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Conny Kohler Ruthven



Conny brings a wealth of experience in many facets of corporate law to her role as a partner at Michael Best. Her practice includes advising on start-up formation, fundraising, drafting and negotiating contracts, and counseling clients through mergers and acquisitions. She also serves as outsourced general counsel for many of her clients.

Known for providing her clients with pragmatic counseling through transactions and the various stages of their company’s life cycle, Conny has helped many start-up companies succeed. She has assisted with launching companies in a variety of industries, guiding them through the many steps of getting off the ground, from a legal and financial standpoint.


Previously, she was general counsel for an internet marketing service company where she oversaw all contracts, managed corporate policies and procedures, maintained hundreds of entities in various jurisdictions, and managed compliance with laws and regulations. Prior to that role, she was senior vice president of administration, general counsel, and corporate secretary for a digital marketing and online advertising company, where she was responsible for legal, compliance, accounting/finance, and human resource functions.

A certified public accountant (CPA), Conny’s legal career started in mergers and acquisitions with a top accounting firm. She has also served as securities counsel for the Employees Retirement System of Texas.


  • Assisted a digital marketing company from formation through sale/acquisition
  • Assisted in the negotiation and closing of a software development agreement with one of largest players in the post-secondary testing space
  • Assisted client with management of more than 350 entities in various jurisdictions
  • Successfully implemented processes and controls within accounting and administrative function which resulted in the company successfully completing its initial financial audit

Professional Activities

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Texas Board of Public Accountancy, Certified Public Accountant



Community Involvement

  • Founding and Current Board Member, Dyslexia Center of Austin
  • Founding Board Member, Travis County Women Lawyer’s Foundation
  • Volunteer, Gorzycki Middle School
  • Volunteer, Bowie High School
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