Zachary T. Ruetz

Zachary T. Ruetz

Senior Associate

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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Litigation
Practice Locations
  • Rochester, NY

As a senior Associate at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Zachary handles both federal labor and employment plaintiff’s cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Merit Systems Protection Board – in which he defends the rights of federal employees against a range of abuses, including discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as wrongful personnel actions – as well as defending against criminal charges in all town and county courts surrounding the Rochester Office and federal charges within the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Zachary has enjoyed great success in aggressively and effectively representing federal employees and criminal defendants in both realms of his practice, and has created favorable outcomes using his outstanding research and writing skills in the large number of cases he has pursued to finality.

Zachary’s experience with all aspects of the criminal justice system – prosecution, defense, and the judiciary – provides him with a unique perspective which places him in a unique position to understand each side’s position in order to broker plea negotiations in traffic, violation, misdemeanor and felony level cases in any jurisdiction in Western New York State. Zachary is also a member of the Assigned Counsel panel with the Monroe County Conflict Defender’s Office, where he represents indigent criminal defendants in local cases and appeals to the Supreme Court. Similarly, Zachary carries many aspects of his criminal defense practice into his federal labor and employment practice, where he often attempts to resolve discrimination and harassment cases on behalf of his clients.  Ultimately, Zachary’s steadfast resolve and exceptional bed-side manner makes working with him a comforting and fulfilling experience.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Zachary immersed himself in the criminal justice system, from assisting in opening cases and drafting extensive legal research with the Monroe County District Attorney, to counseling defendants and composing legal motions as a law clerk for a reputable Rochester-area law firm. Additionally, Zachary worked as a Judicial Law Clerk under the Hon. David A. Wiseman of the Commonwealth Superior Court of the Mariana Islands on the island of Saipan, where he drafted and published numerous judicial decisions and orders in a wide variety of practice areas, including criminal, civil, administrative and probate matters.

Zachary obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. During that time, he performed legal research and composed draft orders as a judicial extern for the Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Zachary also worked extensively with the San Diego Office of the Public Defender, appearing on behalf of felony defendants in any and all matters before the court, as well as drafting and arguing complex legal motions in homicide cases.  Zachary received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, he participated in The Washington Center Internship Program in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Council of State Governments, Midwestern Governors Association and KBB Federal Relations lobbying firm.

Court & Bar Admissions

  • New York State
  • United States District Court – Western District of New York


  • JD: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA
  • BA: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Accreditations / Awards

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member of Moot Court Honor Society at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Jessup International Moot Court Competitor
  • Notes Editor for Thomas Jefferson Law Review
  • Graduated with Pro Bono Honors (over 840 hours attributed to Pro Bono legal work)

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