Ruth Anne focuses her practice on complex bet-the-company litigation, class actions and appeals. She capitalizes on her experiences as a federal clerk at both the trial and appellate levels to help clients assess current and future litigation challenges.
She has worked on both individual and multidistrict matters in courts across the country for a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, energy infrastructure and extraction, and product manufacturers. Ruth Anne understands the importance of developing discovery and trial records to preserve important issues if appellate review becomes necessary.
Ruth Anne is also firmly committed to providing pro bono services. Notably, she led an appellate team that secured a significant Missouri state appellate court victory ensuring that custodians of children who are entitled to counsel can access that help and that hearings in family court are full and fair for all participants. She also represents inmates presenting habeas petitions and in other pro bono appeals.
At Yale Law School, Ruth Anne was active in Yale Law Women, serving on the board as Community & Outreach chair and co-chairing a nationally publicized report on gender and legal education, Yale Law School Students and Faculty Speak Up about Gender: Ten Years Later. Through her clinic, she spent two years assisting the New Haven Corporation Counsel with affirmative projects related to housing conditions, accessible taxis and immigration detainers. Before attending law school, Ruth was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, which supported her graduate education at the University of Oxford.
Publications and Presentations
Class Action Law - Update, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 13, 2019 (with Tom Sullivan and Andrew Trask).
Hot Topics in Data Privacy and Security, Legal and Ethical Developments for In-House Counsel, Miami, Florida, November 30, 2018.
Ruth Anne French-Hodson and Jesse E. Weisshaar, When Aerospatiale Meets the GDPR: Can U.S. Litigants Expect Limits on Discovery of EU Personal Data?, Data and Discovery Strategies Client Alert (January 2018).
Scott Kaiser and Ruth Anne French-Hodson, United States, in Getting the Deal Through: Product Liability in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Law Business Research Ltd., 2018)
Marc Shelley and Ruth Anne French-Hodson, United States, in Getting the Deal Through: Product Liability in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Law Business Research Ltd., 2017)
Ruth Anne French-Hodson and Jesse E. Weisshaar, EU Data Protection Reforms on the Horizon – Impact on U.S. Discovery Obligations, Data and Discovery Strategies Client Alert (May 2016).
Marc Shelley and Ruth Anne French-Hodson, United States, in Getting the Deal Through: Product Liability in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Law Business Research Ltd., 2016).
The Continuing Gender Gap in Legal Education and What it Means for Law Firms and the Profession, Bacon-Thomas Lunch (Shook Hardy & Bacon), June 25, 2015.
Rule 23(c)(4) issue classes update, Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice Group Summit (Shook Hardy & Bacon), May 19, 2015.
Ruth Anne French-Hodson, The Continuing Gender Gap in Legal Education, The Federal Lawyer, July 2014, at 80.