Trial Lawyer & Owner

Joseph Ruiz was born in Spain and raised in Houston, Texas. Following graduation from Klein Forest High School, Joseph earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. While attending law school, Joseph clerked for a medical malpractice firm and served as a staff writer for the prestigious St. Mary’s Law Journal. As a newly minted lawyer, he worked in commercial litigation, representing large corporations. He quickly realized that his true passion was fighting for the freedom and constitutional rights of individuals charged with crimes. After ten years of fighting in countless courtrooms for a big law firm and trying over 325 jury trials, Mr. Ruiz founded the Law Office of Joseph Ruiz, PLLC with the mission of expanding access to exceptional, personalized DWI and criminal defense representation to the people of Harris County, and its surrounding counties, at reasonable fees. Additionally, as a fluent Spanish speaker, Joseph is uniquely positioned to protect a broader cross-section of the community. Mr. Ruiz believes it to be an honor and privilege to advocate for his clients’ freedom. Joseph is happily married and enjoys playing basketball, reading, and traveling in his spare time.

Bar Admissions

  • 2004 State Bar of Texas


Vanderbilt University, 2201 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37235
BA - Bachelor of Arts - 2001
St. Marys University School of Law, 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) - 2004

Career Highlights

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers - 2016
  • Top Lawyers - Houstonia Magazine - 2016
  • Attorney of the year - Sullo & Sullo, L.L.P. - 2011


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