Lyndsay V. Ruotolo was sworn in as acting Union County Prosecutor on July 18, 2019.
Before her current appointment, Ruotolo had joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) in September 2018, where she participated in the USAO’s Violent Crime Initiative and handled criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Prior to this, Ruotolo was an Assistant Prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO) for nearly five years. During her previous tenure at UCPO, Ruotolo was one of four attorneys assigned to the Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force (today rebranded as the Narcotics Strike Force). She also spearheaded Union County’s first Operation Helping Hand, a coordinated effort by law enforcement and service providers to provide addiction intervention for those struggling with substance abuse.
As an Assistant U. S. Attorney, Ruotolo had been assigned to the Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit, conducting long-term investigations and coordinating the efforts of law enforcement officers from various federal and local agencies to identify and proactively prosecute those responsible for the commission of violent crimes in and around the City of Newark. In addition, she managed a caseload of prosecutions, as well as other active investigations into crimes such as carjacking, drug distribution, robbery, and weapons offenses.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ruotolo, a certified trial attorney, was an associate at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, from September 2010 through January 2014. Ruotolo received her bachelor’s degree from New York University, with honors, and received her law degree with honors from New York Law School. She also previously clerked for the Honorable Ellen L. Koblitz, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.