Ruby Kazi

Partner

rkazi@mcmanislaw.com

Telephone
408.279.8700
Facsimile
408.279.3244

Ruby is a dynamic force in the courtroom, practicing in the area of civil litigation.  Her focus is on crisis management, with matters ranging from defending harassment suits to pursuing workplace violence prevention.  She is often called on to defend her corporate and individual clients in difficult situations because she is quick on her feet both in and out of the courtroom.  Her passion lies in handling highly sensitive and emotionally charged situations with a balance of compassion and results-oriented strategies.  Her inquiring nature leads her to better understand her client’s needs, which she believes is crucial to protecting the integrity of the client’s business.  Ruby’s litigation experience makes her an asset across different practice areas, including employment and family law matters.  She represents her clients with a high level of esteem and dedication in all stages of a case, in both state and federal courts.  Ruby consistently obtains favorable results for her clients through trials, appeals, and out-of-court settlements.  She has been recognized in both the legal and the business press for her accomplishments.

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Ruby is a dynamic force in the courtroom, practicing in the area of civil litigation.  Her focus is on crisis management, with matters ranging from defending harassment suits to pursuing workplace violence prevention.  She is often called on to defend her corporate and individual clients in difficult situations because she is quick on her feet both in and out of the courtroom.  Her passion lies in handling highly sensitive and emotionally charged situations with a balance of compassion and results-oriented strategies.  Her inquiring nature leads her to better understand her client’s needs, which she believes is crucial to protecting the integrity of the client’s business.  Ruby’s litigation experience makes her an asset across different practice areas, including employment and family law matters.  She represents her clients with a high level of esteem and dedication in all stages of a case, in both state and federal courts.  Ruby consistently obtains favorable results for her clients through trials, appeals, and out-of-court settlements.  She has been recognized in both the legal and the business press for her accomplishments.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained defense verdict in federal jury trial of a harassment suit brought by agitators opposed to an entertainment company’s business.
  • Obtained workplace violence restraining order on behalf of multinational law firm, protecting it from external threats.
  • Prevailed against federal government on behalf of Stanford PhD student from Malaysia who was erroneously watchlisted in first trial ever to challenge the constitutionality of terrorist watchlists, including the No-Fly List.   
  • Obtained workplace violence restraining order on behalf of entertainment company against violent protesters; the order was later upheld on appeal and successfully renewed through another trial upon its expiration.
  • Successfully defended entertainment company in a federal jury trial stemming from a harassment suit filed by serial litigants opposed to the company’s business; favorable rulings from the trial court were later upheld on appeal.
  • Successfully defended client in high stakes property dispute where international property interests were being threatened.
  • Obtained workplace violence restraining order on behalf of law firm against former employee.
  • Defeated summary judgment on behalf of civil rights plaintiff, leading to favorable settlement of claims.

Professional and Community Contributions

Ruby is passionate about giving back to the community.  Since 2009, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Asian Law Alliance, including one term as Secretary and two terms each as Vice President and President.  She serves as Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley Judiciary Committee.  Ruby is also a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and California Women Lawyers.  She is also a champion of civility and integrity in the legal profession and takes pride in her membership in the American Inns of Court, the William A. Ingram Inn.  Ruby believes strongly in the importance of a network for women attorneys and founded Lady Lawyers who Lunch, an informal networking group for women attorneys balancing work, family and community.  Ruby served as a director and officer for the GiveLight Foundation, Inc., a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to supporting orphans around the world; she worked to incorporate the organization and obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for it.

Awards and Honors

Building a reputation as one of the top lawyers in Silicon Valley, below are some of the awards and recognition Ruby has received:

  • Silicon Valley “Women of Influence 2017,” Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Named to Northern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Top Five Associates to Watch 2015, The Daily Journal
  • Pro Bono Award (November, 2015), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • 40 under 40 (2014), Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award (2014), YWCA of Silicon Valley
  • Rodney L. Hudson Appellate Advocacy Award & Scholarship, Drake University
  • Goodman Scholarship for Outstanding Appellate & Trial Advocacy, Drake University

Reported Cases

  • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Cal., Jan. 14, 2014, No. 06-00545 WHA) ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2014 WL 6609111.

Articles and Blogs

Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Education

J.D., Drake University Law School, 2003
B.S., Northwestern University, 2000

Languages

French
Urdu
Hindi