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RUTH MALINAS

Of Counsel

(210) 734-7092 x1118

Schedule a Mediation

Appellate Law

EDUCATION

St. Mary’s University School of Law (with distinction) (J.D.,1987)
Texas Women’s University (M.S., Nursing, 1978)
Vanderbilt University (BSN, Nursing, 1974)

ADMISSIONS

Texas State Bar–all Texas trial and appellate courts
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

HONORS

2007 Medmarc Attorney Honor Roll
Martindale–Hubbell AV rated since 2003
Martindale–Hubbell AV rated in Judicial Edition (2022–2023)
Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly's Super Lawyers (2003-2020)
Named one of the "Best Lawyers in San Antonio" in Scene in SA magazine (2005-2010)
San Antonio Magazine Top Lawyer 2019
Named one of San Antonio’s Outstanding Women in Law 2022

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

MEMBERSHIPS

Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, San Antonio Bar Association
Founding Member, San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section
Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Amicus Committee
Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Product Liability Advisory Council Sustaining Member (2006–2022)
Product Liability Advisory Council Board of Directors (Term 2009-2011)
Product Liability Advisory Council Case Selection Committee (2018–2022)

Ruth’s practice is devoted almost exclusively to appellate litigation. She has handled more than 100 appeals and original proceedings in various Texas and federal appellate courts. In addition to appealing and defending final judgments, Ruth provides appellate support during trial in complex cases throughout Texas, briefs and argues complex motions in trial courts, and handles mandamus proceedings. Substantively, Ruth’s docket has included product liability, legal and medical malpractice, general tort, and insurance coverage matters.


Ruth’s product liability experience includes such varied products as motor vehicles, medical devices, construction equipment, tires, and tractor–trailer trucks. She has handled numerous mandamus proceedings involving discovery orders and procedural matters and advises trial counsel on protecting trade secrets and other confidential information during litigation. In complex, high–risk cases, Ruth has attended trial and been responsible for various portions of the trial that take place outside the presence of the jury, such as: preparing and arguing trial motions and briefs; preparing proposed jury instructions and questions; participating in jury charge conferences; preparing and presenting objections to the jury charge; preserving error, and preparing and arguing post–trial motions. In appellate cases, Ruth is responsible from the time of judgment throughout the appellate process. A list of representative cases can be provided on request.


Ruth has lived in San Antonio since 1981. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. She loves music, dancing, gardening, and all types of needlework.

MILITARY

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