Taylor Ruggieri joined the Family Law Department at Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf, LLP in 2022. Previously, she was an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County, where she worked closely with victims, handled pretrial motions and discovery as well as evidentiary hearings, negotiated plea deals, and appeared before numerous judges on sex crime and domestic violence cases.  Taylor appeared in Family Court, handling restraining order contempt cases and trials. She organized and dealt with Megan’s Law and community supervision cases, tiering and motions to be relieved of obligations.

Previously, Taylor held positions as a law clerk and a judicial intern to the Hon. Yolanda Ciccone, who was the Assignment Judge of Vicinage 13. As a law student, she volunteered at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation Clinic, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund as a student lawyer or legal intern.

A 2017 graduate of Rutgers School of Law in Camden, Taylor received the 2015 Association of Public Interest Law (Rutgers Law School) Stipend and the QLAW Foundation 2015 Sher Kung Grant for graduate students working for innovative public interest projects that benefit the LGBTQ community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS.

 

Professional, Business & Civic Involvement

In the summer of 2016, Taylor worked as a legal volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa, working in the townships there, helping victims and defendants in criminal cases involving gang violence and domestic violence. She also worked closely with victims of domestic violence in the townships, specifically by assisting with criminal cases against their perpetrators, housing problems, child custody issues and division of assets. 

While at the Prosecutor’s Office, Taylor has also done trainings at local colleges and for law enforcement agencies on sexual assault and domestic violence.