KEVIN F. RUF graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. He was an associate at the Los Angeles firm Manatt Phelps and Phillips from 1988 until 1992, where he specialized in commercial litigation. In 1993, he joined the firm Corbin & Fitzgerald (with future federal district court Judge Michael Fitzgerald) specializing in white collar criminal defense work. Kevin joined the Glancy firm in 2001 and is the head of the firm’s Labor practice.
Kevin has successfully argued a number of important appeals, including in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has twice argued cases before the California Supreme Court – winning both. In Smith v. L’Oreal (2006), the California Supreme Court established a fundamental right of all California workers to immediate payment of all earnings at the conclusion of their employment. The second California Supreme Court case, Lee v. Dynamex (2018), has been called a “blockbuster” and “bombshell” as it altered 30 years of California law and established a new definition of employment that brings more workers within the protections of California’s Labor Code. Kevin won the prestigious California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award in 2019 for his work on the Dynamex case.
Kevin has been named one of California’s “Top 75 Employment Lawyers” by the Daily Journal. He has consistently been named a “Super Lawyer.”
Since 2014, Kevin has been an elected member of the Ojai Unified School District Board of Trustees. Kevin was also a Main Company Member of the world-famous Groundlings improv and sketch comedy troupe – “where everyone else got famous.”