Kristine prides herself on her ability to balance empathy and ferocity to provide the most competent representation for her clients. Her passion for helping others motivates her to perform at the highest possible levels, while her extensive litigation skills enable her to achieve favorable results. Through her experience working with clients of wide-ranging backgrounds, Kristine has developed an understanding that communication, diligence, and compassion are the cornerstones of effective legal advocacy.
Kristine joined the Bruning & Associates, P.C. team as an Associate Attorney in June 2019. Prior to joining B&A, Kristine worked as an Illinois Bar Foundation Fellow with the Loyola University Community Law Center and Veterans Practicum where she handled a wide range of domestic relations and probate matters for service members and civilians. In her practice, Kristine negotiated marital settlement agreements and joint parenting agreements, litigated disputes over parenting time, allocation of parental responsibilities, and child support, acted as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem to represent the best interests of children, and much more. While in law school, Kristine served as a judicial extern for the presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division for the Circuit Court of Cook County. In addition to family law matters, Kristine also gained extensive experience in personal injury and medical malpractice law while working as a law clerk for a reputable Chicago personal injury firm.
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
- Clifton J. Philips Archives Research Award Winner, 2014
- Peggy Siegel Historical Writing Competition Honorable Mention, 2014
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Dean’s List, 2016-2018
Kristine Ruhl, “Are We Contradicting Ourselves?: How the Stanford Rape Case Illustrates the Conflict Between Mandatory Sentencing and Judicial Discretion,” 9 Loy. U. Chi. Pub. Int. L. Rev. 301 (2016).
Kristine Ruhl, “‘An Alarming Trend’: The Dangers of Recently Proposed Anti-Protest Legislation,” 10 Loy. U. Chi. Pub. Int. L. Rev. 71 (2017).
- Illinois Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2018
- BA in History, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 2014
- Divorce and Family Law
- Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Custody)
- Parenting Time (Visitation)
- Child Support
- Maintenance (Alimony)
- Marital Settlement Agreements
- Joint Parenting Agreements
- Modification of Judgments
- Guardianship of Minors
- Guardianship of Disabled Adults
- Domestic Violence
- Orders of Protection
- Probate Law
- Personal Injury Law