Catherine Ruckelshaus

Legal Director and General Counsel


Catherine Ruckelshaus is general counsel and legal director at the National Employment Law Project, where she leads the Legal Department’s work fighting to support workers’ rights and economic security for all.

Her primary areas of expertise are the labor and employment rights of low-wage contingent and immigrant workers and the barriers those workers face in gaining access to baseline job protections.

Cathy co-founded the National Wage & Hour Clearinghouse, a network of attorneys and advocates from legal services, the private bar, academia, and government, dedicated to advancing labor standards for all workers, and regularly advises national allies to promote state and federal public agency enforcement reforms in the workers’ rights arena.

Cathy has litigated complex cases and written amicus briefs in most federal circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court on wage and hour and low-wage worker topics.  She regularly provides testimony to Congress and state legislatures, and comments frequently in the national media on these issues. Ms. Ruckelshaus is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School. She was in the first class of Skadden Arps Fellows in 1989. Cathy is admitted to practice law in New York.


J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., Princeton University

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