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Rutter Law Group is focused on building strategic partnerships with companies to address the myriad of employment issues that arise in the workplace.
Donna M. Rutter
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Ms. Rutter is a trial attorney who has concentrated her practice on wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and trade secret litigation before federal and state courts and agencies. She has tried to verdict more than a dozen bench and jury trials – and is one of the few attorneys in California who has taken a wage and hour class action to trial.  Donna has also built an extensive trade secret, unfair competition, employee mobility practice, based on over 30 years of litigation and advising on trade secret matters. She also represents Executives in negotiating employment contracts and/or severance agreements.  Finally, Donna has developed a niche practice in conducting high level, sensitive workplace investigations and has served as an Expert Witness in conducting workplace investigations.  


Donna is a frequent speaker on employment law and trade secret topics, and has developed an audit to assist employers with identifying where they are at risk for having their trade secrets misappropriated.  She is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2007.  She currently serves as Northern California Chair of the Women Lawyers Alliance (WLA), a network of prominent women lawyers in private practice throughout North America.




J.D. – University of San Diego; San Diego, CA


B.S. – Michigan State University; Lansing, MI



Bar Admissions

California 1989

Professional Recognition

Selected to the San Francisco “Women Leaders in the Law” list by American Lawyer Media (ALM) in partnership with Martindale-Hubbell and The San Francisco Chronicle


AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2003


Northern California Super Lawyer since 2007


Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University Law School

Northern California Chair, Women Lawyers Alliance (WLA)

Master, James J. McFetridge American Inn of the Court (Member of Executive Board)

Queen's Bench


Kristen L. Williams, Esq.
Of Counsel


Kristen Williams has devoted her practice over the past decade to advising management and human resources professionals in all aspects of employment law, including claims of discrimination, harassment or disability laws, wage and hour compliance, disciplining and terminating employees and administering leaves of absence under state and federal laws. Ms. Williams also assists employers in responding to audits from and appearing before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She has successfully represented employers before administrative agencies, and consistently works towards early resolution of all claims. 

In addition to Ms. Williams advice and counsel practice, she is an experienced investigator conducting a variety of investigations surrounding allegations of discrimination and/or harassment claims. 


J.D.– University of San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

B.A.– University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA

Bar Admission

California 2004

Professional Activities

Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)

Rotary of San Rafael, Member

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