Ruth Tyszka

Of Counsel

Admitted in Michigan

Ms. Tyszka is currently on leave from the firm to serve as a law clerk at the request of the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

An artist helping artists, Ruth Tyszka pursues dual careers as a lawyer and visual artist. Ms. Tyszka has been involved in the arts for almost three decades.  Earlier in life she worked as a professional musician.  As a visual artist and past author, songwriter, and photographer, Ms. Tyszka understands firsthand the value of protecting and capitalizing on intellectual property assets.

Ms. Tyszka has extensive experience in litigation, legal research and analysis with exceptional attention to factual detail. Ms. Tyszka started her legal career at a large Michigan-based international law firm where she gained experience in both transactional and litigation work.  Ms. Tyszka has managed complex litigation in multiple jurisdictions, in one instance coordinating workflow for related litigation in over thirty jurisdictions. She clerked for Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Most recently, Ms. Tyszka was appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Ms. Tyszka eagerly returns to a hands-on practice of law with a focus on helping others to bring their creative endeavors to life and to protect those creations in the marketplace.

Outside the office, Ms. Tyszka pursues her own fine art practice and serves as the Governance Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, the largest non-profit mosaic organization in the world. She is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, The Friends of Polish Art and the Mosaic Artists of Michigan.

Ms. Tyszka received her B.A. from Oakland University, where she played with the jazz guitar ensemble and was a contributing writer and photographer for the Oakland Post.

Ms. Tyszka is a graduate of the Journeyman Guitarist Program of the Guitar Institute of Technology at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California.

Ms. Tyszka received her J.D. cum laude from Wayne State University Law School, where she served as Production Editor of the Wayne Law Review. During law school Ms. Tyszka was a law clerk intern for Judge Nancy G. Edmunds in the Eastern District of Michigan, was a member of the Student Board of Governors, and served as a student representative on the Law School Building Committee.

Honors and Awards

Best in Show: Water Girl, 27th Annual Friends of Polish Art Fine Arts Competition, Galeria at Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, MI (juried) (2012).

People’s Choice Award and Honorable Mention: Heaven and Earth, The Friends Of Polish Art 21st Annual Kubinski Art Competition, Galeria at Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, MI (2006).

Order of the Coif

Sunita Kini Hard Hat Award, (recognizing a Wayne Law Review member who embodies the highest ideals of the Law Review and performs his or her duties with diligence and dedication).

Presentations and Publications

[All legal publications under prior legal name Ruth Swartout]

Jeffrey B. Snyder, ed., Mosaic Art Today, (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2012).  Art selected for cover photo: Parisian Birthday (cake from the Celebrate!™ series). Selected for publication: Cathedral Moment, All Blues III, Tracy’s Summer Patio Party and Parisian Birthday.

Paul Arlon, “Attorney Moves From Music To Become Master of Mosaic,” Motion Magazine For The Active Attorney, Fall 2010, p. 35.

Panel Presenter, New Lawyers’ Seminar, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, December 1, 2009.

Panel Presenter, “The Do’s and Don’ts For Practicing In Front Of Federal Judges,” Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, May 19, 2009


Co-author, Contract Zoning Now Legal in Michigan, HOT POINTS, Spring 2005.

Co-author, Feeling the Pinch: Cuts in Revenue Sharing Challenge Michigan Municipalities, HOT POINTS, Spring 2003.

Co-author, So You Want to Finance a Firehall? Michigan’s Revised Municipal Finance Act, 48 WAYNE L. REV. 363 (2002).

Author, Comment: The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, and Tax-Free Holiday Gifts Online: Who Picks Up the Sales Tax Tab? 47 WAYNE L. REV. 1027 (2001).

Collections and Permanent Installations

Honorary Consulate of Denmark, Detroit, MI.

Blue Bird, included in Mosaic Artists of Michigan installation, Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield, MI.

Mosaic floor (collaboration), Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Ghanzi, Botswana.





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