February 6, 2019

Payne & Fears LLP Promotes Two Attorneys to Partners

Irvine, Calif. – February 5, 2019 – Payne & Fears LLP is pleased to announce that it has elected two attorneys, Rhianna S. Hughes and Alejandro G. Ruiz, to the partnership.

“We are extremely pleased and proud to elevate Rhianna and Alex to partner positions,” said founder and managing partner Daniel Fears. “Both are highly skilled attorneys who have made strong contributions to the firm and our clients, and we expect great success from each of them.”

Rhianna S. Hughes, of the firm’s Phoenix office, represents clients in Arizona and California. She defends companies in labor and employment and business litigation matters, both on an individual and class action basis, in state and federal courts and before the NLRB. Her experience includes defending companies against discrimination, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour claims, false advertising, breach of contract, consumer fraud, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act. Rhianna also has significant experience in the prosecution and defense of trade secret and confidential information misappropriation, unfair competition, and non-compete litigation.

Alejandro G. Ruiz, also of the Irvine office, handles both employment and business litigation matters. His practice focuses on all aspects of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination,  leave, and wage-and-hour class actions. In addition, Alex handles various types of business litigation cases involving executive  separations, non-compete agreements, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and contract disputes. Throughout his career, Alex has repeatedly secured favorable outcomes for his clients, ranging from favorable settlements to complete and unqualified victories by summary judgment, jury verdict, and affirmance on appeal.