Ruthie L. Goodboe

Shareholder Detroit (Metro) | Pittsburgh

Ms. Goodboe counsels and represents clients in all aspects of traditional labor law, including positive employee relations, National Labor Relations Board representation elections and campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and actions under the Labor-Management Relations Act.

She regularly assists with effective auditing, negotiating and administrating collective bargaining agreements, including handling numerous arbitrations involving discharge, discipline, sub-contracting and/or removal of bargaining unit work, recall rights, plant shutdown and other contractual issues. She also advises clients regarding strikes (including pre-strike planning and post-strike issues), “reserve gates,” corporate campaigns and boycotts.

She counsels and defends individual and class action federal and state employment litigation under Title VII of the Civil Right Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and corresponding state statutes. She provides compliance training and advice relative to such statutes, covenants not to compete, wrongful discharge, employment policies, affirmative action requirements under Executive Order 11246, constitutional claims under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, as well as other employment-related issues.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Virginia Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (International Law, and Labor & Employment Law Sections)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court XXVII


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''When the Pendulum Swings: Understanding the New Rules From the NLRB'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Mr. Trump Goes to Washington: Labor and Employment Developments in the First Year of the Trump Administration'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - '''Lawful or Unlawful'—An NLRB Gameshow Experience'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017

Published Works


Our Insights


Media Quotes

December 2014 - Workforce Magazine - "Unions Hashing It Out With Hashtags"
November 06, 2014 - Detroit Legal News - "Attorney Ruth Goodboe Discusses Ebola Rapid Response Team"
June 03, 2013 - InsideCounsel - "Internal Workplace Investigations and Confidentiality"