Allen Ruby is recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial attorneys and has extensive experience representing individuals and corporations in complex civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts.


Mr. Ruby's trial practice includes a wide variety of high-profile, complex commercial and intellectual property cases, as well as white collar criminal matters.

Some of Mr. Ruby’s representative matters include:

  • SanDisk Corporation in a $28.5 million jury verdict in a patent licensing dispute;
  • former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds in his trial for alleged false statements to a grand jury;
  • Brocade Communications Systems Inc. in a $112 million jury verdict in a patent, copyright and trade secrets case;
  • The Oakland A’s in a suit concerning the team’s planned relocation to San Jose;
  • a major medical device manufacturer with respect to product liability litigation around the United States; and
  • Southwest Airlines in an antitrust case concerning its merger with AirTran.

Some of his representations prior to joining Skadden include:

  • Facebook, Inc. in an ownership dispute;
  • Hewlett-Packard Co. in its suit against its former CEO Mark Hurd;
  • Bank of America in extended litigation, including a jury trial, over allegations of trade secret misappropriation;
  • hundreds of defrauded investors in Technical Equities Corporation in litigation against financial institutions and other responsible parties;
  • The National Football League in its successful litigation against the Oakland Raiders; and
  • former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales who was prosecuted for and exonerated of corruption charges.

In addition, Mr. Ruby has represented chief executives and technology companies in landmark Silicon Valley litigation, including cases involving Avant!, SanDisk, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Hynix Semiconductor.

Mr. Ruby, a member of the Skadden team selected as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s 2018 Litigation Department of the Year, consistently has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Who’s Who Legal and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, he received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award from the Daily Journal for his role in defending FedEx Corp. in a much-watched criminal indictment. In 2014, Mr. Ruby received the Professional Lawyer of the Year award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association. The Daily Journal repeatedly has named him as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.



  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1969
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1965


  • California


  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Allen J. Ruby

Of Counsel, Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense