Eleanor Ruffner



Commercial Litigation

(512) 275-6277




Eleanor Ruffner has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2004.  She has litigated a variety of matters in state and federal court, handling disputes from pre-suit investigation and counseling through exhaustive appeals.  Over the course of her career, she has represented and advised individuals, small businesses, and international companies on a broad range of subjects, including commercial and contract disputes, fiduciary obligations, business divorces, securities law violations, intellectual property claims, antitrust regulations, personal injury defense (including toxic tort, premises, and products liability), professional malpractice, and constitutional rights.

At Ruffner Schoenbaum, Eleanor focuses her practice on the litigation needs of the firm’s business clients.

In addition to her private law practice, Eleanor also serves as an adjunct at the University of Texas School of Law.  In the Fall Semester, she teaches Intensive Trial Skills and serves as an instructor for the UT Law Advocacy Program's Fall Litigation Institute.  In the spring, she serves as an instructor for the UT Law Advocacy Program's Spring Trial Academy and teaches Advocacy outside the Courtroom.  

Eleanor and her husband, Tom (also an attorney in Austin), have two young children and a rescue dog.  In her recreational time she practices yoga with more enthusiasm than skill.


State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas


J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas School of Law, 2004.

B.A. (summa cum laude), The University of Mississippi, 2001 (Philosophy and English).

  • Phi Beta Kappa


"Strategic Venue," The Advocate, vol. 72 (Fall 2015), with Alex W. Albright.

"CLE Update:  Executive Actions Impacting U.S. Immigration -- What's Happening and What's Next?" Austin Lawyer, vol. 26 no. 2 (March 2017), with Kate Lincoln Goldfinch (available online here)


"Overcoming Evidentiary Objections," Advanced CAFA 2015 CLE (October 22, 2015).


"Austin Bar Association Member Spotlight:  Meet Eleanor Ruffner," January 25, 2016 (available online here).

Kocian, Ryan.  "Austin Poets between a Pit and a Pendulum."  Courthouse News Service, August 5, 2015 (available online here).

Osborn, Claire.  "Manager tells breastfeeding mom:  no food or drink allowed in pool."  Austin American Statesman, July 14, 2015 (available online here).

Professional Associations, Activities, and Recognition:

Texas Bar Association

  • Litigation and Antitrust and Business Litigation Sections

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Austin Bar Association

  • CLE Committee, 2013-present (co-chair, 2015-16)
  • Diversity Bar Committee, 2015-present
  • Bench Bar Committee, 2014-15

Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation

Austin Young Lawyers Association

Austin Mother Attorney Mentoring Association

  • Board Member and Communications Coordinator, 2014-present

Travis County Women Lawyer's Foundation

  • Board Member, 2015-present
  • Fellow, 2015-present

Travis County Women Lawyers Association

Texas Rising Star (Thompson Reuters), 2015-2017

If you are interested in having Eleanor speak to your group please email eleanor@rslawtx.com