Careers: Law Students
Administratively, Rutan & Tucker's attorneys are organized in six Sections or departments:
Employment and Labor
Attorneys within each Section specialize in one or more substantive areas of law that fall generally within that Section's jurisdiction. Many of the firm's attorneys are also members of practice groups that may include attorneys from more than one Section. Areas of specialization within the firm include business and commercial litigation, public entity representation, creditors' rights and bankruptcy, communications law, zoning and land use regulation, products liability, environmental law and toxic torts, real property finance, municipal finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, eminent domain, redevelopment, and construction law, among others. This website includes more detailed descriptions of each of the firm's five Sections and eight interdisciplinary practice groups and the individual resumes of our attorneys.
Client matters are typically staffed with a partner and one or more associates, based upon such criteria as the size and complexity of the matter, the expertise required to handle the matter in the most cost-effective manner, and attorney availability. We avoid the "team" approach in which the same attorneys always work together. Associates are encouraged to assume significant responsibility for formulation and implementation of transaction and case strategy and management. Each associate customarily maintains significant responsibility for a wide variety of matters within his or her Section's practice area.
Partners and senior associates are responsible for providing guidance, advice, and training to the associates working with them. This approach to case management and associate development necessarily involves significant contact between the associate and the firm's clients, as well as contact with counsel for adverse and associated parties.
Associates also participate in firm management, including the firm's Business Development Committee, Recruiting Committee, Personnel Committee, Library/MCLE Committee, Technology Committee, and Pro Bono Committee.
Our headquarters office occupies the top five floors of a modern office tower in the South Coast Metro area, Orange County's business and financial center. Our Palo Alto office is located at the hub of the Silicon Valley business community. The Orange County office is easily accessible from all points in the county. It is within walking distance of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertory Theater, South Coast Plaza, major hotels, and several restaurants. It is less than two miles from John Wayne Airport and approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Both offices are designed to provide a comfortable, congenial, and efficient working environment. Individual attorneys' offices in the Orange County office are situated to preserve the close working relationships and camaraderie often associated only with small firms and to encourage interaction and sharing of knowledge and experience on an informal basis. Secretaries, paralegals, word processors, law librarians, and other support personnel are stationed in close proximity to attorneys' offices to expedite our work. The firm maintains a state-of-the-art computer system, integrating the latest server and client platforms available today. An in-house Information Systems Department provides technical assistance and expertise for users at all levels of technical proficiency. The firm maintains a dedicated Training Facility and a full-time, in-house Application Training Specialist to provide ongoing training.
A high-speed, dedicated T-1 links Rutan & Tucker with the world via the Internet and access to the Internet is available at every workstation and conference room. Laptops are available for traveling attorneys and are configured for free Internet access from virtually anywhere in the world. Remote access to the firm's network is available to all attorneys "24/7". Everyone in the firm has an Internet e-mail address and the firm encourages e-mail communication with clients and other outside parties as a matter of standard practice.
Rutan & Tucker is strongly committed to applying technology to the practice of law in ways that maximize efficiency. Various legal research services are available online which allow for effective comprehensive legal research. The applications used for document creation and management are consistently updated and are among the very latest, most efficient available. In addition, "back office" programs such as the firm's accounting and firm-wide document management systems utilize the latest database technology. Our attorneys come from diverse educational and geographic backgrounds. We believe Rutan & Tucker offers excellent opportunities for successful law students and new lawyers with a strong desire for professional and personal achievement and a sincere interest in contributing to the continuing growth of one of California's most interesting and successful law practices.