Get To Know Attorney Richard Ruth


flagRichard L. Ruth, Esquire was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He now calls Gainesville, Florida and Oslo, Norway home, splitting his time between both cities. He also spends occasional time in Prague, Czech Republic.

Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Computer Science from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he graduated with honors. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he also graduated with honors and achieved a top ten rank in his graduating class. While at Stetson College of Law, Mr. Ruth was a faculty research assistant in the fields of international law and labor and employment law, and received an award from The Florida Bar recognizing him as the state's top labor and employment law student. He also participated in many advocacy competitions, and received several awards for those efforts.

Richard’s nearly 20 years of legal practice experience has involved extensive client counseling, litigation advocacy, and appellate advocacy, in federal and state administrative, judicial, and appellate forums. His practice experience has been substantially devoted to the worldwide representation of individuals, families and employers in US immigration matters. He is admitted to both The Florida Bar and The Wisconsin Bar, and is admitted to practice before all State of Florida and State of Wisconsin courts, before federal courts in both the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and before the federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Richard provides representation worldwide with regard to family, business and employment US immigration matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State embassies and consulates.

Richard’s frequent presence in Europe, and his own personal experience applying for Norwegian family residency, has enabled him to fully understand first hand the frustration and confusion that international clients feel about United States immigration law. Richard also appreciates how individuals and employers outside the United States often are challenged in obtaining accurate and timely information about US laws and processes. Thus, he strives to truly make international clients feel at ease about US immigration matters, and to fully inform his clients about the processes and procedures that may work best for them.

In addition to his law practice, Richard also owns several small businesses. This real-world entrepreneurial and business experience enables Richard to understand not only the immigration needs of employers and “start ups”, but also the practical business realities facing such organizations. Richard’s business experience, combined with his knowledge of immigration law, allows Richard to offer his business immigration clients truly comprehensive advice.

Richard is a frequent lecturer on the inter-related fields of employment law, immigration law, and business law issues at regional and national seminars, and has published several noteworthy articles in reputable law reviews and legal journals.  He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has taught graduate level courses in employment law and labor relations law, as well as an undergraduate course in Business Law. Richard also is widely available for press inquiries on important trending issues in immigration law, and his viewpoints and input have been used by several major media outlets in North and Central Florida.