Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC

Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC

The Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC is a business litigation boutique located in San Jose, California. We focus on commercial, real estate, and intellectual property disputes.

Firm Overview

With offices located in downtown San Jose, we service entrepreneurs, emerging growth, and middle market businesses throughout the Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, and greater California.

Why Choose a Boutique Law Firm?
More and more businesses are choosing to work with boutique law firms because of the value and flexibility that smaller law firms provide. Boutique law firms are niche businesses that focus their practice on just a few areas of law, so companies know that they will be working with experienced attorneys that concentrate their practice on cases like theirs.

Being able to work directly with a team of dedicated and experienced attorneys is the primary reason why our business clients choose to work with us. Unlike large law firms, where new clients are often paired with inexperienced attorneys who waste valuable resources learning the law as they go, we will staff your case with seasoned attorneys who have made a career of practicing business, real estate and trademark law.

With over half a century of combined experience, our business attorneys will work together on your case in order to plan a creative and hard-hitting strategy that achieves the results you need as efficiently and effectively as possible. We see litigation as a means to achieve a company's goals and use creative litigation solutions to achieve them. We advise our clients on both the benefits of litigating a matter and the possible pitfalls that may ensue so that they can be fully informed before making important legal decisions.

The Law Firm of Ruben P. Ruiz PC is a minority-owned law firm with an open and affirming staff of culturally diverse attorneys, who have both big firm and regional firm experience. Our clients understand that the world is a diverse place that requires different perspectives to best resolve the problems businesses face in the modern environment. We use our expertise to work closely with you to understand every detail of your case and the solutions that matter to you.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation!
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Main Office
Main Office
1155 N First Street
Suite 210
San Jose  CA  95112
Phone
  • (866) 448-4989
Fax
  • (408) 740-3664
Websites

Office Information

Office Hours
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Intellectual Property
Business, Trademark, and Real Estate Practice
The Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC is a business, trademark, and real estate boutique firm located in San Jose, California. We service entrepreneurs, small to middle market businesses, and individuals throughout the Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, and greater California.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC is a litigation boutique firm staffed by experienced attorneys that focuses its practice on just a few areas of law. We concentrate our practice on commercial and real estate litigation, as well as all areas of trademark practice.

Being able to work directly with a team of dedicated and experienced attorneys is the primary reason why our business clients choose to work with us. Unlike large law firms, where new clients are often paired with inexperienced attorneys who waste valuable resources learning the law as they go, we will staff your case with seasoned attorneys who have made a career of practicing business, real estate and trademark law.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

With over half a century of combined experience, our attorneys are seasoned practitioners who have made a career of practicing business, real estate and trademark law. Our attorneys have worked at both large and small law firms and handle our client's complex to everyday matters with flexibility and expedience.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

As well as being great attorneys, we are a minority-owned law firm with an open and affirming staff of culturally diverse attorneys. We understand that the world is a diverse place that requires different perspectives to best resolve the problems businesses face in the modern environment. We use our expertise to work closely with you to understand every detail of your case and the solutions that matter to you.

Ruben Ruiz

Ruben P. Ruiz is the founder of the Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC. He started the firm to provide boutique litigation services to entrepreneurs, emerging growth, and middle market companies in the Silicon Valley and greater Bay Area. He represents clients in multiple industries solving complex litigation matters.

Mr. Ruiz has extensive experience in business and commercial litigation, and has represented clients in multimillion-dollar cases involving breach of commercial contracts and leases, breach of promissory notes, securities and investor fraud, shareholder and ownership disputes in close corporations, and land development. He also represents clients in trademark disputes and soft IP matters.

Mr. Ruiz has worked with domestic and foreign clients in a wide range of industries, including banking, real estate investment and development, renewable energy and solar, mobile telephony, mobile phone re-manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, and internet commerce.

Prior to running his own law firm, Mr. Ruiz worked at several multinational and regional law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area where he represented middle market and publicly traded companies as a complex business litigation attorney.

