Ruth A. Binger
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Ruth Binger advises entrepreneurs who found family-owned, closely held, or multi-national companies. Ruth’s clients fall mainly into these industries: manufacturing and distribution, professional services firms (including marketing, web development, and software development), transportation, and retail. She provides counsel on employment issues, intellectual property, digital law, cybersecurity, and corporate structure and governance, guiding her clients to preventive solutions.
In addition to her work with her clients, Ruth facilitates several independent business owner peer advisory boards.
Due to her experience representing businesses and facilitating the advisory boards, Ruth’s clients look to her for the most appropriate and effective legal strategy.
A leader in the firm, Ruth heads Danna McKitrick’s transactional group. This group includes mergers and acquisition transactions, tax, employment, cybersecurity, banking, intellectual property, real estate finance, international law, securities, business and commercial law, securities, and dispute resolution. She is also a marketing co-chair and recently served on the executive committee.
Corporate and Business. Guiding clients on formation, structure, governance and exit strategies, Ruth also crafts and reviews contracts for licensors/licensees, franchisees, consulting, and joint venture agreements.
Intellectual Property and Digital Law. Ruth works in the ever-evolving arena of intellectual property and digital law. She handles trademark and copyright registration, and enforcement and related transactions, including joint ventures, licensing, and corporate partnering. Ruth counsels clients on privacy, advertising and communication law with respect to social media advertising on the web. She also helps clients create and implement strategies and solutions for industry-specific data privacy, usage, and cybersecurity protection obligations.
Employment. Ruth has extensive experience in the mitigation, avoidance, and resolution of employment and labor issues. Ruth provides proactive counsel and advice to her clients, including preparation of employment manuals, noncompete agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, human resource legal strategy, intellectual property protection agreements, and executive incentive plans.
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Author (a sampling):
- When Bad Guys Attack: Data Breach and Legal Exposure
- When Bad Guys Attack Small to Mid-Sized Businesses: 20 Data Protection Tips
- Best Practices for Avoiding Misleading Browsewrap and Clickwrap Agreements in Cyberspace
- Exempt Employees, Overtime, and the Proposed DOL Rule for 2016
- Protecting Your Intellectual Property in a Wild World
- Common Sense Road Map to Employee Discipline and Termination
- Considerations for Buyer Enforcement of Non-competes in the Purchase of a Business
- Employee Social Media Griping: Can An Employer Terminate Employees Because of Their Social Media Posts Without Violating Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act
- Panel Member/Moderator:
- Co-author: “Cyber Space for Rent,” St. Louis Small Business Monthly
- Speaker (sampling):
- Intellectual Property Issues For Your Organization
- Recruiting Issues for Executives
- Compensation Issues for Executives
- The Trojan Horse of Social Media: Threats & Solutions in the IP and HR Area
- Social Media, IP and Employment – Permanent Records of Temporary Impulses
- Minefields in Employment Law
- What Every Supervisor Should Know: Maintaining a Legally Compliant Work Environment
- J.D., DePaul University School of Law (1983), DePaul Law Review
- B.S., Northern Illinois University (1980)
- U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of Missouri
- American Bar Association: Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Section, Labor & Employment Law Section
- The Missouri Bar
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Associated Industries of Missouri, board member
- St. Louis RCGA, former director
- Small Business Monthly “Hero in Small Business”
- St. Louis RCGA Pacesetter Award
- 2008 Lawyer’s Lawyer Award in St. Louis Daily Record’s 10th Annual Women’s Justice Awards
- St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award
- BioGenerator Client Appreciation Award (2005)
Employers With Arbitration Clauses Win – Part Two: Factors Employers Should Consider When Determining Whether to Incorporate an Employee Arbitration ProgramOne of the many employment-related decisions a company must ... Read more »
When Bad Guys Attack: Data Breach and Legal ExposureCyber criminals hack businesses for a myriad of reasons: to ... Read more »
Preventing Sex Discrimination: The Case for Implementing More Guard RailsOne of the hottest topics today is the accusations of some f... Read more »
- Danna McKitrick and AIM Recognized by Missouri Lt. Governor for "Buy Missouri" trademark workMissouri Lieutenant Governor recognizes Danna McKitrick and Associated Industries of Missouri Read more »
- Ruth Binger Publishes International IP Article in InterBusiness IssuesRuth Binger, corporate law attorney with Danna McKitrick, P.C., recently... Read more »
- Ruth Binger on Lack of an Exit Plan: Missouri Enterprise"Lack of an Exit Plan = Dead Company Walking," an... Read more »
- Binger on Social Media Best Practices for Construction TradeCorporate law and digital media law attorney Ruth Binger‘s article... Read more »