Alex Ruiz is Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Group and represents several of the firm’s clients in employment and business litigation matters.
His practice focuses on all aspects of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower status, family and medical leave, and wage-and-hour class actions. In addition, Alex handles various types of business litigation cases involving executive agreements and separations, non-compete agreements, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and contract disputes.
Alex has extensive experience as a litigator, having taken cases from complaint through appeal in both federal and state courts under the employment laws of the United States, California, and several other states. He represents various types of clients, ranging from high-profile or famous individuals, large multinational corporations, small family-owned companies, startups, non-profits, and sole proprietorships. He has worked with clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment, education, retail, hospitality, building services, and government industry sectors.
Alex also has litigated various types of cases, ranging from high-profile cases with intense media coverage, complex civil cases, multi-million-dollar class actions, single-plaintiff lawsuits, limited civil cases, and matters before state and federal agencies. Throughout his career, he repeatedly has secured favorable outcomes for his clients, ranging from advantageous settlements to complete and unqualified victories by summary judgment, jury verdict, and affirmance on appeal.
Alex also has experience with counseling, advising, and training clients on numerous personnel policies and practices, including wage-and-hour law compliance, equal employment opportunity (EEO) best practices, AB1825 sexual harassment requirements, discrimination and harassment prevention, social media policies, and leave policies, to name a few. Being fluent in Spanish, he has represented numerous clients in cross-border matters and frequently is called upon to translate legal documents, and make Spanish language presentations to Spanish-speaking workforces.
In addition to his dedication to his practice, Alex is also active in the Orange County legal community, serving on the Board of Governors for the Orange County Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
While in law school, Alex served as the President of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and participated in the William Hobbs Trial Advocacy Program. He also worked as a Certified Law Clerk for the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Law Clerk for the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Judicial Extern to United States District Court Judge Margaret M. Morrow, Law Clerk for the Offices of Mona C. Soo Hoo, and Law School Research Assistant.
Before law school, Alex worked in the Crime Prevention and Youth Protection Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as part of “Operation Bright Future,” a collaborative anti-truancy initiative between the City Attorney and the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as part of “Kid Watch LA,” a child safety training program.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys spending his free time with this wife and three children visiting various parks, beaches, and theme parks throughout Southern California.
- Obtained a complete defense jury verdict in a case involving claims of race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and successfully defended against a subsequent appeal resulting in the verdict being affirmed. White v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
- Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims of race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Bell v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
- Obtained summary judgment in a case involving alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and prevailed in a crossclaim for recovery of overpayment of wages. Successfully defended against a subsequent appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit resulting in the summary judgment orders being affirmed. Silver v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
- Obtained summary judgment of a cross-complaint against a plaintiff for privacy violations and subsequently obtained a favorable settlement of plaintiff’s claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and battery. Orozco v. Aluminum Precision Products, Inc.
- Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and retaliation against a Fortune 10 retail company.
- Obtained summary adjudication of a plaintiff’s discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower retaliation claims against a Fortune 10 national healthcare company leading to a favorable settlement of the plaintiff’s remaining wage-and-hour claims.
- Obtained summary judgment in a case involving disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and retaliation. Romero v. Aluminum Precision Products, Inc.