Nantiya Ruan Esq.

Nantiya Ruan Esq.

New York, New York
(212) 245-1000
(646) 509-2060

NANTIYA RUAN is Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP, where she primarily represents employees in class discrimination and wage and hour cases.  Ruan works from her Denver office, where she is also the Hartje and Reese Chair of Lawyering Process at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Prior to joining O&G in 2000, Ruan was a judicial clerk for Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has also clerked in the state appellate courts. From 2003 to 2004, Ruan was an associate at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian in Oakland, California, a plaintiffs' firm representing workers in national civil rights litigations.

In 2004, Ruan joined the faculty at Denver Law where she teaches legal writing and advanced workplace law course.  Her scholarship explores the intersection of workers rights, complex litigation, and poverty law.  She also writes on experiential learning with clients and teaching public interest to law students.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination Class Actions
  • Contracts and Benefit
  • Wage & Hour Class Actions
  • Discrimination and Harassment

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2005
  • New York, 2001
  • California, 2004


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1999
  • University of Denver
    • M.S.W. - 1999
  • Villanova University
    • B.A. - 1993

Published Works

  • Practice Pointers on Opposing the Affirmative Defense that the Employer Took Reasonable Steps to Prevent Sexual Harassment: Perspective of a Plaintiff's Attorney, 656 PLI/Lit. 187, 2001
  • Overview of Workplace Claims in New York: Perspective of Employees’ Counsel, 662 PLI/Lit. 1179, 2001
  • Marshalling the Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases: A Perspective from the Plaintiff’s Bar, 657 PLI/Lit. 101, 2001
  • Non-Compete Agreements: Emerging Issues From The Perspective Of Employee's Counsel, 2001
  • Advanced Litigation Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, American Bar Association Conference for Section on Labor & Employment , 2003
  • When Good Deeds Are Punished: The Legal Landscape of Retaliation and Whistleblowing, 745 PLI/Lit. 581 , 2006
  • Bringing Sense to Incentives: An Examination of Incentive Payments to Named Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination Class Actions, 10 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 395, 2006
  • Employment Discrimination Law, 4th Ed., BNA Books, 2007
  • Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Class Action Disputes: From the Perspective of Plaintiffs' Counsel, 776 PLI/Lit. 255, 2008
  • Accommodating Respectful Religious Expression in the Workplace, 92 Marq. L. Rev. 1, 2008
  • Employment Discrimination Law, 2009 Cumulative Supplement, 4th Ed. (BNA Books), 2009
  • Facilitating Wage Theft: How Courts Use Procedural Rules to Undermine Substantive Rights of Low-Wage Workers, 63 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 727, 2010
  • Employment Discrimination Law, 2010 Cumulative Supplement, (BNA Books), 2010
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplements (2011-2017), (BNA Books), 2017
  • Experiential Learning in the First Year Curriculum: The Public Interest Partnership, Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Vol. 8, 2011
  • The Second-Class Class Action: How Courts Thwart Wage Rights by Misapplying Class Action Rules, 61 Amer. Univ. L. Rev. 523, 2012
  • What's Left to Remedy Wage Theft? How Arbitration Mandates that Bar Class Actions Impact Low-Wage Workers, Mich. State L. Rev. 1103, 2013
  • Same Law, Different Day: The Last Thirty Years of Wage Litigation and its Impact on Low-Wage Workers, 30 Hofstra Labor & Emp. L. J. 355, 2013
  • "Sexting" and Surveillance: How Smartphones Change Workplace Harassment, 90 Denv. Univ. L. Rev. Online 7, 2013
  • Student, Esquire?: The Practice of Law in the Collaborative Classroom, 20 Clinical Law Review 429 , 2014
  • Scheduling Shortfalls: Hours Parity as the New Pay Equity, 59 Villanova Law Rev. 35, 2014
  • Pay Inequality, Access To Work, and Discrimination, Chapter Introduction, 91 Denv. U. L. Rev. 869, 2014
  • President Obama signs LGBT Nondiscrimination Executive Order, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2014
  • President Obama Continues his "Year of Action" by Promoting Access to Justice for Workers, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2014
  • Title VII Disparate Impact in Pay Equity Cases, LexisNexis, 2015
  • The New 1L: First-Year Lawyering With Clients, Carolina Academic Press, 2015
  • Stabilizing Low-Wage Work: Legal Remedies for Unpredictable Work Hours & Income Stability, 50 Harv. C.R. - C.L. L. Rev., 2015
  • Challenges to Non-Selection Screening Devices: The Disparate Impact of Credit and Criminal Background Checks, LexisNexis, 2015
  • Individualized Justice in Class and Collective Actions, Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • Developing Professional Skills: Workplace Law, West Academic Publishing, 2016
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplements (2014 and 2017), (BNA Books), 2014
  • Corporate Masters & Low-Wage Servants: The Social Control of Workers in Poverty, 24 Wash. & Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 103, 2017


  • Legal Writing Professor, University of Denver College of Law
  • Moderator: "Criminal Record Discrimination and Ban the Box Initiatives", National CLE Conference—Labor & Employment
  • Speaker: "Employment Discrimination: The Very Latest on What You Need to Know", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference
  • Speaker: "Latest on Class Actions: An Update", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference
  • Speaker: "Whistleblower Claims— Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference
  • Lecturer: "Silencing Wage Theft: The Impact of Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements on Low-Wage Workers", Law & Society Association, Annual Meeting
  • Co-Lecturer: "Who’s Afraid of the Big Wage Suit", Washington University Law School & St. Louis University Law School, Fifth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law
  • Lecturer: "RIFs: Overview and Update", Law Education Institute, 27th Annual National CLE Conference

Past Employment Positions

  • Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Judicial Clerk
  • State Appellate Courts, Clerk
  • Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian in Oakland, California, Associate, 2003 - 2004


  • English
  • Thai