Careers: Associate Attorney
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP is looking to hire an attorney for our employment and class action litigation practice. Applicants must possess exceptional writing, research, and analytic skills and the ability to work in a busy small-firm environment. They should also be self-starters who are comfortable with assuming responsibility in their cases. We are open... read more.
Valerie Brender Becomes Partner
Rukin Hyland & Riggin is very pleased to announce that Valerie Brender has been promoted to partner effective January 1, 2020. Valerie has extensive experience representing employees in class and individual litigation matters, including as a key member of the firm’s team in over a dozen independent contractor misclassification cases, as well as advising executives on... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Speak at the 13th Annual ABA Labor and Employment Law Conference: Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions
The FLSA mandates the award of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs to a prevailing plaintiff. This panel – which also includes Jason Marsili of Rosen Marsili & Rapp, Hon. Janice Van Meerveld of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Nate Oleson of Akin Gump – will analyze how courts are... read more.
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP Attorneys Selected to 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer Lists
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP Attorneys Selected to 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer Lists Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP is proud to announce that four of its attorneys were selected to 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer lists. Peter Rukin and John Hyland were selected for the 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list, and Jessica Riggin and Valerie Brender were... read more.
Jessica Riggin receives the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award from Daily Journal and California Lawyer Magazine
Rukin Hyland & Riggin is proud to announce that Jessica Riggin and her co-counsel received a 2019 CLAY award for their work on De La Torre v. CashCall, Inc., 5 Cal. 5th 966. In August, the California Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision in De La Torre, holding that an interest rate on a consumer... read more.
Rukin Hyland & Riggin and ACLU Sue St. Joseph Health for Discrimination Against Transgender Patient
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP today filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph Health Northern California for denying care to a transgender patient. Filed on behalf of Oliver Knight, the suit argues that withholding medical care from a patient because he is transgender... read more.
John F. Hyland to Speak at the ACBA Event: Litigating PAGA Claims – An Introduction & Overview
John F. Hyland will speak at ACBA’s Litigating PAGA Claim – An Introduction & Overview on February 7, 2019. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”) has proven an increasingly potent and commonly used tool for challenging a wide range of Labor Code violations and... read more.
Peter Rukin has been named by Lawdragon to the list of the Leading 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the United States.
Lawdragon’s guide to the Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have dedicated the vast majority of their careers to employment law. Among them is Peter Rukin, who spent time on both the employee and employer side of the practice at law firms before starting his own plaintiffs-side firm in 2003. The name partner of... read more.
Peter Rukin to testify before the Women and Equalities Committee of the UK Parliament
On December 19, 2018, Peter will testify before the Women and Equalities Committee of the UK Parliament. The Select Committee is conducting an inquiry regarding the use of Nondisclosure Agreements where harassment or other discrimination is alleged. Peter will be providing the Committee with evidence regarding the use and legal effect of nondisclosure agreements in... read more.
Jessica and Valerie are moderators at this year’s NELA convention.
The Nuts & Bolts Of Litigating Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Claims Moderator: Valerie Brender Speakers: Margaret A. Harris & Stephen Montoya Workplace harassment is not prohibited expressly by federal statute, and federal courts have been left to fill in the gaps regarding the legal standards that govern what constitutes unlawful conduct. As such, this... read more.
Jessica Riggin will be on the panel of the “Know Your Workplace Rights” open discussion on Sept. 26, 2018.
Join us for an open discussion on your legal rights and strategies when it comes to the workplace. We’ll look at ways tech employees have addressed workplace issues and give you a better understanding of legal parameters about work-related concerns. Topics will include addressing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and equal pay; as well as... read more.
Jessica Riggin to be on the Panel of “Girls in Tech x Gainsight: Know your Legal Rights in the Workplace”
The #MeToo movement has put workplace sexual harassment in the spotlight, with numerous high-profile sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful leaders in multiple industries. #Metoo has helped shed light on, and create a public conversation surrounding workplace issues that often go unreported. As more and more people step forward to share their stories, and... read more.
John Hyland to Speak at The Basics Conference 2018: Employment Litigation
John Hyland will speak at The Basics Conference 2018: Employment Litigation on September 21 @ 2:15 pm. He will be speaking at the Client Intake & Case Evaluation segment @ 2:15-3:45 pm. In this new “The Basics Conference 2018: Employment Litigation”, you will learn about the sequence of an employment dispute that culminates in trial.... read more.
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP Attorneys Selected to 2018 Northern California Super Lawyer Lists
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP is proud to announce that four of its attorneys were selected to 2018 Northern California Super Lawyer lists. Peter Rukin and John Hyland were selected for the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list, and Jessica Riggin and Valerie Brender were selected for the 2018 Northern California Rising Stars list. In addition, Jessica and Valerie were... read more.
