Knowledgeable Leaders In
Protecting The Rights Of Workers
Since Ridgeway began his legal studies, he has fought to be an obstructionist to the powerful seeking to abuse others using that power. While in law school, he worked with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to obtain a class action settlement with the City of Chicago for its Fourth Amendment violations against the homeless, as well as assisted families in transitioning with Chicago Public School’s historic simultaneous closure of over 50 low-income schools. He then worked for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to help investigate civil rights violations and develop criterion for allowable single-sex classes. Following this internship, he worked with Triage Cancer to help create legislation to allow low-income families to have access to cancer medications which would have been thrown away after other cancer patients no longer needed them.
Ridgeway continues his public interest work, primarily between the Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative (an organization committed to encouraging private attorneys to commit some of their time to public interest work) and Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance (an organization committed to holding local governments accountable for their actions).
His interest in helping others with the law translated seamlessly into employment law. Employers often hold the vast majority of power in an employer-employee relationship. He revels in the opportunity to defend abused employees and to assist employers in providing the requisite care to their employees. Ridgeway understands how impactful working conditions can be upon quality of life and is driven to protect those who are suffering.
Outside of his legal work, Ridgeway enjoys basketball, discovering new music, and viewing live arts.
- Wrongful Termination
- Harassment and Discrimination
- Illegal Work Conditions
- Wage and Hour
- The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- Honors: The Heart of John Marshall Award
- Honors: Baum Family Fellow
- Honors: Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
- Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, Vice President
- Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance, Member
- California Employment Lawyers Association
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
- San Diego County Bar Association