2022 "Women in Law" Award Winner, Emily Ruby, specializes in complex cases, many of which involve catastrophic injuries and deaths. Mrs. Ruby has personally obtained more than $78.6 Million in compensation for her clients with an impressive 97.4% success rate and is a graduate of the prestigious CAALA Trial Academy. She was selected as one of Forbes' Best Wrongful Death Lawyers and is a writer for Advocate Magazine
Emily Ruby is a trial attorney whose practice is dedicated to representing injured people and their families against the individuals, companies, and public entities who caused them harm. Emily litigates, and if necessary, tries to verdict, personal injury and wrongful death cases involving workplace injuries, construction site accidents, dangerous properties and roadways, defective products, explosions and fires, commercial trucking, auto and motorcycle collisions, dog bites, and pedestrian and bicyclist injuries, among many other types of injuries.
A Passion For Justice
Mrs. Ruby grew up in Northern California knowing that she was going to be a trial lawyer. She was particularly inspired by the story of Erin Brockovich, and wanted to obtain justice for people who were injured or died as a result of companies harming people and the environment for profit. In pursuit of this goal, Emily graduated cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies. Emily also played collegiate lacrosse at UCSB, which further strengthened her competitive spirit that continues to be an asset in the courtroom and at the negotiating table today.
Emily then moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Law School, due to its reputation for educating top trial lawyers. She earned highly competitive positions on one of the school's law review journals and on its nationally ranked trial advocacy team. Although Emily enjoyed the challenge these programs provided, she was frustrated that her time and hard work were not actually benefitting real people with real problems.
Putting Passion Into Practice
After Emily completed her first year of law school, she began her dream of working for the large plaintiffs' law firm made famous by Erin Brockovich. Emily thrived working full-time as a law clerk throughout the remainder of law school, working on a wide range of personal injury, employment, and mass tort cases. Over these years, Emily found that her genuine compassion and understanding for each client's needs, combined with her creative and fearless approach to establishing liability in each case she worked on, made her uniquely suited to representing individuals with catastrophic injuries and their families, and the heirs of a deceased person, in difficult and complex liability cases.
Shortly after passing the Bar in 2013, Emily joined the Law Offices of David H. Greenberg as the primary litigation attorney. David, who had fifty highly successful years of experience as a plaintiffs' trial attorney owning his own law firm, immediately recognized that Emily's experience and drive made her the perfect advocate for the firm's clients.
During the time that most young lawyers are writing briefs and memos for more senior attorneys, Emily was out in the trenches fighting hard for her clients' rights and best interests. As a result, very early in her career, Emily's opposing counsel and co-counsel, alike, already recognized her as a tough and effective advocate for each person who trusted her to represent and fight for them.
Emily's reputation for being willing to take on, and successfully resolve, cases that other attorneys felt were impossible is well-founded. She recently secured a remarkable $12.6 million settlement for her client, a victim of a devastating crash. The case involved intricate legal issues, as Emily astutely identified that the improper construction of a median and the absence of proper traffic signs were contributing factors to the accident. This extended responsibility beyond the street racer involved and included the contractors responsible for building the street, as well as the city of Cathedral City itself. Despite numerous challenges in proving liability, Emily's unwavering determination and exhaustive efforts led to this substantial settlement.
In August of 2023, Mrs. Ruby demonstrated her exceptional skill in securing a significant $8 million+ settlement in a premises liability and assault case. Despite initially facing a low-ball offer from the at-fault party, Emily's relentless dedication and expertise in negotiation ultimately led to this substantial resolution.
She single-handedly obtained a confidential mid-seven figure settlement from an insurance carrier in a fatal workplace explosion case while the defendants were facing State and Federal criminal charges for the same incident that severely injured one client and killed the husband and father of her other clients. In another case, the defense was offering five-figures total for a group of women who suffered minor soft tissue injuries from an elevator malfunctioning in the warehouse where they worked. After Emily discovered the defendant had willfully ignored repeated problems with the elevator and filed a successful motion for leave to add punitive damages, the case settled for a confidential six figure sum.
Champion for Construction Workers
Emily also excels in difficult work injury cases in which the defense claims to have no liability because an entity such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) determined that the plaintiff and/or their coworkers or employer caused or contributed to the incident. Some common examples of these types of cases include workers falling from significant heights while not wearing personal fall protection equipment, injuries from improperly secured scaffolding, workers misusing machinery and equipment, and workers not being properly trained or supervised.
Together, Emily and David built the law firm into what it is today. While continuing to represent individuals in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, they became experts in cases involving workers who are injured or killed on the job, and particularly, on construction sites. Workers on construction sites are faced with constant potentially fatal hazards, such as falling from extreme heights, dangerous equipment, hazardous and flammable chemicals, and unsafe jobsite conditions. As a result, these types of workers often suffer the most tragic and severe injuries, such as Traumatic Brain Injury and paralysis, or death due to the unique nature of their work. Yet, the law in California makes it very difficult and complicated to hold a third-party responsible for many types of jobsite injuries and deaths, creating incredible injustice for these workers and their families.
Our client was transporting large equipment to customer work sites. While at one of the worksites, his boomlift dropped and he was catapulted from the basket. His equipment failed to keep him in the basket and protect him from injury. The equipment manufacturer claimed that our client was at fault for the incident. Most attorneys avoid cases like this; it is very difficult to prove liability, and costs firms an exorbitant amount to do so. Mrs. Ruby does not run from a fight. She was able to prove the at-fault company was liable and was able to secure millions in compensation for our client.
While our client was leaving work one evening, she was hit by someone who was (admittedly) street racing. It was a catastrophic collision. Since our client suffered a severe TBI, she had no memory of the date in which the accident occurred. The at-fault party tried to claim that the accident was our client's fault. Mrs. Ruby, through an extensive investigation process, was able to uncover the fact that a right turn only sign was supposed to be in the area (as evidenced by city planning documents), but it was not. Mrs. Ruby took the case to trial, proved her client's innocence, and secured millions in compensation as a result.
A Life Beyond Law
Outside of her legal career, Emily's interests include rescuing dogs, golfing, traveling, skiing, and cherishing moments with her family and friends. She shares her life with her husband and their senior terrier, Lily.
Emily Ruby is more than an attorney; she is a relentless advocate for justice, a mentor, and a compassionate individual who continues to make a profound impact on the lives of those she represents. Her dedication to her clients and her unwavering pursuit of justice make her a true force in the legal world.
Presentations and Publications
“The Unique Inequity Of Privette And Its Progeny In Wrongful-Death Cases”, The Advocate Magazine, March, 2022
“An Update On The Privette Doctrine”, The Advocate Magazine, April, 2021
Virtual Case Collaboration: Workplace Injuries & Privette Doctrine, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March, 2021
Honors and Awards
- Women In Law Award Winner 2022
- Super Lawyers, 2022 Southern California Rising Stars
- Super Lawyers, 2021 Southern California Rising Stars
- The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
- Prestigious CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy Graduate
Bar and Court Admissions
- California State Bar
- US District Court for the Central District of California
- US District Court for the Northern District of California
- JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2012
- Entertainment Law Review
- Byrne Trial Advocacy Team
- BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, cum laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
- California Applicants' Attorneys Association
- American Association for Justice