Angela A. Ruffini, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., practicing exclusively in all areas of matrimonial and family law. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ruffini served as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Hope Schwartz Zimmerman, J.S.C., Supervising Judge of the Nassau Supreme Court, where she worked closely with Judges presiding over divorce actions and post-judgment matrimonial matters including, equitable distribution, maintenance, custody, parenting time, contempt matters and child support. Her unique court experience in conferencing and settling matters with counsel and pro se litigants allows her to take an alternative dispute resolution approach to cases, as she has first-hand knowledge of the intimate details that go into rendering decisions that serve families best in matrimonial cases. Her experience working in the courtroom provided invaluable experience in litigation and settlements, which she implements in her zealous client advocacy.
Ms. Ruffini began her career as an Associate Attorney in a boutique matrimonial and family law firm where she represented clients in all five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as Westchester County before taking the Principal Court Attorney position. Judge Zimmerman was so impressed with Ms. Ruffini's zealous advocacy and knowledge in the law that she personally called her to offer her the Principal Court Attorney position after only two (2) years in practice.
Notably, Ms. Ruffini was recently published in the Nassau Lawyer in the May 2021 Edition for her article on social media and its impact in matrimonial litigation. She has also previously been published in the Family Court Review, which appears in the April 2017 Edition.
Ms. Ruffini regularly attends continuing legal education seminars in the areas of matrimonial and family law so that she is always kept up-to-date on all developments in the law. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau County Women's Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Queens County Bar Association, and the Columbian Lawyers' Association of Nassau County. Ms. Ruffini is licensed in New York and New Jersey.