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John A. Ruth

John A. Ruth

Location:
Jefferson City, Missouri
Phone:
573-298-4313
Fax:
573-636-3306
Email:

For more than 31 years, Mr. Ruth has effectively handled his clients' legal needs from litigation in state and federal court, to mergers, acquisitions and contract preparation for business clients, to representation before state agencies in Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri. Mr. Ruth's advocacy for his clients over this period of time has allowed him to develop a unique set of skills and knowledge that he puts to work to achieve the best possible results for his clients in a timely and efficient manner. Mr. Ruth is experienced in business and commercial transactional and litigation matters, employment law and real estate disputes, as well as personal injury and death claims. He has received recognition from the Missouri Lawyers Weekly for one of the top defendant's verdicts of the year in Missouri. Mr. Ruth has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest rating certification for legal ability and ethical standards. You may contact Mr. Ruth and let him put his legal experience to work for you.

Mr. Ruth, a founding member and shareholder of Newman, Comley & Ruth, is a Missouri lawyer through and through as he was born in Jefferson City in 1958, has been a lifelong resident of this city, received both his undergraduate and legal education at the University of Missouri and is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Missouri and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Mr. Ruth is also committed to his community and the legal profession. He has been elected to many leadership positions within his profession, including the Missouri Bar's Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and Young Lawyers' Council; House of Delegates for the American Bar Association; and president of the local Cole County Bar Association. Within the Jefferson City community, Mr. Ruth has served on the Board of Education for the Jefferson City School District, the Cole County Planning Commission, Board of Governors for Capital Region Medical Center, and is a Rotarian with the Jefferson City Downtown Rotary Club.

Areas of Practice

  • Business acquisitions, contracts and commercial litigation
  • Creditor's rights in bankruptcy
  • Employment Law including discrimination claims, non-compete and employment contracts and wage/hour matters
  • Real Estate
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Administrative Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Education

  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Law Review: University of Missouri Law Review, Member, 1982 - 1983
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Major: Business Administration-Accounting

Classes/Seminars

  • Trial Practice, Nov. 1993, Nov. 1995 & Sept. 1996, Missouri Bar
  • Employment Law, Current Development with ADA and FMLA, March 2000, Council on Education Management
  • Employment Law, Mental Impairment under the ADA, April 1998, Missouri Bar
  • Employment Law, Overview of the ADA, March 1994, Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Legal Services
  • Employment Law, Overview of the ADA, August 1993, Missouri Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ABA, House of Delegates, Member, 1992 - 1993
  • Missouri Bar, Board of Governors, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Missouri Bar Board of Trustees, Treasurer, 2007 - 2012
  • Missouri Bar, Young Lawyers Council, Member, 1989 - 1994
  • Cole County Bar Association, President, 1997, 1987 - Present
  • Jefferson City Rotary Club, Board of Directors & Paul Harris Fellow, 1988 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Omicron Delta Kappa

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