Ruby Kazi, an attorney with McManis Faulkner, a leading Northern California trial firm, has been honored by the YWCA Silicon Valley with a 2014 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by local and regional YWCAs nationwide.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the TWIN Award program honors the outstanding achievements of female executives who have demonstrated excellence in business leadership positions and pays tribute to the companies where they work. Kazi joins a group of honorees selected from Silicon Valley technology, legal, communications, non-profit and healthcare organizations that have acted as successful role models for other women in business, exhibited top-level responsibility in a major functional role and have had a substantial impact on the organization’s growth, profitability and innovation.
“Ruby is an invaluable asset to our team and demonstrates why she is deserving of YWCA’s TWIN Award each and every day. Through her legal expertise and business sense, Ruby provides exemplary service to her clients while also contributing to the development of up-and-coming trial lawyers within our firm and to the legal community generally. We are delighted that her efforts are being recognized,” said James McManis, head of McManis Faulkner.
In her practice, Kazi focuses on business litigation, trust and probate litigation, civil rights and criminal defense matters. She represents individuals and businesses in all stages of a case, in both state and federal courts. Kazi has experience obtaining favorable results for her clients through mediation and trial, as well as at the appellate level. She also assists in non-profit corporate formation.
Kazi serves as president of the Asian Law Alliance (ALA), a non-profit organization that provides legal services to Santa Clara County’s low income population, particularly within the Asian/Pacific Islander community. She is also the founder of Lady Lawyers for Lunch, an informal group that meets quarterly to allow women attorneys to exchange ideas, discuss balance and increase their networks. A member of the American Inns of Court, the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn, Kazi served as a director and officer of the GiveLight Foundation, Inc. and on the Constitution Committee for the Muslim Community Association. She earned her J.D. from Drake University Law School (2003) and her B.S. from Northwestern University (2000).
About YWCA Silicon Valley
YWCA Silicon Valley has provided services for more than 100 years in Santa Clara County. Its mission is to empower women, children and families, and eliminate racism, hatred and prejudice. For additional information, visit www.ywca-sv.org.
About McManis Faulkner
McManis Faulkner, a San Jose, Calif.-based trial firm, provides a full range of services, representing both corporations and individuals through trial and appeal. The firm handles a wide range of litigation, including business, civil rights, class actions, criminal, employment, family, general civil, intellectual property, personal injury, probate, and professional negligence. With experienced, well-trained trial lawyers and staff, McManis prides itself on its diversity – beyond ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, women comprise a majority of the firm’s management and staff.