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Ruth Kim is an experienced legal advisor with a demonstrated track record of zealous advocacy, hard work, compassion and dedication to her clients. Ruth has over fifteen years of experience handling matters involving high net worth clients, complex financial businesses, child custody, divorce, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, same-sex family law, custody, visitation and parenting time, legal separation, and division of assets and liabilities. Ruth also handles matters involving divorce and special needs children and has successfully achieved results for those clients dealing with difficult decisions and the unknown, while ensuring that the best interests of their special needs child remained the priority and in the forefront. Ruth also has extensive appellate practice, having been on the Brief of eight unpublished appellate decisions and one published appellate decision, Giarusso v. Giarusso, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 83.

Background

Ruth began her legal career as Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Camp, J.S.C. (retired), Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County.

Prior to attending law school, Ruth obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (Go Bruins!) in 2000 and graduated from Seton Hall Law School in May of 2006. During law school, Ruth participated as an advocate for the Family Law Clinic.

Ruth is a Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Asian/Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Women Lawyers in Bergen County, and the Diversity Committee of the Bergen County Bar Association.

She is a also a legal contributor to exEXPERTS, an online resource for all things divorce-related.   

Ruth has been recognized in the family law community for her work and dedication to the practice and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list featuring outstanding family law attorneys in the state of New Jersey for 2021 and 2022, a prestigious distinction that only the top 5% of attorneys in New Jersey receive; New Jersey Family Magazine “Best Lawyers for Families” in 2019, 2020 and 2021; (201) Magazine’s Top Lawyers in 2017 and in 2019 as an expert in the field of Family and Matrimonial Law; Bergen Magazine “Top Lawyer in Bergen County” for 2019. She has been named a Fellow of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and received the distinguished honor of being named 10 Best in 2019 and 2020 for Female Attorney Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. She was previously selected for inclusion New Jersey Rising Stars list from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ruth worked at several leading family law boutique firms in the area, where she devoted her practice exclusively to the areas of family law and matrimonial law.

Unreported Decisions

  • Butera v. Toy, 2010 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2769
  • C.L.H. v. C.B., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 293
  • Maoz v. Maoz, 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 273
  • Kraar v. Estate of Kraar, 2013 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 451
  • Podell v. Podell, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1136
  • Gelinas v. Conti, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 506
  • Fanelli v. Hnatowski, 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1947
  • Zangrilli v. Zangrilli, 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2508

Reported Decisions

  • Giarusso v. Giarusso, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 83.

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, Juris Doctor
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, Bachelor of Arts, History

Professional Experience

  • Ziegler & Zemsky, Of Counsel
  • Ruvolo Law Group, LLC, Of Counsel
  • Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri da Costa LLC, Associate
  • Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC, Associate
  • Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., Associate
  • Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O’Donnell, P.C., Associate
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County, Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Richard C. Camp, J.S.C.
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Family Law Clinic, Student Attorney
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, General Equity & Probate Part, Hudson County
    • Judicial Intern to Honorable Thomas P. Olivieri, Presiding Judge

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer 2021
  • Selected for inclusion of New Jersey Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer 2022
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2011
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2012
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2013
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2015
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2016
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2017
  • Selected for Inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2018
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, “10 Best Female Attorney – Client Satisfaction,” 2019-2020

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association – 2007 to present – Member
  • Young Lawyers Division – Member
  • Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Family Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair of YLS – 2011-12
  • Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Family Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association – 2007 to present –
    • Member – 2007 to present
    • Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee – 2009-10
    • Co-Chair of the Charity Committee – 2010-11
  • Barry I. Croland Northern New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court – 2006 to present – Pupil
  • Essex County Bar Association – 2006 to present – Member
  • Bergen County Bar Association – 2014 to present
  • Member
    • Diversity in the Profession Committee – Member
  • Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York – 2016 to present
    • Member
    • Co-Chair of the Gala Committee, Logistics – 2017-present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association – 2016 to present
    • Member
    • Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Network, Recruiting and Marketing Subcommittee – 2018-present
  • Asian/Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey – 2010 to present – Member

Outside the Courtroom

Ruth lives in Bergen County with her husband, her two sons, her daughter and dog, Indiana. When she isn’t in the office, Ruth loves going to the gym, running Spartan races, a good shopping spree, quality time with friends and family, listening to country music, drinking a fine glass of bourbon, and all things Boston sports, including the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics (please don’t hold this against her, Giants and Yankees fans!). She is also a die-hard Duke basketball fan (don’t hold this against her as well).