Ruth Ann Hepler has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1991. Her legal experience includes 13 years at the Public Defender’s Office, more than three years in solo practice, and more than four years practicing with local attorney Michael P. Sullivan. Ruth Ann and Mike wrote four books, including two focused on criminal defense: The State of Florida v. YOU: The Accused’s Guide to Defending a Florida DUI Charge and Domestic Violence In the State of Florida: Beware, Know Your Rights, Get a Lawyer. In addition to defending all kinds of criminal cases, she has handled family law, adoptions, and Social Security disability claims. Ruth Ann also spent a few years in the nonprofit sector, doing development work at both City Rescue Mission and Catholic Charities.
Ruth Ann received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and her law degree from the University of Florida. She recently completed a Master’s in Public Policy at Jacksonville University.
Ruth Ann and her husband Carey are the owners of Fibrenew Jacksonville, a mobile leather repair service. They were married in 1991 and have three adult daughters. Ruth Ann is a charter member and past president of the San Marco Rotary Club. She is president of the West Council of the JaxChamber, and she serves on the boards of the Friends of Willowbranch Library and Elder Source. She was a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Jacksonville and served on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. In addition, she was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, on which she served for five years.