Ruth is the Founder of Jackson Lee | PA and Chief Encouragement Officer. She’s a consumer rights advocate with extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and inner workings of the corporate world. Her most recent accomplishment was convincing her husband to leave his prestigious position and use his expertise to help create a different kind of law firm ... one with a vision to provide compassionate legal services to consumers, not corporations.
While some young people dreamed of being ninjas or hot air balloon pilots, Ruth was first inspired to be an attorney when reading the classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird” in sixth grade. She was drawn to the role lawyers could play in helping individuals and furthering the public good. The book sparked a desire to join the legal profession, and fueled her (slightly dorky) love of “the law.”
This pursuit led Ruth to Liberty University, where she was a member of the nationally-acclaimed collegiate debate team (along with her future husband and now law partner, Jared). By the time she graduated from the Honor’s Program at 18, she had earned multiple first-place tournament championships in her division, most notably at the American Debate Association National Tournament and Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals. (*Cough* nerd)
Upon graduation, Ruth (and Jared — now married) studied at FSU College of Law. There, she served as a legal writing teacher's assistant, held significant positions on journals and participated on the moot court team. She also made it across the pond to spend a summer semester at Oxford University to eat her weight in fish and chips.
Ruth ultimately accepted a position at one of the oldest and largest law firms in the South. While her practice there focused on insurance and business law, she devoted time to several pro bono cases and joined Crossroads for Florida Kids, a non-profit organization that facilitates the free legal representation of children.
After cultivating her skills with some of the best attorneys in the field, Ruth launched Jackson Lee | PA in 2013 to pioneer a cutting-edge law firm that does not compromise values. The firm believes in the importance of integrity, passion, and diligence in and out of the courtroom and strives to build personal relationships with all who seek counsel.
In addition to being an attorney and wife of one, Ruth is a mom to five future world-changers and an adjunct professor for the Florida State University College of Law Juris Master program. She also serves as a board member for Pathway Homes of Florida, a non-profit aimed at preventing and ending homelessness in the community. But that’s just the public story. Behind the scenes, Ruth's an undercover tuba player and lover of all things upcycled, with an impressive wardrobe of black shirts. She’s seemingly never in anything but a good mood, except for when she turns on “beast-mode” in the courtroom. One of her greatest joys is practicing law with her husband, Jared.