Ruso & Associates
Family Law


Ruso & Associates is a boutique family law firm in the Greater Toronto Area with offices in Richmond Hill and Oakville. The firm was established in 2009, by founder and Partner, Vincenzo Ruso. Since then, we have represented over 2000 clients, each with their own unique story, matter and needs. With over a decade of experience, Ruso & Associates has the legal team, network and resources to resolve all types of family law disputes, so that our clients are ensured to receive the legal advice and representation they need. Our lawyers provide high quality legal services with integrity and resolve your matters as quickly, effectively and financially efficient as possible, whether we are negotiating a settlement or, whether we are in court addressing contested issues between parties. Ruso and Associates is committed to a transparent legal process in crafting personalized solutions to complex and stressful problems through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and where necessary, litigation. We understand that family matters are among the most difficult and intimate issues in our clients’ lives and are committed above all else in going above and beyond in ensuring we make ourselves available to our clients beyond the hours of 9-5.

Our Team
Our Team


Ruso & Associates is a boutique Richmond Hill and Oakville based law firm offering a wealth of experience and knowledge specializing in Family Law. Family Law broadly covers but is not limited to the following:

Spousal support

Determining entitlement which will establish quantum and duration of spousal support. Providing tax effective ways to address ongoing spousal support vs lump sum spousal support

Decision-making and Parenting time

Child focused services that exclusively preserves the best interest and wishes of children. Our main focus is establishing a parenting arrangement that works well with separated families

Child support

Effectively determine imputation of income for the purposes of calculating child support and apportioning special and extraordinary expenses

Divorce and separation

Properly navigating clients through the separation and divorce process while effectively preserving costs and providing efficient client focused services

Property division

Assisting individuals that are employed and/or self employed with the division of their net family property. Regularly providing services in complex division of corporations and assisting with tax effective guidance in addressing equalization of family property

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Representing clients in negotiation, mediations and arbitration which has proven to be a cost effective interest-based alternative to litigation

Agreements - Cohabitation & Marriage Contracts

Providing detailed guidance in the protection of one’s assets and support obligations prior to and/or during a cohabitation or marriage



Vincenzo Ruso – Founder & Managing Partner

Vincenzo (“Vince”) is the Founder of Ruso & Associates. Vince has extensive experience in family law, including high-conflict parenting and support disputes, complex financial and property matters, mobility cases and domestic contracts.
A confident and experienced advocate, Vince regularly appears in the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He represents clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation, as the case requires. While he offers strategic and efficient advice, Vince also has the compassion and charisma to put both counsel and clients at ease.
Vince completed his undergraduate degree at York University and his law degree at the University of Ottawa. As a student, Vincenzo was active in political campaigns and continues to participate on policy advisory committees.

Vince prides himself on being readily available for his clients as he guides them through the inevitable transitions inherent in the family law process, providing sound legal counsel throughout. Dedication, client service and commitment are the core values of his firm.

Michael Bruno – Associate Lawyer

Michael is an Associate Lawyer at Ruso & Associates. He completed his Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at the University of Ottawa in 2010. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in History at the University of Ottawa in 2012 before earning his Law Degree from Queen’s University in 2017. While attending Queen’s, Michael also obtained a Certificate in International Public Law from the Bader International Study Centre in the United Kingdom.

Michael practices in all areas of family law, with a particular focus on high conflict Decision-making and Parenting time disputes, complex property and equalization issues, child and spousal support and domestic contracts. A focused and pragmatic advocate, Mike is skilled at breaking down the complexities of the family law process. His composure puts clients at ease in high-pressure situations. He is particularly effective in defusing tension and setting realistic expectations for clients. Michael is excellent at providing solution-oriented, honest and direct advice.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his spouse and loved ones, watching hockey, and walking his 9-year-old Brittany Spaniel, Lolita.

