Born on Long Island to immigrant parents, Mr. Ruiz learned at an early age the particular challenges this segment of the population faces on a daily basis. Based on that experience, he decided to pursue a career as an attorney and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received a degree in Political Science and went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
During law school, Mr. Ruiz was a member of the Student Bar Association. He was a board member of the Hispanic Law Society and the law school’s Diversity Committee. He was active in the local community and conducted “Know Your Rights” workshops in conjunction with other student organizations. Mr. Ruiz interned at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s office and represented individuals facing felony and misdemeanor charges.
After law school, Mr. Ruiz represented disabled individuals throughout the United States and helped them obtain Social Security disability benefits. Mr. Ruiz successfully litigated claims before Administrative Law Judges and worked on multiple Federal District Court appeals.
Looking to once again work with the immigrant community, Mr. Ruiz volunteered his time at a nonprofit organization. While there, he worked on complex Immigration and deportation cases pending before different Immigration courts throughout the country. This rewarding experience solidified Mr. Ruiz’s desire to once again advocate on behalf on this community.
Mr. Ruiz is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He is a member of the Bronx County Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations.