Law Students

We believe Rutan 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.
Administratively, Rutan’s attorneys are organized in six Sections or departments:
  • Litigation and Trial
  • Government and Regulatory
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate and Tax
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property
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.  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, Associates 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 and the San Francisco office is located in the City’s Financial District. 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.

All 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.  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”.

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.

2017 Summer Associates

Recruiting Information

For the Fall 2019 recruiting season, Rutan & Tucker will conduct the following on-campus interviews:

Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law: August 5
Stanford Law School: August 8
University of California, Berkeley School of Law: July 30
University of California, Irvine School of Law: July 29
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law: July 30
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law: August 1
Washington University School of Law: August 12

Georgetown University Law Center Los Angeles On Tour Interview Program: July 25

Interested and qualified students at other nationally recognized law schools where the firm does not conduct on-campus recruiting are encouraged to submit cover letters, resumes, and first year transcripts in August and September to Rutan & Tucker’s Recruiting Manager, Ms. Jodi Brooks. Individual follow-up interviews can sometimes be scheduled during the summer before the student returns to school.

The firm is pleased to announce its 2019 Summer Associate Class:

Michael Benvenuti, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
Robina Gallagher, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Rachel Goldman, Pepperdine University School of Law
Asad Karamally, The University of Chicago Law School
Michael Malakouti, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Nicholas Moss, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Jessica Sanders, Washington University, School of Law

If you have any questions or wish to submit a resume, Ms. Jodi Brooks may be contacted at Rutan & Tucker, 611 Anton Blvd., Fourteenth Floor, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Inquiries may also be directed by email at:

Associate Mentoring Program

Associates represent the future of our firm. Therefore, developing associates is critical to the long-term success of Rutan & Tucker. The purpose of the firm’s mentoring program is to assist associates in transitioning into the firm and developing skills that will assist them to be successful partners with Rutan & Tucker.

New associates (both from law school and laterals) will be assigned a peer mentor. This assignment will formally remain in place for two years with the expectation that an informal relationship would continue indefinitely. All associates will also be assigned a partner mentor. Both the peer mentor and the partner mentor will be identified from a pool of people who have volunteered to serve as a mentor. A peer mentor should be at least a third year associate who has been with the firm for at least two years. The role of a peer mentor is to provide new associates with someone near their experience level to whom the new associate will be comfortable bringing questions or issues. Those responsibilities will include setting goals for the relationship; establishing time commitments and logistics related to the relationship; providing practical information about day-to-day life as an attorney at Rutan &Tucker. The peer mentor will also act as a resource to answer questions regarding the firm and work assignments and will discuss the traditions and culture that make Rutan & Tucker special.

The role of the partner mentor is to provide an associate with someone who is more experienced in the practice of law and with the firm who can provide insight, context and perspective regarding an associate’s legal career. The primary role of the partner mentor is to help the associate understand the bigger picture and clearly understand his or her path to partnership and success in the legal profession. The partner mentor is also to guide the associate on effective techniques for beginning a plan for developing business through the use of building networks and becoming involved in the community.

The program also has a Mentor Program Champion who is a senior partner and is respected throughout the firm and recognized as an excellent mentor of associates. The Mentor Program Champion is responsible for developing a process for pairing mentors with associates, developing any training for mentors, tracking success of the mentor program and recognizing and rewarding successful mentors.

At Rutan, our commitment to diversity is inseparable from our commitment to excellence.

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