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Ruthanne Gordon

Chief Administrative Officer & Shareholder

Biography

Ms. Gordon is a Shareholder in the Antitrust practice group and serves as the Firm’s Chief Administrative Officer. In the last few years alone, Ms. Gordon has served as one of the lead lawyers in antitrust class actions resulting in recoveries of hundreds of millions of dollars for the class members she has represented.

Ms. Gordon has played a lead role in litigation involving a wide range of industries, including the credit card industry, chemical products industries, the real estate industry, the computer industry, the public utility industry, the environmental services industry, the tobacco industry, the biotechnology industry and the healthcare industry, among others.

In addition, she represented a class of Pennsylvania inmates in a federal civil rights class action, resulting in the establishment of a statewide treatment program for Pennsylvania inmates suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their service in the Vietnam war.

Ms. Gordon has argued issues of the first impression before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in Ross v. American Express Company (concerning standing to invoke the interlocutory appeal provision of Section 16 of the Federal Arbitration Act, in a case alleging a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy) and before the New Jersey Supreme Court, in In re PSE&G Derivative Litigation (concerning the standard for excusal of demand in a duty of care case).

As a member of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association, Ms. Gordon has served as a panelist at the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, where she addressed the key issues that arise in the prosecution and defense of an antitrust class action lawsuit.

Prominent Judgments and Settlements

  • In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) ($190.7 million settlement)
  • Ross v. American Express Company (S.D.N.Y.) ($49.5 million settlement)
  • In re Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) ($336 million settlement)
  • In re Microcrystalline Cellulose Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) (case settled shortly before trial for $50 million)
  • In re Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) ($15.15 million settlement)
  • In re Puerto Rico Cabotage Antitrust Litigation (D.P.R.) ($52.25 million settlement)
  • In re Commercial Tissue Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Fla.) (settlement valued at $56.2 million)
  • In re Louisville Explosions Litigation (prosecuted through a six-week trial and settled at the close of plaintiffs’ case for more than one hundred percent of actual damages)

Credentials

Education:

Law School

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.

Undergraduate

University of Michigan, B.A.

Honors & Awards:


  • Named a 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer

  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, currently rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5; selected for the inaugural edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent  Women Lawyers™.

  • Designated a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” in 2007-2019, a distinction awarded to only 5% of the attorneys in the state


Publications


  • The Desirability of Bifurcating Class and Merits Discovery: A Plaintiff’s Perspective, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 2009


Admissions

Member – Pennsylvania Bar


Admitted – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Admitted – District of Arizona

Admitted – Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


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