hearings to employment discrimination, I work tirelessly for my clients.

  4. Civil rights
    10%

  5. Discrimination
    10%

  6. Litigation
    10%

Although originally from Long Island, I grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia.  After attending the University of Virginia and the Charleston School of Law, I was happy to return to the Tidewater area to begin my legal career.  I love the work that I do as an associate at Foley & Foley, P.C.  From employment work to family law, I find deep satisfaction in working closely with individuals to successfully resolve their legal issues.  

 

Community outreach is exceptionally important to me.  I am a member of the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association and serve on the Bench Bar Committee.  In addition, I am actively involved with the Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management and am on the board of the Ghent Dog Park Association.  

 

I live in the Ghent section of Norfolk, Virginia with my rescue dog, Margo.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and practicing yoga.  A true beach girl at heart, I can frequently be found at the beach or enjoying one of the many excellent restaurants in Norfolk.  I'm an avid sports fan and concert-goer and have a passion for travel - I'm always planning my next adventure. 

Licensed for 9 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2013
Updated 10/01/2022

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

Contact Andrea

Office of the Chesapeake City Attorney
306 Albemarle Drive
Chesapeake, VA, 23322

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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Focused with energy!
I trust Miss Ruege very much! She worked hard for me and my group when we felt wronged, and fought to correct the employer's error. Well done. Success!
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer!
Andrea was super easy to talk with. She listened to my issues and advised me accordingly. She went to bat for me and intimately got a settlement in my favor against all odds. I highly recommend her services. Hopefully I’ll never need her services again, but if I do I won’t hesitate to call her.
Posted by Janet | April 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Benefits re-enstated
I was wrongly dropped from my benefits through my company. I met with Andrea for a consultation with a direct plan of action made. She was promt with replying and In the end my work re-enstated my benefits. Thank you Andrea.
Posted by Jo | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior service!
Andrea was most empathetic to my situation and could not have been more supportive. She explained technical issues to me in a manner that was easy to understand. She was extremely responsive to my questions and concerns. I would hire her again and I highly recommend her services to others.
Posted by Kristen | October 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Andrea goes above and beyond!
I highly recommend Andrea for all your attorney needs! I had a consultation with Andrea! She was professional, listened to my case and even took the time to speak with my mom who is out of state via phone about my case and the next steps. I did not hire Andrea as my case was resolved with an email (that she included as part of her consultation). She goes above and beyond for her clients and went above and beyond for me and my case. You will want her as your attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2017
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wrongfull termanation
Andrea Ruege was very helpfull. She was very underestanding and always kept me posted on any updates with my case. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Michael | March 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart and thorough
I would highly recommend Andrea Ruege for anyone seeking an employment attorney. I was wrongfully terminated and was having great trouble collecting unemployment. Andrea met with me and discussed my options. She did not try to sell me on anything and was very open about costs and the realities of my particular case. When we went to appeal, she had clearly given my case a great deal of thought and consideration. This was apparent when she briefed me before the hearing as she cited chapter and verse of precedent. Finally when we were in the hearing she presented herself well, cross-examined well, and had clearly done her homework. Clearly her approach was excellent and well considered as we won our appeal. I look forward to working with her in the future as we move forward.
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Posted by Butch | February 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
Andrea was extremely helpful in my non-compete case with my former employer. She guided me through this painful journey with the highest professionalism and knowledge of law that made me feel comfortable with the process. With her help we were able to resolve this issue. I would highly recommend Andrea to anyone with the up most confidence!
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Posted by Abigail | January 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding experience
I had the pleasure of working with Andrea and have nothing but positive things to say about my experience. I was kept informed about what was happening daily. All my options were clearly presented at our first consultation and from that point on knew I was in good hands. She was able to resolve my issue in just a few short weeks which was greatly appreciated as it was a stressful time. The entire staff was professional, efficient and friendly in each interaction. I highly recommend Andrea and the Bertelli firm to anyone with an employment issue that needs resolving.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2016
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Excellent counsel
Andrea provided specific counsel that helped manage expectations, helped structure proper communications, and assisted just by knowing I had someone at my back who believed in me and my situation. She let me know what was actionable, and what was not. It was good to know my options, and ultimately, make my decision based on her expertise.
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Posted by Holly | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Non-compete / NDA Employment Agreement
Andrea was very responsive throughout the process and kept me informed as she negotiated edits to my employment agreement with attorneys affiliated with my new employer. She is fair and thoughtful and presented helpful ideas during the process. I appreciate her responsiveness and would highly recommend her.
Posted by Marlana | August 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful for Andrea
She was amazing and always replied to all my emails. Andrea never made me feel like I was just another client, she was wonderful ato explaining everything. She told me everything step by step so there were no surprises and I will give her name to anyone in the future that needs her assistance.
Posted by Staci | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service and Superior Support
Seeking the advice and aid of a lawyer typical means it isn't the best times of people's lives. That's exactly where I found myself when I met Andrea face-to-face. She reviewed my case and gave me professional feedback and hope that there was a way out of situation with a desirable outcome. She was extremely professional, always quick to respond to my questions or concerns, and ultimately, help me settle my case. I have already referred her to many more people.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Took the time t go over everything
I was going to appeal an unemployment denial against my former employer and wanted to get legal help and set up an appointment with Andrea. Since this was all unfamiliar to me she took the time to go over what I should expect and even scheduled a "practice" hearing to make sure I prepared. This was a classic individual vs the big company and with her assistance I was victorious! I hope to never have to need to file a claim again but if I do I will not hesitate contacting Andrea for representation again. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super responsive and helpful
Andrea helped me with an employment law matter and was incredibly responsive in a time-sensitive situation. Her advice helped me get the outcome I desired with regard to equity that was to vest as I was departing a position. The follow up, service and teamwork of Andrea and the firm was outstanding.
Posted by anonymous | February 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Support
Andrea was very professional and helpful with my case. She was always quick to respond, as well as answer any questions I had. Not only was she very attentive and knowledgeable, she also showed great care and understanding. I am so glad she was there to help me out. I could not have done it without her.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Ms. Ruege was wonderful.
Ms. Ruege paid careful attention to my work issue, suggested a course of action, sent a demand letter suggesting positive outcomes in exchange for the cooperation of my employer, and the following week, my employer notified me that the outcome I had requested, which they had denied, would now be granted. Ms. Ruege was efficient, supportive, and accessible in handling my matter. I highly recommend her, as I am very please with my outcome.
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Posted by M.D. | November 18, 2015
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Discrimination case
After my initial consultation with Andrea Ruege and for the first time (after over a year being represented by another attorney), I felt like someone really cared about what I've been through. Andrea was genuine and honest about what to expect and what she can do to help make right the wrong that happened to me. She even read my case file before my initial consultation - to me that spoke volumes of the kind of attorney she is. She is quick to respond and has worked very hard on my case. Andrea Ruege is an exceptional attorney who truly cares. I only wish I had gone to Bertini Law over a year ago. And I can't thank her enough for what she's done for me so far and all that she is continuing to do for me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2015
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Unemployment Benefits Hearing
Ms. Ruege was not only professional but compassionate and supportive in my case. She was honest in her expectations and well prepared for my employment hearing. She also took the time to prepare me before the hearing. I would highly recommend her!
Posted by Chelsea | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
She's A Keeper!
After being wrongfully terminated, I worked with Andrea Ruege and am so thankful I met her! Andrea helped me navigate the EEOC process & Unemployment appeals. She is professional, friendly and incredibly intelligent. Throughout the process, Andrea kept me informed of what to expect at each step. She was always quick to answer my calls & emails and always shot me straight about my situation. There were no surprises - Andrea always gave me a realistic understanding of what I was facing. She made sure I was fully prepared before our EEOC Mediation so that I felt completely confident in my testimony. The whole process could have been very stressful and upsetting but Andrea had a way of minimizing those feelings. She treated me like I was a longtime friend or family member. I knew that I was her top priority & she was doing anything and everything she could to get a positive outcome. Andrea is well versed in the law, well spoken & overall a nice person. I enjoyed working with her and enjoyed it even more when I got an exceptional outcome to my case. I highly recommend Andrea Ruege to anyone in need of an attorney. You will not be disappointed.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City of Chesapeake City Attorney's Office
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate attorney
  • Foley & Foley, P.C.
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Bertini Law, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2018

