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Ruth J. Addison
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Ruth J. Addison is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on the areas of products liability, complex litigation, white collar criminal defense and family law. In addition to having direct responsibility for case management, she has been involved in all phases of litigation, including first chairing jury trials; drafting pleadings and motions, including motions to dismiss, motions for protective orders, motions to compel, motions for summary judgment, and motions in limine; and conducting all phases of discovery, including preparation of interrogatories and document requests, as well as assisting corporate clients with responses to discovery requests in complex tort litigation.
Prior to entering private practice, Ruth served as an assistant district attorney for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, where she tried in excess of 20 jury and non-jury trials.
Ruth received her undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa in 2004 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. While in law school, she was a member of several student organizations, including the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team and the Luther Bohanon Inn of Court. Ruth also had the opportunity to work in the University of Oklahoma’s Provost Office as a graduate assistant and later served as a judicial intern for two federal bankruptcy judges, the Honorable T.M. Weaver and the Honorable Niles Jackson, and as a law clerk for the Honorable David Lewis of the Court of Criminal Appeals. To date, she is the youngest graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, having graduated at age 21.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ruth serves as an adjunct professor of Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice at ITT Technical Institute in Tulsa. She is also a frequent speaker to youth in the community on careers in the law and the importance of seeking higher education.
In 2012, Ruth was named to the Journal Record’s list of Leadership in Law honorees in recognition of her professional and civic contributions to the state. The Tulsa County Bar Association also honored her with a president’s award for her leadership as chair of its diversity committee, which was recognized for its efforts in developing a program to educate high school students about legal careers that are often under-represented by minority groups. Tulsa Business & Legal News named her to its 2013 class of The Tulsa 40, honoring 40 young professionals who've made a positive impact on the business and civic communities before the age of 40.
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