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Edward John Rutyna

Personal injury Attorney at Fountain Valley, CA

4.7   15 reviews

also known as Edward J. Rutyna, Solution Law, APC

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 33 years
    California - CA 37 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Represent seriously injured individuals in personal injury and insurance matters through mediation, arbitration, and trial.

    33 years, 150 cases

  2. Workers compensation
    Ethical and aggressive representation of injured workers before the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (formerly the WCAB) at venues throughout Southern California. Over two-hundred trials on workers' compensation matters.

    37 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Employment and labor
    Representation of both employees and employers in this high-stakes area. Services include both litigation and preventative law, including the drafting of employment separation agreements.

    37 years, 30 cases

 In 2019 I joined Solution Law, APC, on Harbor Blvd. in Fountain Valley as part of a team of experienced lawyers and paralegals that focus on personal injury as well as business, employment, real estate,  and trust litigation as well as criminal defense matters in both federal and California courts. A former police officer heads our criminal defense practice. Many staff members are bilingual in Vietnamese. 

Early evening and Saturday appointments are available. 

I continue to handle workers' compensation cases at both Solution Law and at The Law Offices of Frank J. Mastroni in Huntington Beach. 

In workers' compensation cases, we have turned around multiple denied claims into accepted cases in which our clients receive surgeries paid for by the insurance company as well as disability benefits followed by favorable settlements. Our firm does not push our clients into early settlements, but instead, we litigate for medical treatment and indemnity benefits, trying cases often. Since 1987 I have tried over two-hundred workers' compensation cases, often on difficult and novel issues. In addition, I have authored over twenty briefs before the California Court of Appeal on workers' compensation issues.

Legal volunteer work includes service since 1991 as a volunteer judge (judge pro tempore) at various venues of the California Division of Workers' Compensation as well as a small claims and traffic court judge in Orange County. Also, I have served four terms on the Board of Directors of a Homeowners' Association with two terms as president during a period of construction defect litigation and two terms on the Board of Directors, including a term as vice-president, of another homeowners' association. 

My legal career started in the Huntington Beach City Attorney's office where I served as a Deputy City Attorney from 1986 to 1988 and on a contract basis as an outside attorney until 2003. 

In personal injury matters, Solution Law fronts all costs and works on a contingency fee such that our clients never pay anything out-of-pocket. All fees and costs are deducted from the award or settlement. 

In workers' compensation matters, there are no upfront costs or fees for injured workers with claims before the California workers' compensation courts.  Our fees are usually 15% of any award or settlement subject to approval by a California Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge.


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With a satisfied client after a hearing in Orange County Superior Court in Newport Beach. Through my work with Solution Law in Fountain Valley, I handle criminal and civil litigation hearings and trials, including probate and employment matters.
Conferring with a fellow workers' compensation professional, Glen Laughlin, at the Van Nuys District Office of the Division of Workers' Compensation. I admire Glenn as he also is an accomplished musician outside of his work as a hearing representative.
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Solution Law
16580 Harbor Blvd.
Suite K
Fountain Valley, CA, 92708
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4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am very thankful that I had Edward as my legal council. He was very knowledgeable, dependable and available during my case. We were always in complete communication at all times. Most importantly, he walked me through each path, choices , legal battles with complete understanding. He had a list of amazing doctors and referrals for my healing. He fought to the end to get my best outcome . I would highly recommend him to my family and friends. You will be very happy to have him for your legal counsel. I am very grateful for his work .
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Posted by Bran | April 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An honest and empathetic attorney.
Went in for a consultation and he was very straight forward and did not rush me to signing a contract, but advised me what's best for my own interest.
Posted by Yesenia | April 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worker comp
I am truly grateful for Mr.edward he was able to get all the proper medical care for me and guide me thru the whole process.. He makes sure u are fully aware of the updates of ur case what he keeps in touch with you at least once a week just to make you are okay and if you need anything which is the best because no other attorneys do that .. I am really happy with the outcome of my case thanks to Mr. Edward ..
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Rutyna is very personable and has extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the legal system. His years of experience, keen attention to details and long standing history with best ways to get accurate results stand out. He took the time to listen to my concerns, equally provided me with knowledge of my questions, as well as next best steps to expect. I highly recommend obtaining Mr. Rutyna if you want to win your case and get the best outcome!
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Posted by Marianne | October 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Guidance from Mr. Rutyna
I called Mr. Rutnya's office seeking advice on a particular workplace situation. I was able to speak to him right away, and he really took time and listened to the circumstances, and gave me some "straight talk" on the path that I needed to take with this! Very grateful for the true consultation, and expert advice I received.
Posted by Analiza Bolt | August 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer for Workers Comp Cases
I consulted and hired Edward Rutyna back in January of this year (2020). I have worked for over 25 years and never had to file a workers comp claim until now. Therefore, I have no idea on the process of it all. Prior to working with Mr. Rutyna, I have consulted with two other Law Firms. The first one, basically decided to not handle my case due to it's being very complicated and he believed that he will not win the case (emotional distress and other medical issues). The second attorney I spoke with advise of the difficulties of the case and preferred that I handle the first process until the insurance company gives me a choice of MPN doctors. This attorney then will assist me of choosing the best MPN doctor on the list and then will decide whether he would handle my case. (I have decided to not name the Law Firms). Then I spoke with Mr. Rutyna. he was very kind, knowledgeable when it comes to workers comp claims. He listened and answered my questions with great ease. He explained the complications of my claims but also believed that I have a strong case. He was very upfront and honest about the entire process and advise that my case could take years. Mr. Rutyna, was very thorough and kept me posted on my case at all times. Mr. Rutyna, had settled my claim just a few days ago and I am very happy with the outcome. He fought very hard on my behalf and I recommend him 110% to anyone who needs a workers comp claim attorney. I guarantee you will be happy with the result. Thank you Edward, for all your hard work and support!!!! - Analiza Bolt
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Posted by Mayra | April 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Working with Edward was a Pleasure he is a great attorney very responsible answer my emails and calls all the time also very helpful we settled the case and less than a month a received my money from my Worker’s Compensation case which is great I am very pleased with his work and will recommend him to anybody who needs an attorney I give him a 5 star Ratin
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific Worker Compensation Attny
I am a former Workers Compensation examiner/Consultant. I know Mr. Rutyna from the days I was an adjuster. I was and am always impressed with his knowledge and experience in the Workers Compensation ever-changing laws. When there was a complicated issue, I would always first consult him, prior to other WC attorneys I know in the field. As my clients were employers (high dollar self-insured clientele) was my specialty. And I would always recommend Mr. Rutyna to my clients. I had zero fear of his work would disappoint them or hurt my reputation. I also would refer friends, relatives to him for representation. He always had better than expected results/settlements. Now that I work for the public sector, I had a WC claim and the First-person I went to for representation was Mr. Rutyna. Mr. Rutyna explained to me that realistically my case was extremely difficult to prevail on. Approx. we settled my DENIED TWICE claim for a nice amount.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the top Work Comp Lawyers in OC
I was extremely pleased with the Settlement EDWARD J. RUTYNA just procured for me, who works with attorney Mastroni. I found this firm online in 2018 - and (after just settling my Work Comp case, several months later) - I now consider Edward prob. among the top Work Comp. lawyers in OC. I had called other firms, Ed seemed the most knowledgeable on the overall process - so I went w/ him and made the right call.. I had 2 depos, it was a dragged out process - by the Ins. cos (Hartford) - they approve certain dr appts. and reject others - back and forth Ed knew how to navigate through the medical / ins. system - with the opposing lawyers, AND insurance companies - I was facing off against the Hartford for a work comp case where I had a nasty head/eye injury - - The Hartford tried to start claiming I had pre-existing injuries, they were not approving my med. appts. they changed lawyers, all the typical Ins. games -but Ed and I stood firm in our position - and I got a good settlement. I will recommend Ed to *anyone*- he has numerous years of Litigation experience, and overall legal knowledge to get best results- any one needing a Workers Comp., or Civil attorney -call him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very patient and knowledgeable attorney
Had a very informative consult with Mr. Rutyna today. I was very impressed with his knowledge of Workman Comp. and WCMSA. Both can be very complicated and confusing. Mr. Rutyna guided me through the process and brought up scenarios that I could never have imagined. His knowledge is priceless. I would highly recommend Mr. Rutyna. Thank you again.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend Attorney Edward Rutyna
I highly recommend Mr. Rutyna. He gave me good advice regarding my workers comp. case. He answered all of my questions and provided me with recommendations in regards to my case.
Posted by Cathy | May 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
fast response
This morning I called the office to ask a couple questions, Edward was not in the office but I got a call back within one hour from Edward he was very nice and helped me to the best of his ability without being my attorney. Thank you
Posted by Tim | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ed is an excellent civil litigation and worker's compensation attorney
Ed is an excellent civil litigation and worker's compensation attorney with many creative ideas. I worked with Ed many years ago, and he did a wonderful job in matters we collaborated together on at the firm.
Response from Edward Rutyna March 29, 2017
Thank you Tim and please keep in touch.
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and Helpful attorney!
I contacted attorney Rutyna for a worker comp case. He provided detailed information on wc procedures and offered advice on the different available courses of action. The WC system is complicated and this attorney explained it in layman terms for me. He was helpful and took his time during the consultation. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
consulted over email
Edward sent me suggestions over the email and then when I asked Edward to resend the email, as they were blocked, he failed to resend. I made the mistake of sending him information on my case, which he asked for. Then he emailed me back saying my present attorney, who he knows, was very nice and very busy
Response from Edward Rutyna January 5, 2019
This review from a potential client whom I declined to represent lacks credibility, and the reviewer provides a dishonest assessment. The reviewer asked me to look into her matter, which I did for free, and she sent me no fewer than seven emails, each of which thanked me for my time and advice. The reviewer is looking for a third attorney to represent her on a stress case that has gone on for years, and I politely declined. After I informed her that I would not serve as her lawyer and knew of no other attorney that might be interested, she has decided to attempt to besmirch me. I have no duty to resend emails that she deleted. Often attorneys are the bearer of bad tidings: I informed her that the defendant is under no duty to make a lump sum settlement offer and obtaining authorized psychological treatment out-of-state in her circumstances is not likely. I wish her well and she is free to consult with as many attorneys as she chooses and perhaps someone will agree to represent her.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-550 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Long Beach District Office
  • California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers' Compensation
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Grancell, Lebovitz, Stander, Reubens & Thomas
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Bradford & Barthel
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Zurich Insurance Company
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney-Owner
  • Law Office of Edward J. Rutyna
  • 1996 - 2005
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Orange County Municipal Court
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • California Workers Compensation Appeals Board
  • 1991 - 2004
  • Arbitrator, Attorney-Client Dispute Program
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Instructor
  • Santa Ana College
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Attorney- Associate then Partner
  • Mouser Channels & Giddens
  • 1988 - 1996
  • Deputy City Attorney
  • City of Huntington Beach
  • 1985 - 1988
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  • Chapman University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2007
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1985
  • Boston College
  • B.A.
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Judgment for attorney client after a short trial in a malpractice suit
  • Defense judgment for my client
  • Confidential v. Confidential
  • Favorable trial decision finding a work injury
  • Confidential v. Confidential
  • Settlement
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  • Orange County Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Pier Colony Homeowners Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1997 - 2002
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Specialist in Workers'​ Compensation Law
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Green Valley Homeowners Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1994 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Honors and Awards

