Ruth O’Meara-Costello represents clients in criminal defense, Title IX, and employment law matters. Ruth is a committed and thoughtful advocate for her clients and has achieved significant victories both in and out of court.
Ruth’s commitment to individual rights and to due process inform her work with university students and faculty facing disciplinary action at their universities. Her experience handling criminal sexual assault cases complements her work representing accused students, and allows her to provide comprehensive legal representation to the students and faculty members she represents. Ruth also assists students and faculty accused of other university disciplinary violations, including plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
Ruth is recognized as a thought leader in Title IX law, and frequently writes about legal issues in campus disciplinary proceedings and provides her expertise to the press on these matters.
Ruth’s legal expertise and insight have resulted in victories or reduced sanctions for her clients in criminal matters. Ruth’s criminal defense practice encompasses trials and appeals in both state and federal court, and she has represented defendants on a range of charges
Ruth represents plaintiffs subjected to discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, unequal pay, or other violations of their workplace rights in litigation in the state and federal courts and before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). She also frequently works with employees behind the scenes to help them handle difficult situations at work and preserve their employment or achieve settlements without any litigation.
At Harvard Law School, Ruth was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented clients in domestic relations cases and before the Department of Unemployment Assistance. In 2017 and 2018, Ruth was selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.
- Criminal Law
- Education Law
- Employment Law
- Of Counsel
- Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
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- Harvard Law School
- J.D. (2006)
- Honors: cum laude
- Harvard University
- B.A. (2002)
- Honors: cum laude
- Rising Star
- Super Lawyers
- 2017, 2018
- MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
- Boston Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
- Massachusetts State Bar
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- SJC Remakes Search-and-Seizure Law to Keep Pace with Modern Realities of Smartphone Technology and Race Relations
- Boston Bar Journal
- Not Every Title IX Complaint Merits Investigation
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
- Ruth O’Meara-Costello's Website Profile
- Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP Website
- Boston Lawyer Blog
- First Circuit Decides Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws Apply to Au Pairs
20 December 2019
- How Does Massachusetts’ Proposed “Revenge Porn” Law Compare to Other State’s Laws?
26 November 2019
- First Circuit Draws Sharp Distinction Between Fairness Obligations of Public and Private Educational Institutions
21 November 2019
- Matta’s New Test for When Police Officer Interactions Constitute Seizures: An Unrealistic and Disappointing Ruling
6 November 2019
- Boston Public Schools’ Secret Residency Enforcement Regime Violates Students’ Due Process Rights
23 September 2019
- Massachusetts SJC Says No Pre-Arraignment Diversion Without Prosecutor’s Approval
20 September 2019
- Supreme Judicial Court Imposes Limited Obligation on Prosecutors to Instruct Grand Juries in Murder Cases on Legal Implications of Exculpatory Evidence
10 September 2019
- Title IX and Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Back to School Edition
3 September 2019
- Can Plaintiffs in Federal Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Cases Sue under Pseudonyms?
27 August 2019