Ruby J. Garrett

Ruby J. Garrett

Ruby Garrett is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

As a trial attorney, she successfully leads the strategy and execution of high-profile, complex, and sensitive cases involving civil disputes, internal investigations, and white-collar defense.  She has argued and won favorable results in trial courts for her clients and guided them through their most difficult and thorny investigations, including those initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.  Ms. Garrett is the ultimate client advocate, counseling clients throughout the duration of the litigation and meticulously crafting the narrative in preparation for trial. 

Ms. Garrett actively pursues a diverse pro bono practice focused on criminal justice, juvenile justice, post-conviction relief, and civil rights. She has experience leading large teams on major federal and state civil rights cases to provide access and support to the under-represented.  Whether she is advocating for immigrants seeking citizenship, sex trafficking victims holding their traffickers accountable, or the wrongfully convicted in overturning convictions, Ms. Garrett is zealously committed to ensuring that the poor, the mistreated, and the accused all receive the justice to which they are entitled.  She partnered with the Loyola Project for the Innocent to obtain a finding of “factual innocence” for a wrongfully convicted man after he served 32 years in prison.

In 2023, Ms. Garrett was named one of The National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers in Washington, D.C.  The annual list recognizes the top 40 under 40 African American lawyers in each state or region with reputations for providing excellent legal representation in their respective practice areas.

Ms. Garrett is deeply invested in Munger, Tolles & Olson’s efforts to elevate diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  She serves as an engaged member of the Combating Systemic Racism Task Force, Diversity Committee, and MTO Fellows Program Committee.  She also actively leads strategy and outreach efforts for the Recruiting Committee to uncover top talent interested in solving clients’ most intractable problems.

She was selected as a board member for Ms. JD in supporting their mission of helping women law students and lawyers overcome obstacles and gain access to critical opportunities to further their careers.  Ms. Garrett is also a proud soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. which has a continued focus on developing its members for public service within Black communities.  In addition, she is a founding member of The Gathering Spot in D.C., a Black-owned collaborative community of entrepreneurs, creators, disruptors, executives, artists, and forward-thinkers who possess the ambition to make an impact in the world.

Ms. Garrett earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of The University of Chicago Legal Forum.  She received a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Garrett worked for and spearheaded the efforts of the All-Stars Project, a non-profit organization committed to providing opportunities for underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Garrett joined the firm after clerkships with Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  She previously worked as an associate at a leading law firm, where she developed and implemented strategies in criminal and civil matters.


Ms. Garrett’s experience includes:

  • Representing McDonald’s Corporation in a high-profile suit regarding the company’s attempt to recover more than $32 million in severance pay and equity granted to the former CEO.
  • Representing Plains All American Pipeline in class actions arising from an accidental release of oil in Santa Barbara County.
  • Representing Kenneth Walker III in his federal and state civil rights lawsuits against the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department following the unlawful police raid that led to Breonna Taylor’s death in 2020.  As a result of this representation, the Department of Justice brought charges against four officers related to the death of Ms. Taylor and violations of Mr. Walker's constitutional rights; and Mr. Walker received a settlement payment.


  • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Breonna Taylor Three Years Later: Reflections on Litigation and Organizing, Georgetown Law Center, March 8, 2023