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Attorney Profile | Ruth M. Swenson

Family law and domestic violence lawyer in Mesa, Arizona

Ruth Swenson's passion for advocating change began as a special education teacher in Colorado.

Working within the special education system brought to light issues that needed policy revision or legal intervention to rectify. As a passionate and committed educator, Ruth spoke openly among colleagues about the need for change, and she ultimately decided obtaining a law degree was the most effective way to achieving needed changes.

A practice built on compassionate representation and fair resolutions

Since graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law with her Juris Doctor, Ruth concentrated in the area of practice that matters most to the people around her — family law. Her educational background provides her with the practicality, patience, understanding and zeal to help her clients and see them succeed. Her knowledge of special education uniquely equips her to handle education-based issues and family law cases involving clients and children with special needs. In all, she strives to provide her clients with the chance to resolve legal issues fairly and justly.

Since 1993 Ruth has operated her own law firm, now a solo-practice, Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, in Mesa. She is able to assist clients in divorce mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation in her private practice. She also serves as Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court's Family Law Division, which allows her to hear both sides of family law cases and assist the parties and their attorneys if represented to settle some or all of their family law issues prior to the final hearing or trial.

Admitted to bar

  • Arizona, 1986
  • United States Federal Court, 1988


  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln College of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Illinois State University, M.S., Education, 1976
  • University of Northern Colorado, B.A., Special Education, 1971

Practice areas

  • Paternity
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Relocation
  • Mediation
  • Vocational rehabilitation issues
  • Administrative reviews
  • Social Security issues
  • Special education issues

Professional memberships and associations

  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994 – 1997
  • East Valley Bar Association
    • Committee on Child Support
  • Arizona Judicial Council 1992, 1994 & 1996
  • Arizona State Bar, Administrative Law Section, 1993 – 1996
    • Board Member
  • Tamara's Hope, Advocacy Organization, 1994 – 1997
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Arizona, Public Lawyers Section
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Arizona State Bar, Family Law Section
  • National Federation of the Blind of Arizona
    • President
    • Board of Directors

Employment experience

  • Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court, Family Law Division
  • Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, Sole Practitioner, 2004 – Present
  • Swenson and Brown, P.L.L.C., Partner, 2000 – 2004
  • Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, Sole Practitioner, 1993 – 2000
  • Community Legal Services, Eastside Office, Maricopa County, Managing Attorney, 1991 – 1993
  • Community Legal Services, Eastside Office, Maricopa County, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Project, 1988 – 1993
  • State Services for the Visually Impaired, Lincoln, Nebraska, State Consultant for the multi-disabled/blind, 1977 – 1982
  • Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, Kansas, Resource Room Teacher for the blind/multi-handicapped, 1972 – 1973
  • Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, Kansas, Teacher for the deaf/blind/multi-handicapped, 1971 – 1972

Certification and specialization

  • Specialized Mediation Training

Contact the firm

The law firm of Ruth M. Swenson, LLC is located in , First Financial Plaza, 1550 South Alma School Road (Holmes and Alma School entrance to Mesa's Fiesta Mall), which is easily accessible by public transportation. She serves clients from all over Arizona, with a focus on those in Maricopa County. To begin resolving your family law, divorce, child custody or domestic violence legal matter, call 480.649.3044 or contact us online today.