Ellie S. Ruth



Ellie Ruth has a background in both trials and appeals, which provides her with a wide range of insights and understanding about what’s needed to deliver persuasive, effective advocacy.

Ellie joined GMSR after four years working as a research attorney for Justice Brian M. Hoffstadt of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, where she developed an inside perspective on what makes for optimal appellate advocacy—including comprehensive legal research and record review and focused, concise briefing.  Her work at the court spanned business disputes, constitutional law, civil procedure, employment, contracts, property, family law and probate, as well as felony and juvenile dependency cases.

Before she joined the Court of Appeal, Ellie was a trial attorney in Austin, Texas, where she represented clients in felony, misdemeanor and administrative courts throughout the state.  Her trial experience—along with her tenacious, creative approach to problem-solving—makes her a highly effective oral advocate.

Before her legal career, Ellie worked in public relations, where she developed and implemented public and media relations campaigns for businesses and multinational organizations.  She applies that experience to her written and oral advocacy on behalf of clients, capturing the attention of readers through compelling and memorable arguments.

Ellie holds an undergraduate degree with high honors from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  While always a Texan at heart, Ellie is happy to call Los Angeles home.

Speaking and Involvement

The Year in Review: A Summary of Recent Cases, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
The Year in Review: A Summary of Recent Cases, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Handling Evidentiary Issues on Appeal, California Lawyers Association Appellate Summit

Professional Associations

LACBA State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (2018 - Present)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)