Ruth A. Shapiro

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Ruth’s practice focuses on personal injury defense and employment matters.  She is a well-respected trial attorney defending catastrophic injury, wrongful death, employment, product liability, and premises liability cases. Ruth has numerous defense jury verdicts in a variety of cases.

In her 25+ years of practice, Ruth has averaged two trials per year. In the past four years alone, Ruth has obtained defense jury verdicts in matters involving a double fatality from a truck accident (with a $22 million demand), a $2.8 million catastrophic injury case, a fatality from use of farm equipment (with a $3 million demand), an employment contract dispute, employment discrimination, premises liability, and a snow tubing, skier-collision.

Ruth has practiced with law firms in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. She also served as in-house counsel for a large liability insurance carrier’s third-party administrator. Prior to enrolling in law school, Ruth played professional tennis, traveling throughout North America to compete. Ruth currently participates in local, regional, and national road cycling events with a regional cycling team.  Ruth also serves on USA Cycling’s Safety Advisory Committee.

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School, 1992
  • B.A., Lafayette College, History, 1986

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • Federal District Court, District of Utah
  • Idaho State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Utah State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Utah Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ski Utah, Board of Directors member 2002-2008
  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates 2018
  • Member of Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
  • Defense jury verdict in a catastrophic trucking accident matter involving loss of vision
  • Defense jury verdict in a farm equipment fatality matter in which there was a $3 million demand
  • Defense jury verdict in a double fatality trucking matter in which there was a $22 million demand
  • Defense jury verdict in a premises liability matter involving significant lower extremity injuries
  • Defense jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case involving a recreational accident
  • Defense jury verdict in a significant personal injury matter involving a truck versus bicycle accident
  • Defense jury verdict in an employment contract dispute
  • Defense jury verdict in a Federal employment discrimination matter
  • Successful defense of a racial discrimination class action brought by the EEOC
  • Successful defense of a non-compete agreement dispute
  • Successful defense and no-cause findings involving discrimination claims of gender, race, disability, national origin, and retaliation
  • Successful defense of numerous claims of wrongful termination (actual and constructive), failure to promote, failure to hire, and wage violations
  • Successful defense of numerous matters involving claims of sexual harassment
  • Successful defense of numerous matters involving medical and pharmaceutical malpractice before the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing