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Kenneth Gary Ruttenberg

Real estate Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   16 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    25%

    29 years, 60 cases

  2. Personal injury
    20%

    29 years, 75 cases

  3. Construction and development
    15%

    26 years, 50 cases

  4. Employment and labor
    15%

    29 years, 50 cases

  5. Wrongful termination
    10%

    29 years, 20 cases

  6. Contracts and agreements
    5%

    29 years, 50 cases

  7. Landlord or tenant
    5%

    29 years, 70 cases

  8. Sexual harassment
    5%

    26 years, 15 cases

Known as a tough civil litigator who represents property owners in construction defect and real estate lawsuits, and employees in cases involving sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, Kenneth G. Ruttenberg is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest designation an attorney can earn, nationwide. In 2014, he was named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by his peers, and from 2015 through 2022, has been listed among the Top 100 Super Lawyers of Southern California. Ken’s aggressive approach to litigation has earned him rave reviews for acting as his clients’ voice and fierce advocate in the legal system. One of his past clients wrote: “You will never find an attorney as qualified and dedicated as Mr. Ruttenberg. His strength of character cannot be matched.” Over the 25+ years that he has been practicing law, he has settled numerous cases involving sexual harassment, disability and racial discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

Similarly, on matters of construction defects, he has obtained multiple six and seven-figure settlements and awards on behalf of property owners, both in court and in arbitration. Additionally, he has obtained verdicts or settled lawsuits involving real estate disputes, personal injury, mold exposure, medical malpractice, wrongful death, breach of contract, business disputes, and insurance bad faith. He also has two published opinions from the California Court of Appeals. All told, Ken is considered one of the best civil litigators in Southern California.

Ken’s expertise in representing the owners of single-family homes, apartment buildings and condos in construction defect lawsuits comes from his years of practicing real estate law. Over that time, Ken has built valuable relationships with construction experts in all fields to assist in uncovering hidden defects and calculating damages. With all of his clients, Ken is able to win their trust and get the job done.

Licensed for 29 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 09/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Kenneth

The Ruttenberg Law Firm
1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 1020
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

