Carmen Ruda Shain

Carmen-R.-Shain-2Estate Planning, Labor & Employment, Litigation


Carmen joined the Firm in 2015, representing clients in estate planning, employment law and litigation matters.

Carmen’s experience includes over five years with an AmLaw 100 national law firm where she handled a variety of employment law issues and related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour compliance. Carmen also counseled employers on preventative strategies and litigation avoidance, drafted and revised corporate policies and procedures, and provided in-house management training. Carmen then served as general counsel for one of the world’s largest conglomerates of job search-related companies.

Carmen received her Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, where she served as Senior Editor for the Washington University Jurisprudence Review. As part of her law school education, Carmen studied at the globally renowned National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law and clerked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Arts in American Politics, with a minor in Law & Society, from U.C. San Diego in 2005. As an undergraduate, Carmen received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services from the State Bar of California and the Outstanding Service Award from the Legal Aid Society of San Diego for her volunteer work.

Carmen is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California and before the United States Supreme Court.