John Hyland to Speak at MCBA’s Labor & Employment Brown Bag Series on Advising California Clients on Restrictive Covenants
John Hyland will speak at MCBA’s Labor & Employment Brown Bag Series on Advising California Clients on Restrictive Covenants on May 07, 2018. Advising California Clients on Restrictive Covenants Do they stop employees from moving to a new job and bringing his customers and ideas; or is the Covenant a voidable contractual term? In an... read more.
Jessica Riggin and Valerie Brender to Lead a Discussion Regarding Workplace Rights at The Ruby
Your Workplace Rights: A Discussion with Jessica Riggin & Valerie Brender at The Ruby on June 12, 2018 With the outgrowth of the #metoo movement and increasing public discussion surrounding equal pay and women’s rights in the workplace, it is more apparent than ever that gender-based workplace inequities remain prevalent but cannot stay unaddressed. Join... read more.
John Hyland to Present Advising California Clients on Restrictive Covenants
Staying Compliant with Your Talent Recruitment This year has seen a number of impactful changes in the world and work of Human Resources, including critical conversations that take place with candidates before they become employees, information a company may consider in the process, and when and how it can obtain that information. In a region... read more.
John Hyland to Speak at PLI’s Nineteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law
John Hyland will speak at the Practising Law Institutes’ Nineteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law on May 7-8th, 2018. This program focuses on the current critical issues of information privacy, cybersecurity and data protection faced by all companies. The Internet and evolving mobile and virtualized information technologies, wired and wireless, have prompted the... read more.
John Hyland to Speak at CEB’s Beyond the FMLA: Meet the Leave Laws Often Left Behind
As an employment lawyer, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the particulars of “major” leave laws like the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act. But did you know that California and federal law provide employees with leave rights for reasons that go far beyond having a serious medical condition? Join John... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Moderate Keynote Address and Judges’ Panel at Inaugural Litigation Summit
The State Bar of California’s Litigation Section will hold its full-day Inaugural Litigation Summit on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Marriott Union Square in San Francisco. Jessica Riggin and Litigation Section Chair Megan Rowe will moderate the Keynote Address with Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and Jessica Riggin and Terrance Evans will moderate... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Speak on Settling Wage and Hour Claims
Jessica Riggin and Kevin Young of Seyfarth Shaw will present a CLE webinar entitled “Settling Wage/Hour Claims: Weighing Settlement Options, Negotiating Damages, and Ensuring Court Approval” at 10 am PST/1 pm EST on Thursday, September 14. This webinar will provide guidance to employment litigators on both sides of the aisle for evaluating whether, when and... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Speak at Girls in Tech Event “Know Your Rights in the Workplace”
Despite priding itself on liberal, progressive values, Silicon Valley and the Bay Area tech scene still have much work to do in the area of gender equity. As more women publicly share their experiences with confronting gender-based workplace issues, including pay inequity, sexual harassment, and discrimination, it is more apparent than ever that these problems... read more.
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP Attorneys Selected to 2017 Northern California Super Lawyer Lists
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP is proud to announce that four of its attorneys were selected to 2017 Northern California Super Lawyer lists. Peter Rukin, John Hyland, and Stephanie Doria Wiley were selected for the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list, and Jessica Riggin was selected for the 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list. In addition, Stephanie and Jessica were... read more.
Peter Rukin to Speak at CLE Event “Getting to Yes and Beyond: Best Practices In Settling Employment Claims”
On Thursday, June 22nd Peter Rukin will join John Kloosterman (Littler Mendleson LLP) to discuss the practical aspects of settling employment claims, from the initial demand letter to the final settlement. They will share their thoughts on the best and worst practices in: drafting and responding to demands, engaging in discussions between counsel, informal settlement resolution,... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Speak on Know Your Rights Panel: Women in the Workplace
Spend International Women’s Day with a plaintiffs’ attorney, management attorney, and in-house employment law attorney who will discuss the latest hot topics in employment law that primarily affect women in the workplace. Topics include; the new California Fair Pay Act, which strengthens the state’s existing equal pay laws, sexual harassment, and issues surrounding pregnancy discrimination... read more.
John Hyland to Speak on The Employment Relationship: Knowing What, How, and When to Document
From start to finish, the employment relationship can generate a substantial number of documents. Whether complying with a law that requires specific documentation, recording certain information a business needs to effectively operate, or adhering to best practices that can prevent problems and reduce risks, documenting the employment relationship has grown increasingly challenging in a world of increased legislation and litigation. Getting it wrong can prove costly.... read more.
