A seasoned practitioner, renowned for excellence in dispute resolution.

Joe De Ruvo


You’ve almost certainly heard the saying “There’s no substitute for experience”. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and completely true when it comes to the legal arena. Tricky dispute resolutions in particular can often only be successfully navigated by a legal professional who’s been around and seen the lot… so it’s an incredibly smart idea to engage someone like Joe De Ruvo, who’s been doing it for years.

Joe has been busy building his powerful reputation for more than 30 years, developing innovative strategies and finely-tuned risk management skills which make him a formidable, effective force in dispute resolution. Fortunately for DW Fox Tucker clients, Joe’s journey has led him here to his current roles as Managing Director and head of our Dispute Resolution & Insolvency team.

When you have access to Joe’s expertise in these areas, you’ll see how quickly and cost-effectively  dispute resolution can be done, often deftly avoiding expensive litigation. However, if your matter does head to court, Joe’s three decades on the scene helps to ensure the right strategies are in place and aimed squarely at the best possible outcome.

Joe has been involved in some of the largest, most complex and longest running proceedings in Australia, including many matters in the High Court – one of which resulted in a law change on causation and foreseeability in negligence claims. This precedent is one of many successes that put Joe at the cutting edge of his craft.

Even now after so long in practice, Joe still enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. His experience encompasses commercial disputes of all kinds for businesses operating in a diverse range of industries and market sectors. He can help you with contractual disputes, insolvency litigation, competition and consumer law issues, government litigation and advisory, corporations law disputes, banking and finance, trust disputes and professional indemnity.

Joe's Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Insolvency

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Insolvency & Reconstruction

Agribusiness disputes

Banking and finance

Competition and consumer law disputes

Contractual disputes

Corporations law disputes

Estate disputes

Franchising disputes

Government litigation and advisory

Intellectual property disputes

Judicial review applications

Possession proceedings

Professional indemnity

Property disputes

Trust disputes

What Clients Say

After engaging DW Fox Tucker on a small local matter, we now deal exclusively with them. We’ve nothing but praise… The relationship at all levels extends beyond the traditional firm approach.

Neil Chappell
Head of Region SEA, India, Pacific - ZF Lemförder Australia Pty Ltd
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Being a national business and market leader, it has been essential for Metropolitan and associated companies, to align with a proactive legal entity that is able to provide support for all facets of our business. Over 10 years of working together, we have found Joseph and his team of legal specialists at DW Fox Tucker have excelled at every occasion we have required their services, giving us our desired result each time.

David Ellingsen
Metropolitian Plumbing Electrical Air Conditioning
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The accolades DW Fox Tucker receive are no accident and highly deserved. I have some insight into how lawyers and law firms operate and can say without any exaggeration that in my experience DW Fox Tucker are the best. Their lawyers are highly professional and super intelligent. I very much appreciate their work and the knowledge they share, which has helped me to become a better business owner.

Chris Harris
CEO & SMSF Specialist Adviser - Exelsuper
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I have come to know Joe De Ruvo of DW Fox Tucker Lawyers through unfortunate circumstances, but I am very fortunate to have met him. His support and guidance during a difficult time is very hard to value, but I know that it has brought me great comfort. Feeling that your best interests are being represented at all times is very reassuring. As well as having a great heart, he has a great mind, and he would be hard to go past if you ever were in need of a legal hand.

Scott Tolhurst



DOYLESGUIDE-LOGO2_000Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listing:
Recommended Leading Insolvency & Reconstruction Lawyer – Adelaide, 2014 & 2016

Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Adelaide, 2016

Best Lawyers in Australia Listing:
Alternative Dispute Resolution – 2018

Corporate LiveWire Awards:
Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year (Australia), 2014

Lawyers Weekly Awards
Managing Partner of the Year, National Finalist, 2011


aritaAustralian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)

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