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At the Forefront of Employment & Wage Law in Sacramento and Northern California




20+ Years of Litigation Experience


UC Berkeley B.A.


Hastings College of Law


California Bar Association

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Sacramento County Bar

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American bar association

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The San Francisco Bar

Matthew J Ruggles

Experience in Action

I have over 20 years of "Big Law" experience doing labor and employment litigation in state and federal courts. Generally speaking, my experience has been as lead counsel in litigation of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage violations in court, as well as collective bargaining issues. I have handled scores of lawsuits in both state and federal courts, with jury trial experience in both venues.

Specialties: My particular practice concentrates on complex litigation, including single-plaintiff discrimination/harassment cases, class actions, PAGA claims, and wage & hour lawsuits. I have particular expertise in civil procedure in state and federal courts, and have a significant and exemplary record of winning cases for my clients.


Ruggles Law Firm
December 2016 - Present

Representing California employees in Employment Law and Wage in state and federal courts. 


Sacramento Office of a National Firm
January 2016 - September 2016

Management-side Labor & Employment Law litigation.

Equity Partner

Littler Mendelson

January 2001 - December 2015

Primarily handle complex litigation, including class actions, PAGA claims, wage and hour lawsuits, single plaintiff wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment lawsuits. Expertise on civil procedure in state and federal court, including removal issues, summary disposition of claims, and arbitration issues.

Partner: 2005 to 2015

Senior Associate: 2001 to 2005

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Epstein Becker & Green
November 1999 - January 2001

Strictly handled management-side employment and labor law.

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Pahl & Gosselin
May 1997 - October 1999

Worked as an associate attorney under Tom Gosselin in his San Francisco office doing management-side labor and employment law.

Associate Attorney

Thierman Law Firm
September 1993 - May 1997

Worked for Mark Thierman during law school, and several years immediately afterwards doing management-side labor and employment law.


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