Vince Ruffa, a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1988. He then attended the University of Scranton where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Language-Business in three years. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he attended Loyola University School of Law and graduated in 1994.
After being admitted to practice in the State of Lousiana in 1994, he accepted a position in a New Orleans law firm. In 1996, Vince moved back to Cleveland, passed the Ohio Bar and accepted a position as General Counsel for a computer consulting company in Beachwood. In 1997, he entered private practice, became one of the attorneys in the Law Firm of Oakar and Ruffa and has maintained his private practice since then. In 2013, the name of the firm name changed to Ruffa Grandinetti with the addition of Joseph Grandinetti to the firm.
One of his areas of practice for the past 16 years includes Municipal Law and in that area, he has represented the city of Bedford Heights as a prosecutor, the Village of Walton Hills as law director and prosecutor, the city of Brunswick as Acting Law Director, the Village of Newburgh Heights as Acting Law Director and currently serves the city of Broadview Heights as Law Director/Prosecutor and the Village of Newburgh Heights as prosecutor.
Vince Ruffa’s bar admissions include the State of Louisiana (1994), the State of Ohio(1996), US District Court Eastern District of Louisiana (1994), US District Court Northern District of Ohio (1999), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2010). His professional memberships have included the Ohio State Bar Association, The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Association, The Cleveland Bar Association, The Parma Bar Association and The Italian-American Bar Association.
His community activities have included serving as a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater New Orleans, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for South Suburban Montessori School, and serving as a volunteer magistrate for juvenile diversion programs.
Vince Ruffa has taught classes in various areas of law at the University of Phoenix and Stauzenberger College and is currently a monthly lecturer on the topic of the legal ramifications of being charged and/or convicted of an ovi at local driver’s intervention program. He is also a monthly lecturer on the topic of economic crimes for a local theft intervention program.
He is also the founder and president of Professional Tax Services, LLC, an income tax preparation services company.
Vince is married to Rose and has three children.
His areas of practice include Criminal Law (felonies, misdemeanors, traffic and ovi/dui), Muncipal Law, Corporate Law (advising small businesses on corporate organization, formation and contractual matters), Probate and Estate Planning, and General Civil Litigation.
In the area of Criminal Law, he has literally handled thousands of cases as both a prosecutor and a Defense Attorney and he firmly believes that in his work as a prosecutor, he has gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience which has assisted him in being able to better represent a criminal defendant as a criminal defense attorney.
Joseph Grandinetti, a lifetime resident of Northeast Ohio, graduated from Normandy High School in 2004. He then graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Mr. Grandinetti then went on to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2011. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Mr. Grandinetti obtained a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio that allowed him to handle misdemeanor cases which he did while serving as law clerk in the Lorain Municipal Court. In 2011 having passed the bar exam Mr. Grandinetti was fully admitted to the practice of law in Ohio.
Early in his career Mr. Grandinetti has worked in the City Of Lorain Prosecutor’s Office, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit. Upon admission to practice law in Ohio, Mr. Grandinetti entered into private practice. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Grandinetti began serving as the assistant law director and assistant prosecutor for the city of Broadview Heights. Mr. Grandinetti has also served as a special prosecutor for various communities in Northeast Ohio.
In 2013, Mr. Grandinetti became partners with Attorney Vince Ruffa, and the law firm Ruffa Grandinetti was born.
Mr. Grandinetti’s primary focus areas include Criminal Defense (traffic, OVI/DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile, expungements, etc.), small business litigation, general civil litigation, and landlord tenant law. He has tried a multitude of cases and has handled hundreds, if not thousands of cases with combined prosecution and defense experience.
Mr. Grandinetti is a member of several professional bar associations, including the Ohio State Bar Association and the Parma Bar Association, and currently serves as a Trustee to the Parma Bar Association.
Mr. Grandinetti has served as a featured lecturer for an economic crimes class on the topics of Ohio’s theft laws and merchant policies, and is currently a featured lecturer on the legal aspects of OVIs in state licensed driver intervention programs.