Kathrine A. Ruttkofsky

Kathrine A. Ruttkofsky

Associate

Detroit

734-591-2038

734-591-2073


Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. cum laude
  • University of Toledo, B.S. Paralegal Studies cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2013

After viewing too many personal and socioeconomic injustices, Kathrine decided to take matters into her own hands and become a lawyer. The profession has not disappointed her, as she enjoys being able to provide strong advocacy to her clients every day. Believing that all people should have equal access to legal assistance, Kathrine uses her knowledge and open mind to help others and learn more about adversity through different perspectives. Kathrine is especially helpful to her clients, as she is able to simplify the most intricate issues and produce efficient and creative solutions. Clients can expect to work with a committed attorney with Kathrine, as she is driven by challenges and the chance to be successful.

Important Litigation Involvement

  • Assisted in the management of thousands of asbestos and silica claims in Ohio and Michigan. Based on administrative claim agreements, Kathrine analyzed medical records including expert reports, treating physician records, and written discovery documents to evaluate claims for purposes of making settlement recommendations.
  • Managed discovery documents for clients including organizing the documents, reviewing the documents, and locating/identifying the documents for discovery purposes.
  • Participated in screening physicians to identify duplicate claims filed by a plaintiff alleging injury from asbestos exposure and injury from silica exposure
  • Participated in successful challenges of silica claims based on the sophisticated user defense. Kathrine investigated the expert knowledge and reports/documents regarding knowledge of hazards, industrial hygiene and air sampling. Kathrine also conducted numerous FOIA requests to obtain documents regarding knowledge of silica hazards and state/federal regulations.  This provided the necessary information to challenge voluminous claims based on the sophisticated user defense.  In conjunction with this and House Bill 292, Kathrine obtained dismissals in hundreds of silica claims.  This work set the declining trend of silica claims/litigation in Ohio. This further led to the end of all claims for the firm’s silica client.

 

Organizations/Committees Membership

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Law School Honors & Awards

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law Review – Senior Editor

Previous Experience

  • Paralegal for eight years handling toxic tort, personal injury, medical malpractice, and wage and hour violation claims

Practice Areas