Education

  • Charleston School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Scherrer et al v. City of Virginia Beach

Associations

  • Ghent Dog Park Association
  • Secretary
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hampton Roads Society for Human Resources Management
  • Director of Legal Affairs
  • 2016 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • UVa Club of Tidewater
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division
  • Chair
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Employment Conference
  • Employment Law Update
  • 2017
  • Demystifying Federal Court for Younger Lawyers
  • Federal Courts
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Litigation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is unfailingly courteous and professional in all of her dealings. She has an excellent reputation in the community as an attorney who gets results for her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse Andrea and look forward to working with her again in the future."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrea as a highly qualified and experienced attorney who regularly exceeds her clients' expectations. I certainly trust sending my clients to her for assistance with employment and labor matters."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is thorough, diligent, and hard-working in all that she does. Her intelligence and dedicated involvement in the legal community make her a strong advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrea. I regularly refer clients to her firm because I know they will be well taken care of and enjoy being part of an environment where they are valued. She is also actively involved in the community and local bar organization activities. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Other
"Andrea is excellent! She is honest and dedicated to her work and her clients! Very highly recommend!"
Discrimination Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ruege is an outstanding attorney in the community. She shows the highest levels of professionalism in all cases she represents. I endorse her without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Working with Andrea side by side and day by day, I have grown to know her personally and professionally. Andrea wants her end product to be the best. She is second to none. Her dedication to her clients and the courts speak well of her work ethic. I am honored to work with her and look forward to many more trials to come!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is a fantastic client-oriented attorney. She is a zealous advocate with a great "bedside manner." She will aggressively pursue her clients' best possible outcomes while ensuring that her clients are informed and involved in the process."
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Chesapeake Family Lawyer Andrea Ruege
Andrea Ruege
Family Attorney
Chesapeake, VA
Licensed for 9 years