Attorney for Illinois and Missouri
Ruth draws from extensive professional experience and four degrees of higher education in her practice of law. She grew up in New Athens, Illinois, graduating from New Athens High School followed by a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. Soon after, she began an education career as a teacher, principal, and superintendent that included a Masters and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees from Southern Illinois University.
Building on her experience as a public educator, Ruth pursued her passion of fighting for area residents and businesses as an attorney. During her Juris Doctorate (JD) education at Southern Illinois University, Ruth worked with the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation helping domestic violence victims and families in need. Those experiences inspired her to co-found RISE Law Institute, a non-profit dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and cyber-stalking. She serves as RISE’s Executive Director.
At KOPIS Law, Ruth is known for taking a strong stand for her client’s interest, on cases that range for auto accidents to slip and falls. She can be tough, standing firm for her client, and when needed, negotiate a fair settlement. At all times, though, she keeps her client’s interests paramount.
Since law school, the breadth and depth of Ruth’s work has grown into the tort and litigation practice that it is today through her commitment to quality and success for her clients and her involvement in the legal community.
Ruth is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Missouri State Bar Association (MSBA), St. Clair County Bar Association, and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL). She is also a member of the prestigious ISBA Privacy Law and Information Security Council.
Ruth holds licenses to the Illinois Bar, Missouri Bar, Eastern District of Missouri (Federal Court), and Southern District of Illinois (Federal Court).
In her free time, she is an avid ballroom and country-western dancer, and enjoys attending events such as the St. Louis Symphony, Fox Theater, and Cardinals baseball games.