Career Profiles

Eugene Ramirez ‘87

Founding Partner, Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP

Eugene Ramirez ‘87

What do you do?
I represent law enforcement officials and their agencies in cases where they are accused of engaging in excessive force. I am the Practice Area Leader for the firm’s Public Entity Defense Team. I am also the Practice Area Leader for the firm’s Veteran’s Law and Military Law Team.

What excites you most about your job?
I have the best job in the world! I am privileged to represent the men and women of law enforcement who every day put their lives on the line to protect all of us from crime. I have developed very close personal relationships with my clients over the years. I have seen many promote up the ranks and some of them are now chiefs of police. I also get to go shooting often with my clients, which is a lot of fun. My experience with the military has also been very rewarding. We have been able to help veterans recover benefits to which they were entitled but denied by the VA for whatever reason. We have also advised current military members on how to start their own companies and how to adapt to a civilian world. This is just one way of thanking our service members for the sacrifices they have made for our country.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this job?
WLS provided me the education and confidence I need to do my job. I was able to take what I learned in class and apply my learning to real world applications. My practice area involves constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, criminal law and other areas as well. I had some great professors who taught me well.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
Representing law enforcement is a small field. Most Cities and Counties have their in house attorneys. There are also a few private firms in California that represent law enforcement. I started off as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney which gave me the trial experience I needed to succeed. We try several cases a year so a trial background is almost a must have skill set. Several of my attorneys either worked as prosecutors before they joined my firm, or worked as a volunteer attorney for a prosecutorial agency in order to obtain jury trial experience. I always recommend attorneys to start off with a governmental agency where they can obtain jury trial experience. That is the most useful skill to have.