Associate attorney Fred Ruotolo is a Certified Family Law Specialist who has been practicing law in Arizona for decades. He joined our legal team in 2017 and works from the firm’s Phoenix office location.
Having moved to Arizona as a teenager with his family from Long Island, New York, he’s been living and working in the Valley ever since.
Fred earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU in general business administration (1988). He started as an accounting major, but was so fascinated with his first business law class that he decided to become a lawyer and dedicate himself to guiding people through challenging situations. He obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law (1992) and, shortly thereafter, joined the State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa Bar Association.
As a former member of the Arizona Army National Guard, Fred is also grounded in military service. Of his proudest accomplishments, he earned his Parachutist Badge (Airborne Wings) at Fort Benning, Georgia. Many of Fred’s family law cases involve spouses who are service members or retired military.
Asked what direction his career path might have taken but for law practice, Fred enthusiastically answered, “History professor!” Fascination for history consumes much of his free time. As a member of the Civil War Round Table, Scottsdale Chapter, Fred has written many articles published in the Round Table’s monthly newsletter. Over the years, he has been a member of the Company of Military Historians, Council on America’s Military Past, and Arizona Historical Society.
Following his passion, Fred spends many hours touring battlefields and other military historic sites here in Arizona and throughout the United States. One check off his bucket list, he took a three day, personal one-on-one guided tour around the Monte Cassino, Italy, WWII battles. What next? A northern Italy cemetery where to pay respects to the great-great uncle who served in WWI. Learning the history of how so many sacrificed so much helps Fred guide his family law clients through what is often the greatest challenges of their lives.
Fred teaches and shares his knowledge and experience of family law as a mentor with the Arizona bar association and other mentor programs. He presents legal education seminars to other lawyers and is an attorney volunteer for Community Legal Services, Fresh Start, Paiute Neighborhood Center, and others.
An avid hiker and backpacker, he enjoys experiencing Arizona’s natural beauty and would like to get out more often. For Fred, a “weekend spent on concrete is a weekend wasted.”
Helping others overcome obstacles for a better, healthier, happier life gives Fred the greatest satisfaction.