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Steven Michael Ruffalo

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   6 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I have litigated and tried many cases in federal and state courtrooms in the tri-state region of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana for the past 24 years including contested estates, business disputes, zoning, employee covenants, fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duties often within a B to B setting.

    34 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    Serving as corporate counsel to many closely held and mid-sized businesses. Assisting businesses and their owners with estate and succession planning, asset protection, commercial real estate and their corporate transactional needs. Emphasis is always on keeping clients out of the court room, if possible, and if not then on developing a winning (case management) strategy.

    34 years, 500 cases

  3. Business
    Consulting with business owners before a contemplated agreement is made in order to sensibly structure and advise start ups and counsel established businesses. Enhanced focus on asset protection, succession planning and documenting well thought out agreements which include terms mandating alternative means of dispute resolution (such as binding mediation) giving businesses a confidential, affordable and more predictable means of resolving disputed issues, without litigation.

    34 years, 500 cases


Since 1999, Mr. Ruffalo has consistently maintained the highest “AV” rating (very high to preeminent) among his peers for legal ability, professional reliability, diligence and ethics, maintains a “Superb-10” AVVO ranking and since 2015 has been consistently selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer among the Nation’s Top Lawyers. Mr. Ruffalo has served as special counsel to the College of DuPage 2009-2015, as the Ethics Officer for the Village of Glen Ellyn (2014-2018) and has served as General Counsel to the DuPage County Bar Association and Assistant Village Attorney for the Village of Hinsdale.  Mr. Ruffalo served as President of the DuPage County Bar Association (2010-2011) and went on to Chair the Judiciary Committee and serve as President of its Foundation (2011-12).  Steven is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Federal Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. Ruffalo was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association in 2010 and served on the Board of Directors for the College of DuPage Foundation (2010-2015) where he chaired the Bylaws Committee and the Planned Giving Committee. Mr. Ruffalo has recently served as the on the Board for ANIMA – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and currentlyh serveson the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee.

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Licensed for 33 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/05/2023

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

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Steven Ruffalo


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Patricia | January 20, 2012
Assessment of Attorney Steven Ruffalo
Steve Ruffalo is one of the best lawyers I have ever seen. He is knowledgeable, honest and full of integrity and can relate to most people regardless of their background. He is down to earth but is extremely aware of the law as it relates to the particular issues in your case. Always kept the parties involved in the case informed.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 26, 2022
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Personal litigation
M. Ruffalo was very helpful and patient as he explained the possibilities and steps taken for my case. He successfully deterred the opposing side from litigation, and they dropped their demands. Everything was handled very efficiently.
Posted by Greg | November 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Tenacious and Thorough
Steve makes me feel like my case like its the only one he has. He always keeps me informed as the case progresses. I feel like he has no fear when it comes to my representation. He listens to my concerns and incorporates them into getting the best results.
Posted by Dan | May 22, 2018
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Mr Ruffalo is very professional....
Mr. Ruffalo is very professional, my dealings with him have always been positive and his help with my legal issues went above and beyond my expectations. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a sharp attorney that knows how to get the job done.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2018
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Sales executive
Steve is a consummate professional and a very trusted advisor. He seeks to truly understand his client’s needs and perspectives, and works hard to meet their objectives. Steve is fair, objective, and non-judgmental, and can be relied upon to arrive at a strong outcome.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2016
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Truly a Lawyer's Lawyer!
I've been on Avvo for 3 years, and gotten advice from dozens of lawyers, but this is the first time I was compelled to write a review! Wow!!! Steven Ruffalo is as brilliant as they come! I am involved in a case where I am suing a heating contractor and his LLC for shoddy workmanship, and causing my basement to flood. Well, being shielded by his LLC, and other complicating factors, I didn't quite know how to proceed. Mr. Ruffalo not only provided me with invaluable information and resources, he named other money damages I would be entitled to as well! Because I was concerned about legal costs, he constructed a cost efficient way he could proceed with the case. Mr Ruffalo seems to be a lawyer's lawyer; like he could be at any Ivy league school teaching law. I am a tough grader who rarely gives A's. Mr. Ruffalo gets an A+!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-600 per hour
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Fuchs & Roselli, Ltd.
  • 1990 - Present


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • 1988
  • Rosary College of Arts and Sciences
  • M.B.A
  • 1988
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Maxit, Inc. v. Van Cleve, 231 Ill.2d 229
  • Settled after appeals
  • American Automotive Accessories, Inc. v. Fishman, 175 F.3d 534
  • Summary Judgment affirmed on appeal.
  • Applegate Apartments Ltd Pship v. Commercial Coin Laundry Systems, 276 Ill.App.3d 433
  • Settled after appeal.
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  • Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Village of Glen Ellyn
  • Ethics Officer
  • 2014 - 2018
  • DuPage County Bar Foundation
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • College of DuPage Foundation
  • Director
  • 2011 - 2015
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2006 - 2007
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • General Counsel
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked extensively with Mr. Ruffalo, and highly recommend him as an experienced litigation attorney. He is skilled, knowledgeable, aggressive and an excellent trial lawyer whom I had the pleasure of learning many things from. I would recommend him for complex litigation matters and those involving municipal clients."
Election campaigns and political law Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is considered to be aggressive, hard working, and a valuable attorney by his clients. You should be calling this attorney if you are in need of a great lawyer!"
Litigation Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is an excellent lawyer and well respected by his peers. And the judges in our community also respect him, his work, and his integrity."