Friedman & Springwater LLP
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  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2010
  • B.S., University of San Francisco, 2007

Friedman & Springwater LLP
350 Sansome Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
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F: 415.834.1044

Ruth Stoner Muzzin


Ruth Stoner Muzzin is a litigator with a practice focused in the energy, water, transportation and telecommunications industries, and related business and environmental issues.  She has represented clients in state and federal courts and before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  Ruth was a member of the plaintiffs' team in multiple actions by major electric companies and state agencies to recover overpayments made to the United States, several cities, and many municipal utilities during the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, for the ultimate benefit of utility ratepayers.  She has represented government entities, industry groups, private parties and utilities before the CPUC and in the courts.  Ruth is experienced in litigating questions of jurisdiction and preemption in the trial and appellate courts, as well as compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Ruth’s practice is also focused on all areas of insolvency, commercial bankruptcy litigation and navigating creditors’ rights issues, including claims litigation, fraudulent transaction matters and other related subjects.  As part of this practice, she successfully defended alter-ego claims brought against numerous, affiliated legal entities in an administrative law proceeding.

Prior to joining the firm, Ruth served during law school as an extern to the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California, and with the California Attorney General in the Department of Justice, Division of Natural Resources, where she worked on water, forestry and endangered species litigation.  During law school, she also served as a summer law clerk in the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel at the State Bar of California.  Before law school, Ruth followed a career in the performing arts, including study at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Ruth was named as a 2019 Rising Star in Northern California by Super Lawyers in the area of Energy and Natural Resources.

Ruth is member of the State Bar of California; she is admitted to practice before the federal courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Section on Environment, Energy and Resources as well as the Litigation and International Sections.  Ruth serves as President on the Board of Directors of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel for 2019.