Shahirah Ruddell is a senior associate at Walsworth with extensive litigation experience in employment matters, including cases alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and disability accommodation claims. She handles all aspects of pretrial litigation, including managing case strategy, pleadings, discovery, depositions, law and motion, mediations and arbitrations, participating in settlement negotiations, and working closely with lead trial counsel to prepare cases for trial.
Prior to joining Walsworth, Shahirah represented clients in employment defense, construction litigation, and contractual disputes. She has handled matters for a wide variety of clients, including residential and commercial landlords, business owners and entities, and contractors. She was also one of several trial counsel representing a major public works contractor in a breach of contract case.
Shahirah was recognized as a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
- Employee v. Lithia Motors – In this Los Angeles Superior Court matter, the plaintiff alleged that he was terminated after a conversation with his supervisor in which he requested time off to seek follow-up medical care for his cancer. Plaintiff’s attorneys argued that this conversation constituted “notice” of his right to unpaid medical leave under FMLA/CFRA, and the true motive for his termination was retaliation for exercising his FMLA/CFRA rights and/or reporting unfair business practices. However, the arbitrator rendered a defense award in Lithia’s favor, finding that the plaintiff’s termination was lawful in all respects, after the defense successfully argued that there was no evidence to support the plaintiff’s claims of discrimination, pretext, or retaliation.
Outside the office, Shahirah enjoys cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.