Ruth-Ellen Unruh

Attorney at Law | Labor and Employment Law
Specialized Attorney for Labor and Employment Law


  • Born in 1962
  • Studies of law in Heidelberg, admitted to the bar in 1994; focus on labor and employment law practice from the start of her career
  • 2000: earned accreditation as a specialized attorney for labor and employment law
  • Attorney at Tiefenbacher Rechtsanwälte | Steuerberater since 2007

Languages spoken

  • German
  • English

Specializing in

  •  Comprehensive legal advice for executives (service contracts, employment protection, etc.)
  • Labor and employment law issues surrounding work/family balance [e.g. part-time, parental leave, leave to care for family members, German General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG)]
  • Drafting and optimizing documents from employment contracts to employment references
  • Disputes surrounding termination or dismissal
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements applicable to a single business site (Betriebsvereinbarungen), balancing of interests/social compensation plans (Interessensausgleich/Sozialplänen) and collective agreements
  • Providing advice and assistance with corporate restructuring
  • Supporting HR departments in their day-to-day business relating to labor and employment law


  • German Bar Association (DAV)
  • Labor and Employment Law Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arbeitsrecht) within the German Bar Association (DAV)

Speaking engagements

  • Presentations, talks, seminars, and in-house training sessions on current topics in labor and employment law.


  • Lebenshilfe Heidelberg e.V.
  • Remondis GmbH & Co KG
  • Sedotec GmbH & Co KG
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Kreisverband Rhein Neckar (German Red Cross, Rhine-Neckar region local chapter)


Ruth-Ellen Unruh

Im Breitspiel 9
69126 Heidelberg

Phone +49 6221 3113-62
Fax +49 6221 3113-11