Forensic Lawyer-Scientist

About ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Joseph Ruiz from Texas


Joseph Ruiz was born in Spain and raised in Houston, Texas from the age of 3. 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. As a new lawyer working in civil litigation, he quickly realized that his true passion was fighting for the freedom and constitutional rights of individuals charged with crimes.

After a 9-year stint at a large law firm, and after trying hundreds of jury trials, Mr. Ruiz launched the Law Office of Joseph Ruiz, PLLC in 2016 with the mission of expanding access to exceptional, personalized DWI and criminal defense representation to the people of Harris County, and its surrounding counties. While the firm can handle any type of criminal case, it continues to maintain an emphasis in DWI-related charges. Joseph routinely completes 3-4 times the required number of continuing legal education hours annually to constantly improve his ability to defend his clients. He was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2023 for Criminal/DWI, is AV-Preeminent-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, enjoys a 10/10 AVVO rating, was selected by Houstonia Magazine as a Top Lawyer, in addition to being on the Houston Chronicle’s Best Criminal Lawyer’s List.

Additionally, as a fluent Spanish speaker, Joseph is uniquely positioned to protect a broader cross-section of the community. Based in a city as diverse as Houston, Texas, Mr. Ruiz has had the pleasure of representing clients from literally every corner of the world. Mr. Ruiz believes it to be an honor and privilege to advocate for his clients’ freedom and to protect their futures, so that they can go on to achieve everything they want out of life.

Joseph is happily married and has two wonderful boys. He enjoys running, cycling, reading, and traveling in his spare time.