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Matthew D. Ruyak, Assistant City Attorney

Practice Areas

Mr. Ruyak’s oversees two office divisions: Strategic Projects & Research; and Litigation and Human Resources. His principal assignments include the following City offices and issues: City Clerk; Mayor/Council; the Brown Act; Public Records Act; Political Reform Act; governance; elections; conflicts of interest; ethics; taxation; redistricting; and the First and Second Amendments. He advises the council's Budget and Audit Committee, and the Ethics Commission. He also serves on the office's Draft Ordinance Review Committee.

Background and Experience

Matthew Ruyak has served the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office since May 2000.


For his first six years with the office, Mr. Ruyak represented the City in all aspects of litigation, including court and jury trials, appeals, writs, employee disciplines, labor arbitrations, judicial arbitrations, and mediation. He handled high-profile and high-exposure litigation, such as cases involving the First Amendment, Section 1983 (civil rights), employment discrimination, inverse condemnation, and wrongful death. Since 2006, he has provided advice and counsel on municipal legal matters to the full range of City departments, officers, and council members. He also served as Authority Counsel for the Sacramento Public Library Authority, and he staffed the 2009 Charter Review Committee and the 2011 Sacramento Citizens Redistricting Advisory Committee. 


Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ruyak practiced with the law firms Hyde, Miller, Owen & Trost (Sacramento), and Jory, Peterson, Watkins, & Smith (Fresno). During those years of private practice, Mr. Ruyak represented government, non-profit, and business clients in contract, real property, employment, and other matters.


Professional Affiliations

Mr. Ruyak is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; United States District Court, Eastern District of California; and all California state courts.


Mr. Ruyak received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Boston University in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1996.