Treatise Co-Authored by John Hyland Awarded Best Publication in 2015 by ACLEA
The Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) publication Employee Leave Laws: Compliance and Litigation, co-authored by John F. Hyland, has been awarded the 2015 Award of Professional Excellence in the Publications category by ACLEA, the Association for Continuing Legal Education. The ACLEA Best Awards are awarded annually in recognition of the contributions of its professional... read more.
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP Attorneys Selected to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer Lists
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP is proud to announce that five of its attorneys were selected to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer lists. Peter Rukin, John Hyland, and Stephanie Doria Wiley were selected for the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list, and Jessica Riggin was selected for the 2016 Northern California Rising Stars list. In... read more.
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP Class Action Case Featured in the New York Times
The New York Times reported on a lawsuit we have been prosecuting against SCI (the largest funeral home company in America) and the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office on behalf of drivers who transport the deceased, including homicide victims, auto accident fatalities, and the Silicon Valley elite. Our clients contend that they and other drivers... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Present on Fair Pay Act CLE on September 14, 2016
Jessica Riggin will be speaking as part of the panel, along with Davina Amiri (moderator, Davina Amiri Law), Babak Yousefzadeh (Sheppard Mullin), and Dena Harandi (Carothers DiSante and Freudenberger LLP), entitled “Closing the Gender Wage Gap? What You Should Know About California’s Fair Pay Act” on September 14, 2016, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.... read more.
Valerie Brender to Present on “Who is an Employer in the Gig Economy?”
Valerie Brender will speak on a panel presented by the Barristers Club and Labor & Employment Section of the Barristers Club entitled, “Who is an Employer in the Gig Economy?: An analysis of the modern workplace and related developments in employment law.” Valerie and her co-panelist, Marie Jonas from Folger Levin, will discuss the following... read more.
Peter Rukin to Present on Class Arbitration
On November 19, 2016, Peter will discuss the future of class employment arbitration following the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Morris v. Ernst & Young. The CLE is sponsored by the California Employment Lawyers Association.... read more.
John Hyland to Present at the CEB’S presentation of “Employment Law Practice: 2016 Year in Review”
On January 27, 2017, John will speak as part of a 3-person panel presented by the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). He will be discussing the most significant legal developments in the employment law arena in 2016. The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Union Square. To attend this event, please... read more.
John Hyland to Present at the 18th Annual Institute on Privacy & Data Security Law
Join John and the Practicing Law Institute on May 8, 2017, in San Francisco, where he will speak on the topic of Balancing Employee Privacy and Sound Company Management. For more information and to register, visit their website.... read more.
John Hyland to Give a Presentation on Documenting the Employment Relationship for the Marin Employer Advisory Council
John will be presenting on July 19, 2017, in San Rafael, California for the Marin Employer Advisory Council on Documenting the Employment Relationship. For more information, please visit their website.... read more.
Join Peter Rukin at the BASF’s Yosemite Conference
On January 27, 2017, Peter will moderate a discussion entitled Vanquishing the Wage Gap: Will the California Fair Pay Act Usher in a New Era of Pay Equity? as part of The Labor and Employment Law Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Yosemite Conference. The panel includes Lori Andrus of Andrus Anderson, Mariko Yoshihara, Legislative Director... read more.
Valerie Brender to Speak at NELA Event: “Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities”
Valerie Brender will speak on a panel presented by the National Employment Lawyers Association entitled “The Nuts & Bolts Of A Wage & Hour Case From Intake To Resolution” with co-panelist Lesley M. Tse, on March 31, 2017, from 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The panel will discuss the challenges of case preparation and execution. Topics... read more.
Join Peter Rukin as he speaks at the ACBA’s Event: Getting to Yes and Beyond-Best Practices in Settling Employment Claims
Peter Rukin will speak on a panel event entitled “Getting to Yes and Beyond: Best Practices in Settling Employment Claims”, sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association on March 29th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. He will discuss the practical aspects of settling employment claims and best practices throughout the life of a case. He... read more.
Jessica Riggin to Speak at the 13th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar
Jessica Riggin will speak at the 13th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar hosted by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) on Friday, May 12th from 3:30 pm-4:45 pm. She will be joining co-panelists Leonard Sansanowicz (Feldman Browne Olivares) and Kevin Barnes (Law Offices of Kevin T. Barnes) in a discussion about best practices throughout... read more.
John Hyland to Present CEB Seminar: “The Fundamentals of PAGA Claims”
Join John Hyland on Thursday, July 13, from noon to 1:30 for a guided seminar on the fundamentals of the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), hosted by CEB. Description: With the ever-increasing popularity of arbitration provisions in employment contracts, the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) has emerged as a critical tool... read more.