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Legal Experience

Ruth has over 30 years of experience mediating, arbitrating, litigating, and counseling organizations and individuals regarding issues arising under employment relations and labor laws. She is knowledgeable regarding claims of wrongful termination, wage-and-hour and executive compensation disputes, all forms of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of employment contract and other disputes arising out of the employment relationship. Ruth has also mediated commercial disputes as Special Master, Appellate Division First Department Pre-Argument Program and in private litigated matters.

ADR Panels

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, NY Chapter (See website)
  • CPR, Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Employment Mediation Panel (See website)
  • Cornell University Institute for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Panel
    (See website)
  • American Arbitration Association (See website)
    Employment & Labor Arbitration/Mediation Panels
  • Southern & Eastern District of New York Mediation Panels
  • Special Master, Appellate Division, First Department
    Pre-Argument Dispute Resolution Panel
  • ADR Panel of the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, Westchester County
  • Rockland County-CSEA labor arbitration and mediation panel

ADR Training

  • Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers,
    Mediation Workshop
  • ABA, AAA, NYSE, NASD Arbitrators’ Training Programs
  • Cornell University Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution,
    Advanced Mediator Training Program
  • Negotiations Workshop, NY County Lawyers’ Association
  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association
    Advanced Mediation Training
  • University and College Ombudsman Association
    New Ombuds Training Program

Legal Experience

  • Ruth D. Raisfeld P.C., Scarsdale, NY
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, 8/2002 – present
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, New York, NY
    Of Counsel (1995-7/2002). Associate, 1991-1995
  • Baer Marks & Upham, New York, NY
    Associate, 1988-1991
  • Spagna & Raisfeld, New York, NY
    Partner, 1987
  • New York Telephone, a NYNEX Company, New York, NY
    Attorney, 1984-1987
  • Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon, New York, NY
    Associate, 1981-1984
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, New York, NY
    1980-1981, Judicial Clerkship for Hon. William Hughes Mulligan

Bar & Association Memberships

  • BAR ADMISSIONS: New York State, Second & Third Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal, various U.S. District Courts
  • Elected Member, Board of Directors of Cornell University
    ILR Alumni Association
  • Chair, Westchester Bar Association ADR Committee
  • Member, NYSBA Labor & Employment Section
    Commercial & Federal Litigation Section and ADR Committee
  • Member, Fordham Law Alumni Advisory Committee (at invitation of the Dean)
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
    NY Lunch Group
  • Member, University & College Ombudsman Association


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY
    J. D. 1980 Honors: Commentary Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ithaca, NY
    B.S. 1977
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