  • Workers' Compensation Law SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV rated
  • Martindale- Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale -Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale- Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Excellence for the Future Award - Tax Ethics
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Education (CALI)
  • 2006
  • AV rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • Certified Specialist
  • State Bar of California
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Training seminar for Orange County workers' compensation insurance professionals
  • Workers' Compensation Claims- Why Cases are Won or Lost at the Mandatory Settlement Conference
  • 2004
  • Orange County Bar Association Workers' Comp section meeting
  • workers' compensation practice
  • 1998
  • California Workers' Compensation Practice Update
  • workers' compensation practice
  • 1996
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Workers' Compensation Practice Update
  • 1994
  • Orange County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section Meeting
  • Appellate Practice
  • 1988
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (52)
Endorse Edward
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from John's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Mr. Rutyna."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rutyna is an excellent work comp attorney in our area. He is knowledgeable and cares about his clients"
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Rutyna. He has vast experience representing both injured workers and insurance carriers, giving him a distinct ability to assess claims and provide sound advice."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ed is an excellent attorney, extremely knowledgeable, and experienced in Workers Compensation Law. He knows how to get results and is a great advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edward John Rutyna is extremely dedicated to the practice and truly believes in justice for all."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edward is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this excellent lawyer. Mr. Rutyna is an expert in his practice areas and a valuable contributor to the AVVO community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rutyna is an expert in his practice areas and a valuable contributor to the AVVO community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edward is an excellent attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to clients. I endorse him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Edward is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With his extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, he is bound to invest his time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Friend
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Edward's attention to detail is without equal and he is an expert in not only tax (we attended LL.M program together a decade ago and have maintained contact) but of course his main area which is Worker Comp. Very fine individual, pleasure to work with, and I would hire him without hesitation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed knows the work comp world, both sides. He will get a top notch settlement for you."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed Rutyna is an insightful commentator here at Avvo. His reviews and endorsements indicate that he is a lawyer who has worked to earn the trust and respect of his clients and peers alike. I endorse Edward Rutyna, Esq."
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