Kristan L. Ruggerello, Partner

Kristan’s practice is concentrated in civil litigation, criminal defense and trial. 

Commercial Litigation: She has handled commercial litigation and general business litigation matters, specifically in the construction industry, including breach of warranty, breach of contract, and business related torts.

Appellate Services: Kristan has handled the research and preparation of appellate briefs, particularly in the area of criminal defense. 

Criminal Defense:  Kristan previously worked with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.  She was lead counsel on twenty-two trials, has argued hundreds of motions, and represented clients on both felony and misdemeanor matters. 

Representative Publications

  • How the Ninth Circuit Interprets ‘Likelihood of Confusion.’ (12 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 246)
  •  Does Dilution Make Trademarks Into Unconstitutional Patents? (12 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 180)

Community Involvement

Public Law Center, Volunteer Attorney (2003-2006)
Project Cuddle, Volunteer (2007-present)



Seattle University School of Law
(J.D., 2001, Cum Laude)

Trinity College
Institute on International and Comparative Law,  Dublin, Ireland (1999)

University of Washington
(B.A., Political Science, 1997)
Dean’s Honor List

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

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