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Fred Ruotolo

Divorce and separation Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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Fred Ruotolo has been practicing family law in Arizona since 1992.  He practices exclusively in family law matters including: litigated and settle divorces (dissolutions), legal separations, annulments, division of businesses, real estate and other property, division of debts, spousal maintenance (alimony), legal decision-making (custody), parenting time, grandparents’ rights, paternity matters, child support and relocation of children.  Mr. Ruotolo also represents clients in their family law matters after their original orders have been entered.  Mr. Ruotolo has represented clients in all degrees of complexity of family law cases, including complex and highly contested and litigated cases to less contested cases that are resolved through amicable settlement and mediation.

Fred Ruotolo is respected in the community and recognized by The Business Journal as “Who’s Who in Law” and is listed as a Preeminent Lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register.  He has appeared on numerous television and radio stations for his opinions including, Phoenix’s KPNX-NBC Channel 12, KTVK, Channel 3, KNXV-ABC Channel 15, KTAT News Radio, The Peak 98.7 FM Radio, and others.

Mr. Ruotolo is a respected Mentor for the Phoenix School of Law’s Family Law Student Association Mentor Program.  He has provided lectures for the public including the Women’s Expo and conducted legal seminars.

Reviews for Mr. Ruotolo consistently reference his deep compassion for his clients, his understanding of their personal and emotional needs and his willingness to “go the extra distance”.  This is attested to by the fact that many of his clients remain in touch with Mr. Ruotolo many years after their case and refer their friends and family to him for.

Mr. Ruotolo received his law degree (J.D.) from The University of Tulsa in 1992, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 1988.  Mr. Ruotolo was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1992 and served in the Arizona Army National Guard.

