Ruth Bond’s practice focuses on representing public entities in labor and employment matters as well as other areas of public law. Her labor and employment matters include litigation in state and federal court, workplace investigations, arbitrations, labor relations, day-to-day advice regarding compliance with relevant statutes and regulation, handling charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Office of Civil Rights and the Public Employment Relations Board and more.

Before joining AALRR, Ms. Bond was a Partner at a boutique law firm where she represented a variety of non-profits and public agencies, including cities, counties and special districts, primarily in labor and employment matters.  Ms. Bond oversaw the firm’s litigation and investigations practices.  Before that, Ms. Bond spent nearly 14 years as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Francisco, under the leadership of City Attorney Dennis Herrera.  As a member of the Labor team, Ms. Bond represented the City of San Francisco in every aspect of labor and employment law.  Ms. Bond gained extensive experience in employment litigation in state and federal court. This included appellate work in the California Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and successfully opposing a Petition for Review in the California Supreme Court. Ms. Bond also has a great deal of experience with grievance arbitrations and labor negotiations.

While at the Office of the City Attorney, Ms. Bond advised several city departments including Juvenile Probation, Adult Probation, Recreation and Parks, and the City Attorney’s Office. These departments relied on Ms. Bond to provide insight and guidance on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws such as Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and San Francisco’s Civil Service Rules. Ms. Bond also served as a member of the City Attorney’s Affirmative Litigation Task Force from 2015 to 2017.

Before the Office of the City Attorney, Ms. Bond was a litigation associate for another firm, and a judicial clerk for the Hon. Barrington D. Parker Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Bond was an award-winning journalist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other publications. She applied these journalism skills in law school as an Articles Editor on the New York University Law Review.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Top Women Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2020 and 2021

  • Top 100 Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2021

Representative Matters

Dinslage v. City and County of San Francisco(2016) 5 Cal.App.5th 368 (partially published)

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

California Public Employers Labor Relations Association - CALPELRA

  • 2019 - "The Death of the Stray Remarks Doctrine: Once Is Now Enough To Show Sexual Harassment, and Other Legal Updates Regarding Sexual Harassment Law"
  • 2022 - "Union Activity and Whistleblowing"

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • The Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • Friends of The Children – SF Bay Area, Board of Directors


J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Yale University


  • 2001, State Bar of California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
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