Ruthann G. Ziegler


Ruthann Ziegler is a founding Principal of Meyers Nave's Sacramento office and has over 30 years of experience in public law, representing municipalities and special districts. She serves as Chair of the firm's California Public Records Act Practice Group.

In addition to her leadership role in the firm, Ruthann maintains an active legal practice. She represents clients in all matters affecting local governance and decision-making, from day-to-day operations to long-term policy issues. She advises clients on issues such as rate setting, public contracts and bidding, land use, and environmental issues, as well as the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Subdivision Map Act.

Ruthann currently serves as city attorney and general counsel for several cities and special districts in Northern California. She has served as City Attorney of Citrus Heights since its incorporation in 1997 and has worked with several municipal incorporation committees. Her other clients have included public utility districts, power agencies, community services districts, fire districts, water districts and joint powers agencies.

Ruthann is frequently invited to speak before attorneys, associations of special districts, municipal law organizations and others. Topics on which she speaks often include the Brown Act, AB 1234, the California Public Records Act and land use issues.

Ruthann's public law expertise has earned her recognition in Sacramento Magazine's 2015 list of the "Top Lawyers" in State, Local and Municipal Law. She has also earned recognition for her leadership in the profession from Martindale-Hubbell, which selected her to its "Register of Top Rated Lawyers: Women Leaders in the Law" in 2013. In 2011, the Daily Journal selected Ruthann as one of California’s “Top 25 Municipal Lawyers” and “Top 25 Corporate and Transactional Women Lawyers.” Also in 2011, the League of California Cities selected Ruthann to serve on the City Attorney Department’s new Ad Hoc Medical Marijuana Committee to inform public agency representatives about this emerging area of law.

Published Decisions

  • Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission v. Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission, et al., 135 Cal.App.4th 793, 37 Cal.Rptr.3d 729 (2006)
  • County of San Bernardino v. City of San Bernardino et al., 15 Cal.4th 909, 64 Cal.Rptr.2d 814 (1997)

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated attorney, as recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • “Top Lawyers List - State, Local & Municipal,” Sacramento Magazine, 2015
  • "Register of Top Rated Lawyers: Women Leaders in the Law,” Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Daily Journal, "Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California," 2011
  • Daily Journal, "Top 25 Corporate and Transactional Women Lawyers in California," 2011

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, "AB 1234 - Required Ethics Training," Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) Strategic Issues Conference, 2016
  • Speaker, “Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act: What You Need to Know NOW,” City of Pittsburg, 2016
  • Speaker, “Informational Briefing on Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act,” LOCC, 2016
  • Speaker, "Surveillance and Data Collection and the Public Records Act," Emerging Technology & Privacy Conference, The State Bar of California, 2015
  • Speaker, "Public Records Act: Leading Your Team Through the PRA Obstacle Course," CSDA GM Leadership Summit, 2015
  • Presenter, "Conflicts of Interest Under the Fair Political Practices Act: Your Responsibilities," CSDA Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, "Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Special District Laws," CSDA Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Impact of Public Records Initiative Uncertain,” The Daily Journal, July, 2014
  • Co-Author, "Public Officials’ Private Emails not Public Records,”The Daily Journal, April, 2014
  • Speaker, “Brown Act, Conflict of Interest and Public Records Act in California,” Lorman Seminar, 2014
  • Speaker, “The Ralph M. Brown Act - A Local Government Drama,” CSDA Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings," LawReview CLE webinar, 2013
  • Moderator, "Navigating Requests for Records Under the California Public Records Act," C.A.S.H. Annual Conference, 2013 and 2014
  • Co-Author, “Developing Trends in Medical Marijuana Regulations,” The Public Law Journal, Summer, 2013
  • Speaker, "Electronic Communications and Open Meeting Laws," IMLA Annual Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, Medical Marijuana Work Session - IMLA Annual Conference, 2013
  • Moderator, "What you Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings," Lorman Education Services Seminar, 2011 and 2012
  • Speaker, "Impact of RDA Dissolutions on Special Districts," CSDA webinar, 2012
  • Speaker, “Untangling the Web of Fair Political Practices (FPPC) Regulations,” Northern California City Clerks Association (NCCCA), 2012
  • Ruthann gives several presentations and training seminars each year on various topics. Groups to which she has presented include the League of California Cities, California Special Districts Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, California Mining Association and California Joint Powers Association, Lorman, NBI, and clients. Topics include the following:
  • Brown Act (Open Meeting Law)
  • California Public Records Act
  • Conflicts of interest
  • AB 1234 training
  • Land use issues
  • CEQA compliance
  • Fees, assessments and Proposition 218

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, Ad Hoc Medical Marijuana Committee, City Attorney’s Department, League of California Cities
  • Past President, Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Past Chair, Environmental Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Past Editorial Board Chair, past Editor, and past Chapter Author, California Municipal Law Handbook, League of California Cities


  • University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law, JD
  • Yale University, BA