Ronald Rus - Brown Rudnick LLP

Ronald Rus

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Ronald Rus limits his practice to complex business litigation and trials in all forums and was selected by his peers to Best Lawyers in America for 2009 through 2015 in the areas of Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy Litigation; as well as the Business Litigation Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers since 2008.  He frequently serves on Continuing Education of the Bar and other Bar Association panels relating to complex litigation and bankruptcy.  He was co-author of the CEB Trial Practice Institute's manual on Complex Civil Litigation, and has been a visiting lecturer on complex litigation at Stanford University School of Law.  Ron has been the subject of feature articles by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily Journal, profiling him and his cases.

In 1998 Ron was chosen over some of Orange County's best attorneys as the 'Top Gun' trial lawyer by the Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section, was designated as co-lead counsel in the historic ACC/Lincoln Savings securities litigation in 1992 and has successfully tried numerous multi-million dollar cases to verdict for plaintiffs and defendants.

Ron was selected to serve as a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in 2007-2009.  He is a Master of the Bench in the American Inns of Court, is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He was a founder and a director of the Federal Bar Association (Orange County Chapter) and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.  Ron was selected and served as a Commissioner of the California State Bar, Judicial Nominees Evaluation ("JNE")

Commission, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.  He was a founding director of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and served as the President of that organization from 1989-1990. He served on the Board of Directors of the California Bankruptcy Forum from 1989-1994 and was chosen as the Chairman of that organization's annual conference in 1994.


Pepperdine UniversityJ.D. 1975University of Southern CaliforniaBA 1972
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceOrange County Bankruptcy ForumCalifornia Bankruptcy ForumFederal Bar AssociationCalifornia Judicial Nominations Evaluation CommissionAmerican Bar AssociationOrange County Bar AssociationAssociation of Business Trial Lawyers

Case History

Casey v. U.S. Bank 127 Cal. App. 4th 1138 (2005) — Prevailed in establishing the difinitive California authoity on aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty (later also adopted by the Ninth Circuit)
In re County of Orange 183 B.R. 594 (C.D. Cal 1995) — Represented municipilities in securing dismissal as a "bad faith" filing of the chapter 9 filed on behalf of the multi billion dollar "County of Orange Investment Pool"
In re American Continental Corp./Lincoln Savings & Loan Litigation 794 F. Supp 1424 (D.Ariz. 1992) — Co-Lead counsel for national class of  Bondholders in notorious (Charles Keating) multi-district litigation with recoveries from some of  the country''s largest accounting and law firms.
In re Fietz 852 F.2d 455 (9th Cir. 1988) — Seminal case on Bankruptcy Court jurisdiction

Client Comments

"Ron Rus's skill level in handling our case bordered on artistic."

"Ronald Rus is an outstanding strategist and courtroom advocate."

-Richard Derevan
Of Counsel
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

"Ron is one of the best lawyers in Southern California. I would trust him with any case I had."

-Fred Siegel
The Fred Siegel Company

"Ron knows how to try a case. He is more of a big picture guy than a detail guy. This makes Ron and Randy Smith a great team. "

-Kenneth Small
Vice President - Senior Counsel
Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc.

"Ronald Rus has a very quick study of the issue(s). He focuses on the outcome. He is a ferocious litigator, always keeping his clients' best interests in mind. He is the one you want in the 'foxhole' with you in the battle of your financial life."

"Ronald Rus has a very quick study of the issue(s). He focuses on the outcome. He is a ferocious litigator, always keeping his clients' best interests in mind. He is the one you want in the foxhole with you in the battle of your financial life."

Office Location

2211 Michelson Drive, Seventh Floor
Irvine, CA 92612
United States

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Bankruptcy

Other Information

Gender: Male