Kai Ruess joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2011 after graduating from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He became a partner of the firm in 2018.
Kai specializes in municipal law and works closely with the firm’s public entity client. He currently serves as a Senior Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Woodside; Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Carlos; Senior Deputy City Attorney for City of Foster City; Deputy General Counsel for the South Bayside Waste Management Authority; Deputy Counsel for the Coastside Fire Protection District; and Deputy Counsel for Central County Fire Protection District.
Kai also serves private clients. He handles employment law matters, landlord-tenant disputes, and all types of civil litigation. He has also been retained by both private and public clients to investigate workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints, and provides workplace harassment trainings. Kai currently provides legal counsel to the Saddlecreek Community Service District and the Industrial Emergency Council.
Kai previously taught first-year Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court at his alma mater, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Kai is an undergraduate alumnus of the University of California, Davis, where received his B.A. with honors in both Psychology and Sociology/Law and Society in 2007.
Kai received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2011.
Membership & Activities
Kai is a member of the Barristers and Municipal Law Section and a former board member of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former member Cal Aggie Alumni Association Finance Committee.
Kai was recently appointed to the League of California Cities FPPC Standing Committee which monitors the proceedings of the FPPC and advises the FPPC of city concerns and the practical implications of proposed policies.