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Sarah Lynn Ruffi

Business Attorney at Wausau, WI

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1996
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Sarah

Learn Sarah’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Assist businessowners with all aspects of starting, managing, transferring, and closing a business, including contracts, collections, succession planning, etc.

    28 years

  2. Litigation
    Represent individuals and businesses in commercial disputes relating to contracts, real estate and employment issues.

    28 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Protect clients by negotiating and drafting contracts that are clear, concise and understandable.

    28 years

  4. Landlord or tenant
    Assist clients by drafting clear and enforceable rental documents, efficiently removing non-paying tenants, pursuing collection of damages from former tenants, and guiding landlords among the pitfalls of Wisconsin's landlord-tenant laws.

    28 years


Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.
627 Jackson St
Wausau, WI, 54403-5501


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Lydia | September 8, 2014
An excellent lawyer!
I am a former client of Sarah Ruffi. I was very pleased with her representation of my business. She is personable, knowledgeable and to the point. Would definitely refer her to a friend!
Posted by Sherry | May 22, 2013
Landlord/Tenant Agreement Dispute
Sarah was an incredible Attorney that settled our case in the most efficient and timely manner. We would recommend Sarah as an Attorney that puts her clients best interests first and foremost. She was very prompt with looking into our case and getting everything settled as quickly as possibly. Sarah was recommended to us by a friend, and, was the best recommendation we could have ever received. We are very grateful!
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Posted by Rod | August 9, 2012
Very Positive Experience
Besides being extremely knowledgeable, Sarah was very professional, unassuming and understanding. Conversations with Sarah always ended with a calming effect, a sense of direction and the perception that the situation was under control. Overall, I was very pleased with the point blank, non-emotional, fact driven and timely responses that I received from Sarah. She made what we thought was a mess into a very understandable, beneficial and controlled transaction.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2012
realestate transaction
I found Sarah to be very helpful and knowledgeable. She has proven to be a huge assest in this realestate transaction and I will not hesitate to utilize her services again. I would highly recommend consulting her on any realestate transaction. She was very personable and listened to my concerns and I feel provided me with good advice.
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Posted by Randy | June 28, 2012
Expert Legal Counsel
Sarah and her legal team at Ruffi Law provide legal counsel for our firm on a variety of business issues including; contracting, human resources, and ownership structure. We are very pleased with Sarah's common sense approach and professional response to our legal needs. I recommend Sarah and Ruffi Law legal team.
Posted by Jodi | June 28, 2012
Ruffi Law Offices
Great follow thru! We have worked with Sarah on real estate closings, tenant evictions and property transfers. A+
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Upper Iowa University
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Shareholder
  • Tuchscherer, Eckert, Ruffi & Wagman, S.C.
  • 1996 - 2004
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Merrill Equipment Company
  • 1990 - 1996
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  • Marquette University Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1996
  • University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • MBA
  • 1993
  • Marquette University
  • B.S.
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ghidorzi v. Pergande
  • Court of Appeals affirmed. Landlord's retention of check constituted acceptance under theory of accord and satisfaction
  • Schorsch v. Blader
  • The Court of Appeals vacated the damage award, but affirmed the balance of the case including the award of attorney fees and costs of litigation.


  • YWCA
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Wausau Area Professional Women
  • 2011 - Present
  • Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wausau Area Builders Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Wausau West Side Business Association
  • Board of Directors (2005-2009); President (2008-2009)
  • 2004 - Present
  • Wausau Area Apartment Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Kiwanis Club of Wausau
  • Board of Directors (1997-2002); President (2002-2003)
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 1996 - Present
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Secretary (2000-2004)
  • 1996 - Present
  • Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 1996 - Present
  • Wisconsin Valley Traffic Club, Inc.
  • Board of Directors (1999-Present)
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Intellectual Property Section
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Small Firm Section
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1997 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for Business Law
  • Upper Iowa University
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Hiring with Confidence
  • 2013
  • Small Claims & You. What Creditors Should Know about Small Claims Court
  • Creditors Rights
  • 2012
  • Changes to Landlord Laws
  • Wisconsin Act 134
  • 2012
  • Business Legal 101
  • Basic Legal Principles for New Business Owners
  • 2012
  • Bankruptcy Basics for Business
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2012
  • Bankruptcy Basics for Bankers
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2012
  • Tips to Improve Your Profitability By Slashing Your Receivables
  • Boost Your Bottomline!
  • 2011
  • Tips to Improve Your Profitability
  • Business Collections
  • 2011
  • Tips for Lenders to Make Sure You're Protected
  • Are We Secured?
  • 2011
  • Tips for Lenders to Make Sure You're Protected
  • Lender Rights
  • 2011
  • Tips for Landlords to Level the Playing Field
  • Landlord Rights
  • 2011
  • Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Rainmaking on a Shoestring Budget
  • 2011
  • Overview of Pitfalls from New Foreclosure Protection Laws
  • Changes to Foreclosure Actions
  • 2011
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Landlord-Tenant Basics
  • 2011
  • An Overview of the Pitfalls from the New Foreclosure Protection Laws
  • Lenders Beware!
  • 2011
  • Although the laws are designed to protect tenants, landlords can win too
  • Landlord Update
  • 2011
  • Monthly meeting
  • Collection Basics: From Start to Finish
  • 2010
  • Employee Presentation
  • You Can Be a Busy Professional & Still Have a Life!
  • 2010
  • Association Meeting
  • Copyright Law and the Internet
  • 2010
  • You Can Practice Law & Still Have A Life
  • Work-Life Balance
  • 2009
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • 2009
  • Life Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Basics of a Trust: Do I need one?
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Basics of a Simple Will
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Sarah
Litigation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been adverse counsel to Sarah on more than one occasion and find her to be competent, professional, and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sarah represented an opposing party in a litigation matter, and I was pleased that she was there. Having a lawyer who is professional, knowledgeable, and perhaps most importantly, easy to work with, makes litigation much easier for everyone involved. ."
General practice Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had several cases with Attorney Sarah Ruffi over the last 10 years. In my opinion, she does an excellent job representing her client's interest. Most importantly, she gets to know her clients and fully understands their cares and concerns. I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Ruffi! John Shull"
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is one of those rare attorneys that is both extremely personable and extremely competent. You will always want to be on her side...your opponent will be shown "no mercy". Her staff is also a major asset. Having worked in the same community and having been friends with Sarah for over 15 years I am very proud to recommend her services. Whether you have landlord/tenant, banking, real estate or other business issues, Sarah Ruffi, can be trusted with your matter!!"