Jacquelyn D. Ruffin

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in Ventura, California

Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, L.L.P.
Jacquelyn D. Ruffin
Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, L.L.P.

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Nonprofit Organizations; view more

Licensed in California since: 2011

Education: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
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39 N California St
Ventura, CA 93001 Visit website


Jacquelyn D. Ruffin is a partner at the Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold L.L.P. law firm in Ventura County. She represents businesses, public agencies, and individual clients throughout the State of California in business/corporate, real estate, and land use matters. Illustrative matters include:

  • Formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships;
  • Formation of nonprofit corporations and preparation of tax-exempt applications;
  • General counsel services for corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and nonprofits;
  • Assisting clients with buying and selling businesses through stock purchase agreements, LLC membership purchase agreements, and business asset sales;
  • Advocating for clients in real estate purchase and sales;
  • Providing real estate due diligence, including preliminary title report review and elimination of title exceptions;
  • Preparing, negotiating, and analyzing real estate leases and subleases;
  • Preparing and negotiating easements;
  • Advising clients about protection of their real property interests (e.g., minimizing risk of prescriptive easements); 
  • Representation of clients through land use entitlement processes, including CEQA review;
  • Representation of public agencies in business matters, real estate matters, and land use matters, including compliance with public agency statutes (e.g., competitive bidding laws, other public contracting laws, and surplus property laws);
  • Representation of public agencies in matters related to the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and similar laws.

Ms. Ruffin earned her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. While in law school, she was an extern with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

To give back to her community and improve the lives of those around her, Ms. Ruffin previously volunteered at the Oxnard Juvenile Justice Complex through the nonprofit Girls, Inc.; volunteered with several other nonprofits, including Just Communities Central Coast; and worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She is the immediate past president of the Ventura County Bar Association, past president of Women Lawyers of Ventura County, and past president of the Black Lawyers Association of Ventura County. The Pacific Coast Business Times named her the Editor’s Choice for the Top 50 Women in Business in 2018 and named her to the 40 Under 40 in 2014.

Practice areas

Business/Corporate, Land Use/Zoning, Nonprofit Organizations, Schools & Education, Environmental, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Education, Environmental Law, Limited Liability Companies, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Partnership, Schools, Sub-chapter S Corporations

First Admitted: 2011, California

Professional Webpage: https://mwgjlaw.com/attorneys/jacquelyn-d-ruffin/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Ventura County Bar Association, Past President
  • Women Lawyers of Ventura County, Past President
  • Black Lawyers of Ventura County, Past President
  • Represented public agency client in connection with sale of multimillion dollar parcel of real property 
  • Drafted roadway easements, water well easements, view easements, and other easements
  • Formed numerous nonprofit corporations, prepared clients' tax-exempt applications, and registered clients with Attorney General  
  • Resolved property boundary dispute issues by negotiated settlement, lot line adjustments, and easement grants 
  • Represent clients in connection with their leases, subleases, and related land use matters 
  • Resolved multimillion dollar contractual dispute for public agency client 
  • Represented client in purchase of multimillion dollar property and formation of LLC to hold title to property 
Representative Clients:
  • Elementary and unified school districts
  • Nonprofit entities (501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), etc.)
  • For-profit businesses, including start-ups
  • Individuals
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Chapter reviewer for the 2017 California Municipal Law Handbook
  • "California Public Records Act and the Blurred Line Between What's Public and What's Private" June 20, 2017
  • "Is it Legal Under the Brown Act?  Yes, No, or it Depends...It's just not that Simple Anymore" April 26, 2017
  • "Potential Risks of Using Online Legal Services" March 7, 2017
  • Chapter reviewer for the 2017 California Municipal Law Handbook
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Girls, Inc. volunteer at Oxnard Juvenile Justice Complex
  • American Bar Association and the California Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Past president of Women Lawyers of Ventura County (WLVC)
  • Past President of Black Lawyers of Ventura County
  • President, Ventura County Bar Association (VCBA)
  • 40 Under 40, Pacific Coast Business Times, 2014
  • , Earl Warren, Ventura County Mexican American Bar Association, and Henry De Garmo scholarships
  • , Named a Top Rated Schools and Education Attorney in 2017-2021 by Super Lawyers
  • Annual award for the tri-counties, Top 50 Women in Business - Editor's Choice, Pacific Coast Business Times, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Business
  • Individuals
  • Nonprofits
  • Public Agencies

Office location for Jacquelyn D. Ruffin

39 N California St
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 805-644-7188


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

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