Away from his law office, Ruben enjoys hiking and exploring in the San Cruz Mountains. He is also an avid grappler and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Bar & Court Admissions

State Bar of California
S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
S. District Court for the Northern District of California
S. District Court for the Easter District of California
S. District Court for the Central District of California
American Bar Association
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Awards and Distinctions

Symposium Editor, Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Journal
Law Faculty Scholarship, Santa Clara University School of Law
William Fulbright Scholar, The Netherlands
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon
Walther and Nancy Kidd Tutorial Fellowship
License
  • Bar Number: 241729
    California
Education
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    JD

Lesley Williams

Lesley E. Williams is a Senior Attorney at the Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC. She handles all aspects of banking, business and other commercial litigation, and appeals. She also handles business counseling and trademark formation.

Ms. Williams has more than fifteen years of legal experience in both the public and private sectors and brings an extraordinary depth of legal expertise to the table.

Prior to joining the Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC, Ms. Williams worked as a Senior Regional Attorney for the San Francisco Regional Office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In that capacity she provided in-house legal support to the open bank supervision and examination division and served as first and second chair FDIC enforcement counsel in administrative enforcement proceedings and investigations.

Prior to that Ms. Williams was a litigation associate at two large law firms: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Los Angeles and New York, and Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York where she represented large and small entertainment, media and other fortune 500 companies, and hedge funds, in commercial and complex litigation in the area of financial fraud, fraudulent transfer, claims relating to bankruptcy, creditor's rights, Federal securities laws, derivatives, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, unfair competition, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, antitrust, contract disputes, entertainment, copyright, trademark and patent infringement, defamation, right to publicity, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, First Amendment, Internet and ISP liability.

Ms. Williams received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review. She is admitted to the State Bar of New York and the State Bar of California.

Bar & Court Admissions

State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
S. Federal Court for the Central District of California
S. Federal Court for the Southern District of New York
S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York
License
  • Bar Number: 3968765
    New York
  • Bar Number: 236285
    California
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    JD
  • Princeton University
    BA

Thomas Kawaii

Tom Kawaii is Of Counsel at the Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC, practicing complex business litigation.

Tom brings to the firm and its clients a rare combination of experience both as a trial-oriented litigator at law firms as large as 230 lawyers, and as in-house counsel for businesses ranging from dot-coms to multinationals, including the computer giant Acer. His business acumen, entrepreneurial passion and zeal for difficult challenges have earned him key roles in many high-stakes business litigation cases during his two decades of practice.

Tom has represented clients in fraud, fiduciary breach, business interference, malpractice and statutory actions involving angel/VC funding, M&A, IPO, syndication, franchising and other securities, banking, investment and real estate finance issues, as well as in antitrust, unfair business practices, consumer fraud, civil RICO and corporate/partnership dissolution cases. Tom has also handled intellectual property infringement actions involving trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, as well as cyberlaw cases involving piracy, defamation, privacy, right of publicity, reputation and other cutting-edge issues in the e-commerce, digital media and social networking spaces.

Recently, Tom has developed a focus on legal malpractice cases arising from failed representations in high-stakes business litigation and high-value corporate/transactional matters. In his most recent formal law firm association prior to the Law Offices of Ruben P. Ruiz PC, he worked closely alongside one of the nation's top plaintiffs' legal malpractice lawyers. In his first 12 months at that firm, Tom spearheaded and helped achieve victories in three difficult legal malpractice cases that resulted in recoveries totaling over $7.2 million.

Tom graduated from the School of Law of the University of California at Davis in 1991, was admitted to the California Bar that same year, and was licensed as a solicitor (lawyer) in England several years later. He has undergraduate degrees in Rhetoric and in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from the London Business School (ranked #2 internationally, above Harvard), where he was an Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Fellow pursuing studies in venture capital, entrepreneurship and e-commerce. His published appellate cases include Amalgamated Bank v. Superior Court (Corinthian Homes), 149 Cal.App.4th 1003 (2007), and In re Geothermal Resources International, Inc., 93 F.3d 648 (9th Cir. 1996). Prior to the law, Tom was a professional Mercedes-Benz technician and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a CAD/CAM engineering software vertical integration start-up.

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