Get To Know Gainesville Florida Immigration Lawyer Richard Ruth
Gainesville Florida immigration lawyer Richard Ruth was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For over 20 years, he has now called Gainesville, Florida home. He also spends certain weeks of the year in Oslo, Norway and Prague, Czech Republic as his wife Veronica has US, Norwegian and Czech citizenship and extensive close family abroad. Richard uses these European visits to provide US immigration workshops throughout Europe and has an extensive and cherished client network across the European continent.
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, Richard 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 25 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.
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 technology related businesses and is very active in the Gainesville Florida tech and start up community. 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 and services when it comes to employment-based immigration options and investor and treaty trader visa options where business plans are a key component of the process.
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 served for 17 years as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has taught MBA 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 including the Gainesville Sun and Florida Alligator. He has also made appearances on local news stations in Gainesville and Jacksonville Florida related to contemporary immigration issues.