Geniveve J. Ruskus

Geniveve J. Ruskus

  • Mediator
  • Consulting Attorney to Mediation
  • Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Same Sex Couple and Domestic Partnership Cases

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Practice Areas:

Family Law


B.A., Stanford University, 1993
J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1996

Professional & Community Affiliations:

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers;
Association of Certified Family Law Specialist;
Santa Clara County Bar Association;
San Mateo County Bar Association;
Palo Alto Area Bar Association;
State of California Bar Association

Geniveve J. Ruskus has practiced exclusively in the field of family law since her admission to the California Bar in 1996.

Although her background is in family law litigation, Geniveve’s practice currently emphasizes mediation and the employment of other alternate dispute resolution techniques in order to minimize costs (emotional as well as financial) for her clients.  Geniveve is well versed in all aspects of family law, including complex financial matters such as venture capital, equity rights and apportionment, tax, and property characterization issues. In addition to her divorce practice, she also handles premarital, cohabitation and postmarital agreements as well as post- dissolution and paternity matters. Her 2015 article on a new approach to premarital agreements, published in the journal for California’s certified family law specialists,  is available here.

Geniveve is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and is the former President of the Northern California Chapter.  She was named Fellow of the Year in 2020.  Geniveve is a founding and active member of the Bay Area Mediator’s Round Table Group.  She has been certified as a Specialist in Family Law since 2003 and is also a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS). She has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” every year since 2006 and has frequently been named as one of Northern California’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers” across all practice areas

Geniveve earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University. While attending law school at UCLA, Geniveve was a contributing author as well as the Editor-In-Chief of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal.

Geniveve enjoys photography, travel, and the Bay Area food scene.