Biography

Ignite Phoenix #5 by Sheila Dee

Ignite Phoenix #5 by Sheila Dee

Ruth Carter – Owner/Attorney 

I like puzzles. The law gives me a framework of rules & my clients give me a unique set of facts & circumstances. It’s my job to determine how the two fit together. I am insatiably curious. I love challenging situations like internet law where the applicable laws were often written before the internet existed & I have to figure out how the law can & should be applied. It’s hard work, but the part that makes it hard is also the part that makes it fun for me.

I live & breathe social media, blogging, & flash mob law. These are exciting areas of law that are still developing. I like to tinker with the numerous ways to approach these situations & decide what the strongest arguments are in a particular case. It’s critical that decisions regarding these areas of law are made correctly the first time by informed judges & legislators because changing the laws is an arduous process.

Prior to law school, I was a mental health therapist. I liked working with people & their problems, but it didn’t give me the same level of satisfaction I get from working in the legal field. As an attorney, I enjoy working with creative people & entrepreneurs. They have a wonderful energy & innovative ideas that feed my passion for the law. It’s a wonderful feeling to see a new endeavor get off the ground or to help an artist protect their work.

Outside my law practice, I am a co-founder of Improv AZ, a prank & flash mob troupe in Phoenix, & I am a volunteer assistant stage manager for Ignite Phoenix. In what little free time I have, I enjoy singing, hiking, & running. I am also a card-carrying geek & Trekkie.

 

Education

  • Juris Doctorate with an Intellectual Property Certificate, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Masters of Science – Counseling, Oregon State University
  • Honors Bachelors of Science – Psychology, Chemistry Minor, Oregon State University

 

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

 

Publications

 

Awards

  • Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2013
  • American Bar Association Legal Rebel, 2012
  • Phoenix New Times Big Brain Award Finalist, 2011
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