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Ruby Zapien


Executive Summary

Ms. Zapien is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Construction, Government Contracts, Labor and Employment, and Retail Industry Trade Regulation practice groups.

Professional Qualifications

Ruby Zapien has extensive experience representing various individual and corporate clients from several industries in both litigation and transactional matters. Ms. Zapien’s practice focuses on all facets of litigation, including discovery and motion practice, negotiations leading up to early resolution, and trial. 

Ms. Zapien represents employers and business owners in connection with various employment matters, involving wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.  Ms. Zapien also assists prime and subcontractor clients with public and private complex construction issues, inclusive of contract negotiation, bid protests, and claims concerning unforeseen conditions, fraud, and delays. She also works closely with retailers, vendors, and manufacturers with matters related to consumer products and regulatory compliance.  

While attending law school, Ms. Zapien acquired legal experience as a summer associate with RJO and at the Contra Costa County Superior Court interning with five civil court judges. Prior to returning to RJO as an associate, Ms. Zapien worked at a national litigation firm on contractual disputes, torts, employment, and construction law matters.  

Ms. Zapien is an active member of multiple organizations that promote diversity equity and inclusion in the legal profession such as the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program and San Francisco Latino Lawyers Association where she sits as an active board member.


J.D., Hastings College of the Law, University of California

B.A., University of California, Davis

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San Francisco, CA
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