Ruth S. Lee Johnson

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7027 |

Areas of Practice

Ruth’s practice is focused on class action defense, complex commercial litigation, and health care law. She has successfully represented clients in a variety of insurance, antitrust, health care, and contract disputes in state and federal courts across the country.

Professional Experience

  • Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Associate (2013-2015)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard Suhrheinrich (2012-2013)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ricardo Martinez (2012)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Marsha Pechman (2011)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • Texas


  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 2012)
    • Harvard International Law Journal, Articles Editor
    • Harvard Business Law Review, Notes Editor
    • John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business, Student Research Fellow (2011-2012)
    • Project on the Foundations of Private Law, Student Research Fellow (2011-2012)
    • Recipient of the Irving Oberman Memorial Writing Prize: Bankruptcy Law (2012)
    • National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Member
  • University of Washington (B.S., Mathematics, and B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 2009)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • University of Washington Math Club, Vice President (2008-2009)
    • University of Washington Disability Resources for Students Office, Volunteer (2008)
    • TOPS Elementary School, Math After-School Program, Enrichment Teacher (2007-2008)
    • Grand Prize Winner of Seattle Times Essay Competition (2006)
    • University of Washington Academy at the Robinson Center for Young Scholars, Student

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Class Action Defense
  • Diversity Committee
  • Electronic Discovery, Technology and Strategy
  • Health Care
  • Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
  • Litigation
  • Securities Litigation


Ruth is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today, covering the intersection of law and psychology.

  • “A Legal Analysis of Romantic Gifts,” University of Miami Law Review (2013)
  • “Over My Dead Body: A Better Approach to Testamentary Restraints on Marriage,” Marquette Elder’s Advisor Law Review (2012)
  • “Locking in Wedlock: Reconceptualizing Marriage Under a Property Model,” Barry Law Review (2012)
  • “Delaware’s Relevance in Chapter 22: Who is ‘Courting Failure’ Now?” Review of Banking and Financial Law (2012)
  • “Corporate Reorganization as Corporate Reinvention: Borders and Blockbuster in Chapter 11,” Harvard Business Law Review Online (2011)

Speaking Engagements

  • Medicare Advantage and Part D, Health Plan and Managed Care Contracting Affinity Group Open Member Call, American Health Lawyers Association (January 18, 2017)
  • “Five Things You May Not Know About the Texas Insurance Code That Could Help You Win Your Case,” Texas State Bar CLE 11th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course (2014)
  • “Lessons Learned From Lennar Homes,” University of Texas’ 18th Annual Insurance Law Institute Conference (2013)
  • “Refinable Functions: The Exceptional Case,” Research Experiences for Undergraduates Mathematical Conference (2008)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2017)
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
    • Washington Young Lawyers Committee Liaison, Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section (2015-2017)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Asian American Bar Association
  • Dallas Interfaith Housing Coalition
    • Volunteer, Homeless Shelter (2013-2015)
  • Member, Compassion International
  • Member, International Justice Mission


  • Mandarin Chinese