Legal Director and General Counsel

(646) 693-8221 ext. 8221
New York City Office

Areas of Expertise

Enforcement of Workplace Standards • Immigrants and Work • Nonstandard Workforce • Wage and Hour Protections


Cathy Ruckelshaus joined NELP in 1995, after working for the Employment Law Center in San Francisco. For over 20 years, she has litigated and advocated for policy reforms promoting the workplace rights of immigrant and non-standard workers (part-time, temporary and subcontracted workers), enforcement of wage and hour and workplace laws, and anti-discrimination and family and medical leave laws. She has litigated class action lawsuits in state and federal court and authored several amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal. In 2003, she was honored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for successfully litigating on behalf of New York City’s immigrant workers, and in 1989 she was a Skadden Fellow.


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

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