Howard Rutten

Howard Rutten

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Studio City, CA

The Rutten Law Firm, a Professional Law Corporation
 | 4221 Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: 818-308-6915
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

My firm represents people suffering financial and emotional losses because an employer violated their legal rights. We oppose systemic corporate abuses in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment and discrimination cases occurring every day.

We see our clients as individuals with unique stories to tell. While we recognize certain familiar and recurring patterns in employment cases, the particular facts at play always dictate our legal strategy. We focus on exactly what an employer did and why they did it. We assess the real and actual harms and losses suffered by our clients. Most importantly, we recognize that we work for our clients, not the other way around.

Nationally recognized trial consultant, David Ball, advises that plaintiff's lawyers cut-out and frame on their wall a page from his book which reads: "The only goal of trial is to get money for your client." This is our philosophy and we do everything within our power to maximize our clients' recoveries. We have built a strong track record of success in employment law cases and will continue to push the envelope protecting workers' rights.

About Howard Rutten

Admitted: 1993, California

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Merit Scholar, 1991
  • Law Review, Member, 1991

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member, 2007
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles, Member, 2007
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2007
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Employment and Business Litigation Sections, Member, 1997
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1993
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1993
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $148,109 Judgment after Trial in breach of fiduciary action; Moshe Elyakim v. Yossi Attia et al., 2014
  • $175,000 settlement of wrongful termination/Labor Code § 970 Fraudulent Inducement to Relocate case, 2014
  • $425,000 settlement of whistleblower/wrongful termination case against non-profit entity, 2014
  • $500,000 settlement of disability discrimination/failure to accommodate case against non-profit entity, 2014
  • $1,000,000 settlement of transgender discrimination and harassment case., 2013
  • $380,000 settlement of sexual harassment case against Real Property Manager, 2012
  • $950,000 settlement of whistleblower case by fiscal director of a non-profit Head Start Agency after exposure of fraudulent and illegal practices resulted in termination, 2012
  • $3.425 million settlement of defamation case against Fortune 50 company., 2012
  • Summary Judgment defense verdict on $625,000 claim by Grubb & Ellis Company for real estate commission on $38 million property development affirmed on appeal., 2011
  • $375,000 settlement of sexual harassment case, 2011
  • $225,000 settlement of FMLA retaliation case., 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Filed lawsuit against Toyota Motor North America, Inc. et al. for harassment and discrimination against an individual based on gender identity., 2012

Industry Groups

  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association Of California
  • Office Location for Howard Rutten

    4221 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
    Studio City, CA 91604


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    Last Updated: 3/15/2017

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