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Ruth Anne French-Hodson

Ruth Anne French-Hodson

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP


Ruth Anne, an associate in Shook’s Kansas City office, focuses her practice on complex bet-the-company litigation, class actions and appeals. She has written extensively on international litigation and data protection regulation, including issues related to the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. She has worked on both individual and multidistrict matters in courts across the US for a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, energy infrastructure and extraction, and product manufacturers. Ruth Anne is also involved in pro bono work at Shook; notably, she led an appellate team that secured a significant Missouri appellate victory ensuring that custodians of children who are entitled to counsel can access that help and that hearings in family court are full and fair for all participants. At Yale Law School, Ruth Anne was active in Yale Law Women and was co-chair of a nationally publicised report on gender and legal education, Yale Law School Students and Faculty Speak Up about Gender: Ten Years Later. Before attending law school, Ruth was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. She received her JD from Yale Law School, a doctorate and master’s in philosophy from Oxford, and a BA with honours from the University of Kansas.

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