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5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Beverly | March 10, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation
Fred was wonderful to consult with. He made me realizes my options and set out what may happen before hiring him.
Posted by Tara | October 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confident, Capable, and Experienced Attorney
Every step of the way Fred was an extraordinary attourney and representative. His confidence and support were guiding lights that paved the way to a mutual agreement that ultimately worked best for my kids and all parties while taking my utmost concerns into consideration. Above all that, he was great to work with and I would hire him again without hesitation. His professional demeanor and ability to communicate, respond quickly, and affect change in my case went above and beyond. He offered down-to-earth advice that was priceless and enabled a valuable turning point in my case. Ultimately, my case, across state lines, was managed with care and expertise that was apparent when it mattered most. Thank you Fred!
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Posted by Alice | September 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
2nd time I've hired Mr. Ruotolo
I understand that Mr. Ruotolo doesn't control the judge's decision, but I do feel that he'll do everything possible to ensure you're aware of your options and possible outcomes. Hiring an attorney is stressful because you don't know how much a case will cost, but I feel like hiring Fred was worth the investment.
Posted by Larry | July 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Fred's the Best!
I worked with Fred Ruotolo for my divorce and he was great. It took about a year for everything to be agreed upon but Fred worked very hard for me during its entirety, even with how difficult the other side was being about most issues. Without him and his expertise on all matters, I surely would have been lost in the whole process. I was able to get the financial matters settled appropriately and most importantly, received equal parenting time with my children.
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Posted by Mike | June 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
This Attorney Truly Cares
Fred was outstanding to work with on my family law case. He was easy to talk to and provided great advice and guidance throughout the entire legal process. Over the several engagements we had, it was very apparent that he truly cared about helping my family and I. If I need family law services in the future, Fred is the first person I am calling.
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Posted by Kelly | July 25, 2017
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So glad I called
I can’t begin to thank Fred enough. My divorce was difficult, I can’t begin to explain how emotionally and physically drained I was. Looking at all the paperwork, and trying to get through everything felt like climbing a mountain. There were many obstacles and questions I had going into it, but Fred took the time to make sure I knew what was happening with my case and to keep me informed. He and Erica handled everything from start to end. Throughout the process Fred was professional, caring, and on top of my case. Worth every penny! I’m so glad I called him and didn’t try to do this alone. If you’re having questions about if you should get a lawyer, do yourself a favor and go with Fred. I can’t thank him enough for all he did for me during this difficult time.
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Posted by B | February 27, 2015
Thank you.
I first want to express that EVERY single time we contacted the office we had nothing but a respectful and caring interaction. Being said that, we are unable to express the gratitude that we owe Fred Ruotolo. He was always available, willing to listen, help solve and look at what we might have to face in our situation. Not only do we owe him a lifetime for helping us in a very ugly and dire time but we know that we will have a lifetime of friendship. These are two very comforting things to have. And, as we look into our very precious eyes every single day, we thank him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2014
Good Experience - Divorce
One of the most difficult experiences of my life became easier with Fred's approach and counsel. Fred understood my desires and requirements, and did not try to push litigation. He was an excellent listener and strategist down to the details. He also took great care and was sensitive when communicating to my wife at the time. Lastly, he made time to discuss matters that were particularly difficult for me. I would recommend Fred to others going through the difficult process of a divorce.
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Posted by Craig | November 12, 2014
Outstanding legal representation
Initially my divorce ended amicably between my ex-wife and myself and we shared in joint custody. We had done everything through the self help system and neither of us had sought legal advice or representation. As time passed I found myself in a situation where I had neither the knowledge or experience to effectively represent and protect myself or my children in the Child Support battle that ensued. After the third trip to Family Court I decided enough was enough, I needed professional help and representation. Fred Ruotolo took on my case after reviewing all of the documentation I had. He was compassionate, understanding, professional and always kept my children’s interest at the forefront. The court system often feels stacked in the mother’s favor, but Fred assured me that I had right’s and he would ensure those were protected. He provided sound legal advice, drew up all the necessary documents, and made sure everything was in order and filed appropriately. He listened to and answered my questions, and took time to explain the process and what to expect. I was kept in the loop at every stage. Fred was always available and never made me feel, like just another case number. He provided personal attention and guided me through a difficult and challenging time, all while giving me the best legal representation I could hope for. I cannot say enough to express my gratitude to Fred Ruotolo and his staff, they simply are the best at what they do and worth every penny when it comes to legal matters dealing with Family Law.
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Posted by Darrin | September 7, 2014
Simply THE BEST!
I want to sincerely thank and recognize Fred Ruotolo for his understanding and compassion for my difficult and frustrating situation that had developed with my former spouse since our divorce. Fred was instrumental in providing legal counsel and submitting all necessary documentation to the courts. I chose to have full representation which allowed me to focus on managing the day to day issues and the assurance that all legal formalities would be followed up on by Fred. It was the perfect decision for me and when the need came to act quickly and complete our agreed upon resolution. Fred got the job done in short order and made the process simple for me. I now have a lawyer to consult with should there ever be a future need and my gratitude to Fred and his staff is sincerely deserved. THANK YOU! Sincere Gratitude,
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Posted by Shelly | November 26, 2013
My Superhero!
Mr. Ruotolo assisted me with several affordable consultation visits before my divorce trial in 2006 and because of that wonderful advice, I returned to him in Nov 2013 for a parenting time challenge and an Order of Protection issue. He was on my side, listened to my concerns, was very accommodating with appointments and even met with me on a holiday to prepare my pretrial statement. His questioning and cross examination during the trial were very focused on the matters and the case ended in my favor and I could not be happier. I got my son back and a parenting plan that was in the best interest of my son. Fred is wonderful, he knows what he is doing, knows about other attorneys and providers which is very helpful and has a great staff. He is worth every penny and more! I can't thank him enough!
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Posted by Jeff Buel | August 22, 2013
Cool head warm heart.
Fred is a star in a field of law that can be unsavory! He is technically proficient, thoughtful and professional . Communications skills top notch. He knows the legal/ courts process and the players, either judges, commissioners or counsel. Commitment, concern and courtesy seem to be his watchwords. Nicknamed "kill them with kindness". He works with a cool head and a warm heart.
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Posted by Jamie | July 30, 2013
Child Custody
I hired Fred for a child custody case. I had previously worked with another attorney who I found to be unavailable, as well as lacking the necessary skill to handle my case. Fred, from the beginning was pleasant and courteous. He helped me through a very rough period through his kindness and expertise. He was always available, if there was ever a time I needed to talk, or just needed reassurance. He was knowledgeable, and provided the necessary skills to make the entire process a little more tolerable! I would 100% recommend him as an attorney.
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Posted by Carol | July 17, 2013
Thorough, Compassionate and A Great Litigator
We worked with Fred over a period of a 3-5 years during a very difficult divorce. Complications from the other side kept unfolding and when we needed guidance or full representation, Fred couldn't have been more thorough in explaining the steps we'd need to take, what are options were and what the possible outcome could be and why. Going through a divorce trial can be a very intimidating experience and although Fred was very aggressive in court, he fought fairly and professionally - which I can honestly say many attorney's don't from first hand experience. Through that process, Fred was also a very calming and reassuring influence for us. He's very knowledgeable and hugely compassionate - especially when there are children involved and I was very impressed that he kept our children's best interest's in mind throughout the whole ordeal. He's extremely thorough and detail oriented when it comes to presenting evidence - which is critical because you don't always know how a judge is going to react - but Fred's demeanor in and out of the courtroom is nothing short of approachable, respectful and professional. Fred also has a gift of being very understanding and objective in offering advice and sincere guidance during those emotionally intense moments you just want to go for the other side's jugular. Anytime a ruling came in, he called us immediately - he kept us informed, he explained what the ruling meant if it didn't make sense and he was patient with us through all the of questions. And there were 100's of those throughout this process. He truly was a GOD SEND and I'd recommend him highly!!! And because of his tireless efforts on our case, it's finally over and we owe that to him!
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2013
Excellent Divorce Attorney
When my seemingly cordial divorce from my ex wife took a turn for the worst, I am lucky to have found Fred. When I was served with the divorce papers full of false and demeaning accusations and unrealistic demands, I was scared. After my initial consultation with Fred, I felt assured that everything would be alright. He explained everything to me every step of the way and helped me reach a very favorable settlement. Most importantly, he always acted with dignity and respect toward my ex wife and her attorney despite their refusal to do the same to us. Very knowledgeable and very classy all the way! I would highly recommend Fred to anyone.
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Posted by DB | February 19, 2013
Client Review
Fred Ruotolo guided me through a previous difficult divorce mediation that left many questions unaswered. We went a cheap route the first mediation and left me exposed. Fred reviewed my case and gave me honest opinions both that he felt hurt my case and those in favor of my case. Fred expertly navigated the mediation, especially the pre-mediation effort to clearly outline my case to the mediator. This was key and expertly written. I cannot thank him enough
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2009
Willing to go the extra mile
Mr. Ruotolo responded to my questions quickly, completely and in terms that were easy to understand. He gave me realistic advise and accurately predicted my cases outcome. Not only would I recommnend him to others, but have. They too were happy with the professional service they received from Fred Ruotolo.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2009
Ruotolo Exceeded Our Family Legal Expectations on Every Level
We've had the pleasure of working with Fred Ruotolo and NRG Law over the past four years with regard to on-going divorce and family law issues. Having dealt with other family law firms in the past where I felt like a "number" in the big scheme of things - Fred and his staff couldn't have been more responsive, supportive and diligent in putting together a strong, solid case, in which we've won on both occasions. What impresses us about Fred is his integrity and ability to be objective and fair in his negotiations, both with us and the opposing attorneys. Furthermore, this is an attorney who truly cares about his client's best interests. Fred has been through some very personal and trying situations with us, and we wouldn't have remained with him had he been anything other than sincere and genuine. NRG's pricing is very fair and competitive - and they've always embraced our billing questions and concerns with patience and understanding. I'd highly recommend them to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2009
Great divorce attorney
Fred Ruotolo handled my difficult divorce case with expertise and complete professionalism. My ex-wife retained a very large law firm to "go for the jugular", but Fred was able to diffuse some very contentious meetings with his rational and pragmatic approach to settlement negotiations. With Fred's guidance, we were able to come to an amicable settlement that both sides were happy with. Even my wife's attorney commented that Fred was one of the most effective negotiators he's come up against.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stewart Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bishop Law Office, PC
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Founding Partner
  • NRG
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Goldberg & Jones, PLLC Attorneys At Law
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Owner
  • Fred Ruotolo, Law Office
  • 1992 - 1997
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  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988


