Attorney Orlando B. Ruff brings to GUILFORD SARVAS & CARBONARA LLP substantial in-depth experience in advising and representing employers before the California Division of Workers' Compensation.
Prior to joining GS&C, a significant portion of his legal practice focused on counseling and representing many of the major league sports franchises, and the executives, including: the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL). He has worked extensively in legal matters involving, but not limited to, complex personal and subject-matter jurisdictional issues, contractual choice of law issues, and statute of limitations issues.
Having honed his skills in the field of workers' compensation since 2010, Orlando has acquired valuable expertise negotiating complex settlements, controlling forensic medical evaluations, perfecting apportionment-related issues pertaining to cumulative trauma injuries, and protecting employers' rights and remedies under collective bargaining agreements.
Before beginning his legal career, Orlando played seven seasons as an NFL linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, and Cleveland Browns--where he was fortunate enough to be a member of the top defenses in the NFL, while with the Chargers. While there, he was twice named Special Teams Player of the Year, and upon retirement served as Vice President of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) for the Los Angles area.
Equipped with firsthand insight and knowledge of employment-related issues unique to the highest level of professional sports, Orlando leverages his insight and experience to offer superior counsel and representation to top clients in the industry.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, nature, yoga, hiking, sailing, and traveling the world.