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Ruth Irene Major

Employment and labor Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 5 years
    Illinois - IL 33 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1990
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ruth

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Practice area
  1. Employment and labor
    I practice in the area of employment law, primarily representing professionals and executives. My clients have included doctors, lawyers, chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief information officers, chief technology officers, accountants and other professionals in a wide range of employment areas.

    34 years

For discreet and confidential legal advice regarding their most sensitive employment issues, business executives and professionals across the country look to attorney Ruth Major. She has handled legal matters involving federal or Illinois law in Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania, including litigated matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Ms. Major has been licensed to practice law in Illinois for 33 years and recently expanded her practice to include Arizona. Ms. Major is uniquely qualified to represent executives and professionals in all aspects of employment law. Having represented first-tier employers and employees, Ms. Major understands both sides and uses that unique perspective to the advantage of her clients. As a chief attorney in the employment law department of a large corporation in Chicago, Ms. Major was involved in handling a wide range of employment matters as an insider, including participating in decision-making that affected executives at the highest levels. She now applies the invaluable knowledge and experience she has acquired representing blue chip employers for the benefit of executive-level employees and small businesses.

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The Law Offices of Ruth I. Major PC
77 W Wacker Drive
Suite 4500
Chicago, IL, 60601


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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great legal advice
I needed some last minute legal assistance and Ruth and her team made it possible. I liked her legal feedback and approach as it was straight to the point
Posted by Doug | January 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best money I ever spent
I have nothing but praise for the work by Ruth Major in negotiating my employment contract. She found critical errors in the verbiage prepared by my employer which essentially denied severance payment beyond the first year. I am extremely happy with the result and encourage anyone who is given an employment contract to run it by Ruth first.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Penny Nathan Kahan & Associates
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP (Formerly Gardner Carton & Douglas)
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • DLA Piper
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Chief Attorney
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • 1998 - 2001
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  • University of Iowa
  • Juris Doctorate with Distinction
  • 1990
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. with Honors
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Eng v. Spectrum Systems
  • Summary judgment in favor of my client.
  • Erickson v. Deutsche Bank
  • Case Settled
  • Szenda v. Exxon Mobil
  • Case Settled.
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  • Federal Bar Association Membership Membership Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Employment Law Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • The Public Interest Law Initiative
  • Former Fellow and Current Sponsor
  • 1990 - Present
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Board Member - Alliance for Women
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer - Employment Law: Employee
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 2014
  • Selected as among Top Ten Employment Lawyers in Chicago Area
  • Ten Leaders
  • 2010
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  • The Federal Lawyer
  • McDonnell Douglas: The Oft-Misunderstood Method of Proof
  • 2012
  • Labor & Employment Law Section Update
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Practicing Law Institute's Employment Law Institute
  • Methodology Used in Selecting Cases
  • 2010
  • Franchising World
  • Military Leave: An Employer's Obligation
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago Bar Association's Labor and Employment Committee Meeting
  • Current Developments in Non-Compete Law
  • 2011
  • Practicing Law Institute's Employment Law Institute
  • Plaintiffs' Counsel: Methodology for Selecting Cases
  • 2010
  • Trade Secret Litigation Section Meeting
  • Trade Secrets
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ruth and I worked together on a hotly contested litigation matter in federal court. Ruth was a very tenacious and knowledgeable advocate, both practical and strategic, and achieved an extremely favorable outcome."
Employment and labor

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Chicago Employment and labor Lawyer Ruth Irene Major
Ruth Irene Major
Employment and labor Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 33 years