Erica Morassutti – Associate Lawyer

Erica received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from McGill University and her J.D. from Queen’s University. Erica excelled in law school, where she won course prizes in Information Privacy and the Children’s Law Placement, coached the Walsh Family Law Appellate Moot and worked as a family law research assistant for Professor Mary Jane Mossman. Erica also volunteered in the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic, where she represented federal inmates in disciplinary court proceedings and specialized in domestic violence cases. Before joining Ruso & Associates, Erica summered and articled at a prominent family law firm in downtown Toronto.

Erica maintains a diverse family practice, including high-conflict parenting disputes, complex property division, support matters and domestic contracts. She has appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has assisted in cases before the Court of Appeal.

Clients appreciate Erica’s responsiveness and commitment to their cases. Persistent and precise in her approach, Erica is an energetic advocate who can guide clients through the court process and persuasively articulate their positions to ensure their rights are protected.

In her free time, Erica enjoys downhill skiing, art exhibitions and any film with an Ennio Morricone soundtrack.

Daniel Broadus – Associate Lawyer

Daniel completed his undergraduate degree at Laurier University, with a BA in Philosophy in 2016 and earned his law degree from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, in 2019. After articling in the Litigation Services department at the Law Society of Ontario, he was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020. He is developing a broad practice in family and matrimonial law and is dedicated to client service. Daniel is extremely detail oriented and is particularly skilled at articulating complex and difficult legal issues to clients.

Outside of work, Daniel is an avid road cyclist and an average home cook. He loves a good story, and enjoys them equally well in novels, movies and video games. He also serves as a youth leader at his church.

Karin Salomon – Senior Law Clerk

Karin is the senior law clerk at Ruso & Associates and has been with the firm for nearly a decade. Karin completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science at York University, with a double major in Psychology and a Certificate in Law and Society.

Karin has a thorough and seasoned understanding of Ontario’s family court system and legal procedure. She plays a critical role in preparing court documents, anticipating potential challenges before they arise, and ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the firm’s day-to-day functions. Karin understands the importance of maintaining an organized and client-oriented practice. She is extremely personable, charismatic and empathetic, helping clients feel comfortable and heard during difficult legal processes.

When not at work, Karin enjoys spending time with her spouse and children, hiking and kickboxing.

Gabriela Mejia – Junior Law Clerk

Gabriela is the junior law clerk at Ruso & Associates. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2017, and her Master’s in Public and International Affairs at York University in 2020.

Gabriela serves as liaison between the firm and its clients, ensuring they are kept apprised of all case updates. She also assists in the preparation of court documents, researches matter-specific issues and performs day-to-day administrative tasks. In her free time, Gabriela enjoys keeping up with current events, politics, working out and spending time with friends and family.

Fatima Amin – Articling Student

Fatima is an Articling Student at Ruso and Associates. Fatima earned her Bachelor of Applied Sciences in 2017, specializing in Justice Studies at the University of Guelph. She also completed a Diploma in Community Service at Humber College. Fatima earned her law degree from The University of Windsor in the spring of 2021. During her academic career, Fatima worked as a peer mentor, as well as a researcher and intake coordinator for Community Legal Aid in Windsor.

Fatima previously worked as a law clerk at Ruso and Associates prior to attending law school, as well as a summer student upon completing her first year of law school. As such, Fatima has experience with family law at various levels.

On her spare time, Fatima enjoys working out, travelling and spending time with her family.

Julia Dell – Financial Controller

Julia is the Financial Controller at Ruso & Associates.  She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, in addition to a Graduate Diploma in Accounting.  Julia successfully passed the CPA common final exam in 2020 and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Prior to joining Ruso & Associates, Julia worked at a large accounting firm in downtown Toronto. Julia has over three years of experience working in audit and financial reporting and has joined Ruso & Associates to aid with the overall financial wellbeing and management of the firm.  Julia further acts as a liaison between clients and lawyers to ensure an accurate and low-hassle billing process.

Outside of work, Julia enjoys theatre, skiing, exploring new restaurants and spending time with her friends



We welcome you to contact us for more information about any of our services.