John A. Ruth







For more than 34 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, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and in the United States Supreme Court.

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. He is also a Fellow of the Missouri Bar Foundation having been selected for his significant contributions to the Missouri Bar, a recognition limited to 1% of the total members of the Bar. 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

Bar Admissions

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


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

Representative Cases


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


  • Omicron Delta Kappa