Ruthie L. Goodboe

Shareholder || Detroit (Metro), Pittsburgh

Ruthie Goodboe is Co-Chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Traditional Labor Relations practice group. Over the last 20 years, Ruthie has partnered with labor relations/human resource professionals, corporate executives, operational management and in-house counsel to develop and tactically implement strategies to build issue free environments within each client’s business model and industry. She has managed over 100 union organizing drives and decertification campaigns, with a high rate of success and minimal unfair labor practice charges. She works within a variety of industries and with clients of all sizes and sophistication advising on such matters as strikes, corporate campaigns, boycotts, joint, single and successor employer claims and mergers and acquisitions.

For those clients who have represented workforces, Ruthie regularly directs and conducts effective auditing, negotiation and administration of 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 works with major corporations to align negotiating strategies at the bargaining table with business goals as first chair bargainer, strategist or by supporting negotiations behind the scenes.

An integral part of her practice, Ruthie develops and presents employee and management training related to all aspects of employment law and labor relations with the goals of enhancing employee-management communication, developing a well-rounded, compassionate and objective management team, minimizing liability and avoiding litigation.

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  • J.D., College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, 1983

Admittance to Practice

  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Activities

  • Virginia Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment, Franchising Sections)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
  • Alleghany County Bar Association (Labor & Employee Section, Women in the Law Division, Military and Veteran’s Affair Committee)
  • Co-Chair, Cardozo Society, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Lion of Judah, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Headline News - Key Developments Impacting Employers" - Las Vegas - May 2, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Interactive Campaign Workshop, Round 1: Before the Campaign" - Las Vegas - December 6, 2018
  • Restaurant Law Center Legal Summit (National Restaurant Ass’n) - "The Fight for $15: Five Years Later" - Chicago - October 25, 2018
  • 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 9, 2017
  • American Bar Association, 39th Annual Forum on Franchising - "In the Trenches: What Every Franchise Lawyer Needs to Know About Labor Unions and Union Organizing Activities" - Miami Beach - November 3, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "'Lawful or Unlawful'—An NLRB Gameshow Experience" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Webinar/Podcast Series - "Third Thursdays with Ruthie – Straight Talk About Labor Issues Facing Your Workforce" - 2017 - 2019
  • Independent Hardee's Franchisee Association - "Union Organizing: The New Reality" - Atlanta - October 7, 2015
  • July 2016 - Avanti Magazine - "New Overtime Rules Impact 7-Eleven Franchisees"
  • December 2014 - Workforce Magazine - "Unions Hashing It Out With Hashtags"
  • June 3, 2013 - InsideCounsel - "Internal Workplace Investigations and Confidentiality"
  • May 20, 2013 - InsideCounsel - "NLRB's Posting Requirement Violated Employers' Free Speech Rights"
  • May 6, 2013 - InsideCounsel - "Handling Requests for Information in Collective Bargaining"
  • December 2011 - Labor & Employment, American Health Lawyers Association - "Update On Specialty Healthcare"
  • July 31, 2008 - Law360 - "New Alternatives Force Employers to Rethink Rules"
  • 2008 - Working With Government Agencies In Labor Law - "Improving Client Outcomes Through Improved Communication"
  • November 6, 2014 - Detroit Legal News - "Attorney Ruth Goodboe Discusses Ebola Rapid Response Team"
  • Virginia Business, Virginia Legal Elite, Labor & Employment (2006)

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