Reviews

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Posted by Roberta | August 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
You will never find an attorney as qualified and dedicated as Mr. Ruttenberg. His strength of character cannot be matched. Thanks to his efforts Mr. Ruttenberg successfully resolved a real estate mold issue in my favor during the mediation process. I do not believe this could have happened without him. I cannot praise him enough.
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Posted by Carryl | August 12, 2015
In Great Hands
Without Ken Ruttenberg at my side throughout the grueling mal-practice case, I would have never kept my hopes up so strong. I felt that I was in such great hands! He did an awesome job for me, working hard, being available basically 24/7. He is very dedicated to his work and his clients. He thinks outside the box and covers all the bases well in advance. He is an excellent communicator to all parties to the case, and he explains things to me so well. I never felt like he was not working hard for me. Hew got me a fantastic settlement and never gave in to outside pressures, or the stress involved in the case. Thank you Ken for your hard work, support and dedication to me!
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Posted by Igor | September 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This outstanding lawyer is Pro !!
A very special thank you to Ken for making this experience a comfortable one for a stressful event in my life. You are the Pro !!
Posted by Slavena | February 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent acumen, quality guidance and dedication. Highly recommend!
Words can’t suffice to express my gratitude to Mr. Ruttenberg. He is intelligent, experienced, professional, compassionate and kind. Not only his experience with civil litigation but also his knowledge of other legal areas make him so valuable in solving complex cases. I don’t know what I would have done without his help and support on my case.
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Posted by Avner | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Litigation
We had a complex situation that was involved insurance company, banks and private clients. We had a discussion with Mr. Ruttenberg and he was very knowledgeable about the issues and the possibilities to resolve them. We are now two months after our initial conversation and the issues were resolved. Mr. Ruttenberg was very savvy lawyer. His communication skills and customers service are awesome. We highly recommend this office for your business litigation.
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Posted by Joe | July 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
Ken Ruttenberg is a strong advocate both with the pen and in court. He was my opposing counsel in a difficult case, and was a worthy adversary.
Posted by James | July 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Some attorneys still like to win!
I hired Ken just before he started his own firm to handle a breach of contract matter with a software development company. I was thrilled with the results. He keeps emails short and knows when it's better to pickup the phone or have you come in the office. More importantly he knew the facts in my case and rehearsed his arguments well-before the arbitration. The best part is he treats his clients with respect. Needless to say, he got every dime I was owed from the opposing party in my case. Plus he got attorney's fees, costs and pre-judgment interest. The bottom line is Ken instinctively understands the formula for winning cases and he delivers results.
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Posted by Jane | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Dedicated Attorney
Ken, we are so appreciative of your tireless efforts to defend us. I would highly recommend you to anyone who needs legal representation in cases dealing with unlicensed contractors, home flippers and defective construction. As we discovered, these cases require "gutsy" legal representation and you are definitely the attorney the good guys need on their side. Thanks again for everything.
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Posted by Grace | February 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"With Great Tenacity"
It has been a positive experience working with Ken. His focus and determination allowed me to focus on what is important to me, healing and recovery. He is with you every step of the way and his meticulous attention to detail and commitment prevailed in my case.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awe Inspiring Attorney
And they say attorneys’ have a bad reputation. . . Ken Rutteberg is truly an awe inspiring attorney who gives 100% of himself with his clients. Upon first meeting Mr. Ruttenberg, I knew I had found my attorney! There are two sides to Mr. Ruttenberg’s personality; that as a Bulldog and an empathetic humanitarian, fighting for the underdog. Mr. Ruttenberg’s qualities are inspiring: attentive, reputable, honest, and highly knowledgeable. He was able to resolve a highly stressful mold and homeowner’s situation for me. I feel so privileged to have been a client of Attorney Ken Ruttbenberg.
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Posted by Kandace | July 9, 2015
Hard working Attorney, dedicated to his clients
Ken Ruttenberg is a confident, determined and intelligent attorney who has the utmost compassion for his clients. After being told by other attorneys that I didn't have a case I had lost hope. I came across Ken Ruttenberg and decided to call his office. Roxanna and Ashley, his assistants were extremely helpful from arranging our first meeting until the very end when the case settled. Ken listened to my case. He asked questions and he did a lot of research. Ken called me daily to let me know how things were going even if there wasn't a change. He always wanted me to know I was a priority and things were progressing. He stayed positive and confident and reassured me even when I was exhausted from it all. His professionalism and knowledge make him an exceptional attorney capable of anything. I would recommend him to everyone and I am truly thankful to him and his staff for all that they have done for me during my case. They are people that helped change my life for the better and I am very grateful to them all.
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Posted by Barbara | July 8, 2014
Professional and Personable Attorney
Ken Ruttenberg was my Attorney on a recent personal injury suit. He was great. Very understanding, professional and informed. I would recommend him to anyone. He kept me updated during every step. I feel like he genuinely cared about me as a person, not just a client. His office staff was just as kind and caring as he is.
Posted by Karen | June 17, 2014
A Great Attorney Who Will Win Your Case By Being Bright, Aggressive and Still A Real Human Being.
As a former attorney and businesswoman, I'm first to admit that I'm not the easiest of clients, but Ken, from our first meeting, impressed me not only because he was obviously very smart, but was able to build a high level of trust with me and confidence in his abilities to pursue my difficult case. Throughout the many, many months he represented me, I saw first-hand the respect and credibility that he garnered from opposing counsel, witnesses and even, the mediator of my case who was an esteemed, former judge. And they all genuinely liked him because he was the real deal. I felt that Ken, as a trial lawyer should, was truly fighting for my case, but more importantly to me, he knew I wanted to settle it, so despite being a litigator, he followed my wishes and pursued the case with both vigor, but also respect, grace and intelligence; qualities I see rarely in lawyers today. During settlement negotiations he took the high road, never resorting to anger or intimidation when many lawyers would and this was a very powerful way of dealing with the multiple opposing counsels. I would say that Ken is a combination of a competitive spirit that you need as motivation for a trial lawyer, but also possesses the ability to consider beating his opponent as secondary to pursuit of finding the fairest, and most elegant solution, which is my own case was the settlement that I wanted. I consider Ken and his partners and firm as my firm for life (hopefully a little later than sooner:) I give him an A+ and my highest recommendation, not only because of how he handled my particular case, but because he has a high level of expertise in many different areas of law (which is not common anymore) and I have already recommended him to many friends and colleagues who have had a wide range of legal issues which Ken was able to address with the same level of skill. I, myself, am a tough professional and perfectionist so when I write something positive, it really does mean something.
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Posted by Lori | June 11, 2011
Honored and Respected
My daughter had become very ill due to a toxic mold that was in the home we were renting. After speaking with several attorneys in my local area that turned me away by saying I didn’t have a case and I couldn’t be helped, I came across Mr. Ruttenberg’s law firm online and found that he was located over 4 hours from where we lived. Due to my daughter’s condition and the distance between us I hadn’t had a chance to meet him in person right away, but I knew from the first moment we spoke we had been blessed with Mr. Ruttenberg. His passion for his work and knowledge that he had, made me feel extremely comfortable in such a stressful time in my life. It was a long battle for my 5 year old daughter and our family, however, having Ken at our side and dealing with the legal end of our situation, so I could put 100% of my focus on my child in need, gives me great honor to call him a man of knowledge and heart. He stood by us and fought the greatest fight and I can’t thank him enough for everything he did to help us when we were told we couldn’t be helped. I would and have recommended Ken any chance I get!
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Posted by kannan. | June 10, 2011
Attorney for life
I was introduced to Ken by a friend of mine when I was in a bad, messy legal situation. I was hit with a mechanics lien on my property by a contractor whom I had hired to build a six unit apartment complex. The contractor with out my oral or written permission changed many of the items that was not included in our budget and charged me for it. Thank heaven I found Ken!! I was with another attorney who was just soft as a sponge and was ready to make a compromise with my contractor's attorney. Only wish I had found Ken a bit sooner. Anyway, as soon as Ken took over the case he quickly changed the strategy of the case to the extent that I was able to have an upper hand on my case. We were able to win big with the help of Ken. Ken has a natural gift to put his clients at ease and more over he becomes your friend by the time the case is settled. I have been and always will recommend my good attorney friend to anybody who is suddenly struck with a legal issue and has no where to turn. Ken is my hero for he cleared a big stressful situation for me and most of all...we prevailed.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2011
Excellent Attorney
The last review of Ken is obviously not real. I have nothing but great things to say about Ken. He is an excellent attorney, hard working and very skilled in deposition and in court. He settled my case right before trial. It was a mid-six figure settlement. My only disappointment was not seeing him in action at trial. Don't believe the last review. Anyone would be lucky to have Ken on his/her side.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 30%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tesser Ruttenberg & Grossman LLP
  • 2001 - 2016

Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • $980,000 settlement
  • Confidential
  • $670,000 settlement

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 100
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
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Speaking Engagements

  • Confidential
  • How to handle a mold claim from the plaintiff’s perspective.
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (0)
General practice Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Ken as opposing counsel. I found him to be professional, courteous and competent. It was a pleasure working with him."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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