Ruthie White is the Managing Principal of the Houston office of Jackson Lewis P.C. With more than two decades of legal practice and business experience, Ms. White combines legal expertise with a sound business sense to resolve employment disputes in and out of court.
Ms. White has a consistent track record of winning favorable decisions in discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases as well as defending clients in the energy, banking, technology, retail, health care and construction sectors.
Her broad in-house and outside-counsel knowledge is invaluable in advising employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues. These include drafting of employment policies and procedures, investigation of alleged employee misconduct, implementation of disciplinary and job performance procedures and development of selection criteria for reductions in force. She has presented numerous specially tailored employment law seminars for supervisors and managers geared to meet the needs of individual clients.
Ms. White has served as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law Houston and is currently a member of the law school's Board of Directors. She is also on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. She is a founder of The Downtown Group, a 200-member networking organization of African-American female lawyers, and contributes pro bono legal services to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Ms. White earned her J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1997. She received the 2006 South Texas College of Law Mamie Moore Proctor Trailblazer Award for being the first African-American female on the school’s law review. In 2014, she received the Association of Women Attorneys Premier Women in Law Award, to honor modern legal trailblazers. She was also chosen as a finalist for the Texas Minority Counsel Program’s (TMCP) 2016 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. This award recognizes individuals who have done the most to effectuate the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ms. White is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars hosted by law schools and bar associations across Texas. She is a member of the Labor & Employment Sections of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association and National Bar Association.