About

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
Principal
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Ms. Rutter is a trial attorney who concentrates 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 25 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.

 

 

Education

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

 

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

 

 

Bar Admissions

California 1989

Prior Law Firm Affiliations

Miller Law Group

 

Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

 

McKenna & Cuneo LLP

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

 

Northern California Super Lawyer since 2007

 

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University Law School

Northern California Chair, Women Lawyers Alliance (WLA)

Steering Committee and Co-Editor of The Job Description, DRI

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 litigator defending a variety of employers in employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment claims.  Ms. Williams has an extensive success record in obtaining summary judgment on both single and multiple plaintiff complaints.

Education

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

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

Bar Admission

California 2004

Prior Law Firm Affiliations

Pacific Employment Law LLP

Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

Professional Activities

Rotary of San Rafael, Member

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mani Sheik, Esq.
Of Counsel

 

Mani Sheik has spent the last decade as an attorney with a primary practice in labor and employment, commercial litigation, and appellate litigation.  Mr. Sheik’s labor and employment practice includes wage and hour litigation, class action litigation, wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination.  In addition to his extensive litigation practice, Mr. Sheik has a wealth of experience advising management and human resources professionals on the myriad of issues that arise in the California workplace.  Finally, his practice includes negotiating severance and employee separation agreements and conducting internal investigations into employee complaints.

Education

J.D. - University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law; Berkeley, CA

M.P.H. - Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; Baltimore, MD

B.S. - University of California, Irvine 

Bar Admission

California 2006

Prior Law Firm Affiliations

Miller Law Group 

Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law 

California Bar’s Administration of Justice Committee

San Francisco Wage Theft Taskforce

Board of San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates

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