Martin Ruano

Senior Associate

Education / Associations

  • Martin attended Stanford University from 1998-2002 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minored in Italian. (Martin studied abroad in Florence, Italy)
  • He earned his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School in 2008, where he also achieved Dean’s Fellow honors.


Martin has been a Senior Associate with the Goyette, Ruano & Thompson team since May 2020. With over a decade of experience, Martin specializes in serving clientele such as small, medium, and large businesses in matters ranging from general business law and legal counsel functions to civil litigation, as well as handling investigations and comprehensive legal defense representation in criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings.

Martin also enjoys working with clients on strategic planning and preparing prospectively for potential legal problems, including public policy matters and regulatory compliance issues tailored to a company’s industry.

Martin Ruano joined Goyette, Ruano & Thompson after serving as Legal Counsel at Pacific Coast Companies providing in-house counsel to Pacific Coast Building Products and its affiliates in the construction supply industry, including Basalite Building Products (concrete, brick, pavers), Alcal Specialty Contracting (insulation, waterproofing, garage doors), Pacific Supply (lumber, retail), PABCO (roofing products, wallboard), and Material Transport. As in-house counsel, he oversaw the companies’ litigation matters while gaining valuable experience with general business operations from drafting business contracts (e.g. NDAs, leases, settlements, service agreements, etc.) to directing responses for regulatory (e.g. OSHA investigations, CARB certification) or statutory compliance issues (e.g. CCPA requirements).

Martin’s favorite part of the practice of law is serving as a problem solver. He says, “It is exciting to listen to a client, usually during a time of stress or shock, and to guide them through an issue to a solution they want.”

A first-generation immigrant born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised in Sacramento, California, Martin currently enjoys living in East Sacramento with his wife, Sarah, and their two kids, Diego (9) and Sofia (7). He loves collegiate sports and is a coach for his kids in East Sac Competitive Soccer and Upward Basketball. He is a passionate supporter of Uruguayan soccer and Stanford athletics and loves Malbec wines and Guinness.

Legal Expertise

Martin Ruano previously worked for over 10 years at the Sacramento office of the global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Initially he was part of the Complex Litigation group, then transitioned into the White Collar & Investigations group, and later joined Orrick’s Public Policy group. His diverse experiences provided him with a broad but in-depth perspective on business matters ranging from planning and executing corporate investigations to crafting and implementing state-by-state public policy strategies for companies. At Orrick, he conducted large internal corporate investigations regarding FCPA and fraud allegations, both domestically and abroad, using his native Spanish for investigations in Argentina, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Martin also worked directly with DISH Network’s government affairs team to coordinate and execute the company’s nationwide legislative and regulatory goals.

Martin also served as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County prosecuting misdemeanor cases to resolution via plea bargaining or trial. Prior to law school, Martin also served in the California State Senate as a policy consultant to the Senate Minority Caucus analyzing legislative measures before the Senate Business & Professions Committee.

Martin Ruano takes great pride in having obtained political asylum for two pro bono immigration clients who were persecuted in their native countries of Brazil and Mexico.

Additional Experience

  • Martin habla español y puede ayudar clientes en español.
  • Published works include:
    • Author, “Why Sales Tax Holiday Critics are Wrong,” State Tax Notes, Sept. 29, 2008.
    • Co-Author, “Lost in Translation (the importance of Accurate Translations for Attorneys),” Daily Journal (California), July 7, 2015.
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