Betty Ruth’s practice focuses on the areas of environmental law and bankruptcy. From 1993 to 2002, Betty Ruth was a Senior Attorney with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and worked in regulation and enforcement in every MDEQ Program Area, coordinating with federal, state, and local agencies and governing authorities. Betty Ruth also worked as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice/U. S. Trustee Program in civil bankruptcy enforcement.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Jurisprudence awards – Remedies, Uniform Commercial Code I, and Insurance
  • Recipient of Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice (April 1999) for assistance in support of the activities of the Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-22, Environment)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - (2023, Environmental Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, (2013-24, Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-17, Environmental Law)
  • Mississippi College Law Review, Executive Editor

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar (Business Law and SONREEL Sections)
  • Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, Director and Credit Abuse Resistance Education Committee, Chair
  • Chapel of the Cross (Bread Baking Committee)
  • Stewpot Community Services, Volunteer
  • Uganda Mission, Volunteer

Articles & Publications

  • "Westlaw's Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law", Chapter31 - Environmental Law, October 2016 Update (co-author)
  • "Amazing Potential for Redevelopment of Abandoned Contaminated Sites" Mississippi Business Law Reporter, Volume 4:3, Fall 2013
  • "Interactions of the Caribbean Basin Initiative and U.S. Domestic Sugar Price Support: A Political Contradiction," Mississippi College Law Review, Fall 1988


Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, cum laude, 1988

Bachelor's Degree: B.B.A., Millsaps College, 1980