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Ruth E. Robinson


Practice Areas


IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1991

IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, Environmental Law Certificate

Northern Illinois University, B.S. in Nursing, 1984



Ruth puts 110% into any project she handles for a client. Ruth has been successfully resolving matters in and out of the courtroom for the last 25 years. Ruth has led matters to verdict in seven northwest Illinois counties. She has handled more than 60 arbitration hearings, numerous bench trials and has favorably resolved dozens of matters through dispositive motions.

Ruth handles general litigation matters like breach of contract, retail premises litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice and catastrophic and complex defense litigation. An environmentalist of sorts, Ruth also provides services to the agribusiness industry in areas like real estate and land use, contracts, and general liability.

As chair of the firm’s agribusiness practice, Ruth manages a team providing comprehensive legal services to agricultural operations throughout the Midwest. As managing partner of the firm’s Rockford office, Ruth maintains a strong commitment to strengthening firm ties with the Rockford community.

In addition to her work as a litigator, Ruth is also an arbitrator in binding arbitration cases and uninsured/underinsured matters with the American Arbitration Association and the Winnebago County Mandatory Arbitration Program.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ruth received her Bachelors of Science Degree in nursing and was a practicing nurse.

Outside the office Ruth devotes her time to her hobby farm, traveling to horse shows and bird watching. She participates in the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas and spring bird counts.


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Memberships & Involvement

  • Winnebago County Bar Association: Estate Section Vice Chair, 2017-2018; Chair, Trial and Appellate Committee, 2013-2014; Chair, Law Practice Management Committee, 2010-2011; Vice Chair, Law Practice Management Committee, 2009-2010; Board of Directors, 2008-2011
  • Member: Illinois State Bar Association Agricultural Law Section Council, 2016-2018; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Illinois State Bar Association (Environmental and Agricultural Law Sections); American Arbitration Association’s Illinois Uninsured Motorist Panel; American Agricultural Law Association; The Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Board of Directors: Visiting Nurses Association (Rockford Health System), 2013-2016


Presentations & Events

  • The Public Guardian / OSG's Statutory Obligation to Monitor Wards
    Illinois Guardianship Association's Spring Conference; Chicago, IL, May 10, 2017
  • The Role of Guardian Ad Litem in Adult Guardianship Cases
    17th Judicial Circuit Court, Boone County, Illinois, May 17, 2013
  • Webinar, May 2, 2013