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Attorney Jesse Ruben

I have been practicing law in Santa Cruz for 15 years. I began my career as a criminal defense attorney and quickly started practicing family law as well. Over the years my practice became more focused on family law and I now exclusively practice in that field. Fortunately, my criminal defense background and foundation has proven to be invaluable in my family law practice, as it has provided for countless hours in the courtroom in a heavy litigation setting. It has supplied many professional contacts that continue to have value to my clients. Nonetheless, all cases are first explored for fair settlement options and the majority of our cases do negotiate to resolution. However, I have noticed that cases can languish in a settlement/mediation posture for amounts of time that are very damaging to the client, their family and their finances. At times, litigation is necessary, appropriate and, frankly, more time and money efficient then poorly managed negotiations. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals.

Thank you,
Jesse Ruben

Attorney Jason Fennelly

I graduated from Harbor High School in 1991, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After honorably serving our Country, I was hired by Santa Cruz County as a Correctional Officer, and quickly promoted to Deputy Sheriff. While working as a Deputy Sheriff, I went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management and subsequently applied and was accepted into Law School. I earned a master’s degree in legal studies and my Juris Doctorate. I graduated from Law School in 2019 and passed the California Bar Exam. Between 2019 and March 2023, I worked as a full time Deputy Sheriff while practicing Family Law as an attorney. In March 2023 I retired from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office after 25 years of service. Presently, I am now working full-time in Santa Cruz County as a family law attorney with Jesse Ruben Law, PC. 

Thank you,
Jason Fennelly