Kai Ruess joined the firm in 2011 upon graduating from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. During law school, Kai served as the Production Editor of the Hastings Science and Technology Journal. He also competed in The National Moot Court Competition, the John Marshall International Moot Court Competition and Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. During these events, Kai argued in the Federal District Court in Chicago, the Wisconsin Municipal Court in Madison, Wisconsin and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Kai received the “Best Brief” award at the regional rounds of the National Moot Court Competition and the Third Place Oral Argument at the 2009 Snodgrass Competition at Hastings. He also coached moot court teams at the Wager Employment Law Competition and the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Competitions in New York City. At the end of Kai’s final year at Hastings, its Moot Court program was ranked #1 in the country.
Kai is an undergraduate alumnus of the University of California, Davis and previously served on the Finance Committee of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. While at Davis, he served as the Controller of the Associated Students and authored the organization’s $10 million 2006-2007 budget. He also served on the Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee, which reports to the Chancellor at UC Davis.
Current Legal Practice
Since joining the firm, Kai has worked with the partners in our office to service both our private and public entity clients. Kai currently serves as a Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Woodside; Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Carlos; Deputy City Attorney for City of Foster City; Deputy Counsel for the Coastside Fire Protection District; and Deputy Counsel for Central County Fire Protection District.
Kai handles many landlord-tenant disputes for both public and private clients. He has also been retained to investigate employee harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims for both private and public entities.
Membership & Activities
Kai currently serves as a member of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a member of the Barristers and Municipal Law Section. Kai continues to serve as a “judge” for the Hastings Moot Court program has coached Hastings competition teams at the Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational in New Orleans, the Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City, the Federal Bar Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C., and the International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology & Privacy Law in Chicago.
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., University of California, Davis
Phone: (650) 593-3117
Fax: (650) 453-3911