  • Superior Court of Arizona
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 1995 - Present
  • Scottsdale Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 1992 - Present
  • Reserver Officer's Association
  • Past President
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Family Law Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Attorney of the Year
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Family Law Top 10 Award
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Arizona Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, Arizona State Bar
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyers, Who's Who in Law
  • The Business Journal
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law
  • Violence in the Home
  • 2015
  • Phoenix College of Law
  • Famil Law
  • 2013
  • Negotiating the Best Possible Settlement for Divorce Clients
  • Divorce
  • 2005
  • Women's Expo
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Fred is a highly skilled attorney. He is settlement oriented, but he is also skilled in the courtroom. Fred has excellent communication skills, and he works hard to obtain excellent results for his clients. Not only is Fred a strong advocate, he has the ability to make his clients feel comfortable during a very difficult time in their lives. I wholeheartedly recommend Fred."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fred is as experienced and knowledgeable as they come. HIs solid reputation in the family law community here in Maricopa County is undisputed. I would highly recommend Fred to anyone in need of a passionate family law who can handle the most challenging family law matters."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Fred is very knowledgeable in his area of practice. While a strong advocate for his client, he maintains a respectful working relationship with opposing counsel."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is knowledgeable, aggressive, efficient and talented. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Fred is a knowledgeable attorney, and has always been a pleasure to work with on family law matters."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Fred. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a former judge, magistrate and prosecutor over the past 24 years, I can tell you that he is an exemplary attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone for his services. There is no better decision that you could make."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fred is a highly skilled and compassionate family law attorney. He is attentive to detail and advocates zealously for his clients. I highly recommend Fred."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Over the years, I have referred many clients to Fred for divorce and domestic relations issues, and I will continue to do so. Fred has great communication skills, and he works hard to obtain excellent results for his clients. Not only does Fred have a passion for the law, he has the ability to make his clients feel comfortable during a very difficult time in their lives. I wholeheartedly recommend Fred."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Fred places best interest of his clients first and does his best to make sure that all issues are addressed to prevent additional litigation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Fred for a great many years and I know he brings a true compassion for his clients and a desire to reach a fair result in every case."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fred is a knowledgeable and polished attorney. He takes a genuine interest in his clients and that is clearly reflected in his vibrant advocacy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fred is an excellent family lawyer. I have referred people to him and they have felt that he listened to, and understood their individual needs and gave them excellent representation."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fred is a top family attorney. I have referred many of my clients to Fred, and my clients always rave about Fred. I highly recommend Fred for any family law issue."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Ruotolo has exceptional communication skills. Being a journalism major myself, one his many areas of strength is his writing and editing ability. He is succinct and effective, which is very important in an industry where you get a very small window to make your case. His communication skills extend to working with clients and the opposing side, where he is both an advocate yet respectful, which explains why he in turn is respected by his peers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Phoenix Divorce and separation Lawyer Fred Ruotolo
Fred Ruotolo
Divorce and separation Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 31 years