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The youngest of five children, Jason grew up on a farm in Lanesboro, Minnesota, where he developed his love of animals. In elementary school, he moved to the tiny town of Iola, Texas. He completed a BA and an MA in English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Prior to finding his true passion for law, Jason worked as a professor and a financial advisor. He went on to obtain his JD from the South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he graduated Cum Laude. While there, he was also awarded the Order of the Lytae and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and served on Law Review. He is currently a member of the Texas Bar College and recognized among Houstonia magazine’s Top Lawyers for Personal Injury.
In 2015, Jason joined the team at Stewart J. Guss, Personal Injury Attorneys. He now serves as a managing executive attorney for the firm, where he oversees the litigation department and supervises multiple offices across the country.
Jason resides in Houston with his beloved wife and children, as well as his dogs Cinder and Alaska, and his cats Moki and Ash. He enjoys traveling to visit his large extended family across the country. He is also an avid reader!
His top words of advice? “It’s never too late to try and become the person you are supposed to be.”
Get to Know: Jason Ruen
What does “client first” mean to you? “Personal injury deals with people in a lot of pain, both physical and mental. Putting the client first, to me, means that I need to always remember that, every single time I work on their case. It’s their pain, but it’s my calling to help them through it. I’ve had the privilege of helping to send kids to college after they lost a parent, helped to provide surgery for someone without health insurance or any money to pay, and I have been able to replace income for someone who has lost the ability to work. Those results appeal to me like no other area of law.”
What does it mean to you to work for Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law? “It is GREAT. I get to work with some of the best people I have ever met, all of which share a vision of helping people who have been hurt get the best possible recovery under the law. We treat people the way they should be treated, and we are very successful in doing it. We can’t help everyone, and sometimes we can’t get the result that we want, but we always try our hardest to get the best possible result for our clients, and that helps me sleep at night.”
How do you celebrate after a big win for a client? “My favorite way is to shake my client’s hand while giving them the good news. Afterwards I might celebrate with a glass of whiskey or scotch.”
Do you have any hidden talents or surprising hobbies? “I can ride horses and have run three marathons and multiple obstacle course races (Warrior Dashes and Alpha Warrior).”
What did you think you were going to be when growing up? “I thought I was going to be a pilot until I realized my eyes weren’t going to cut it.”
What is your go-to comfort food? “Diet Dr. Pepper.”
What is your favorite TV show or movie? “The Princess Bride.”
If you could know more about one thing, what would it be? “How to convince a jury to do the right thing every time.”