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Bartko Advances Diverse Leadership Team

January 24, 2023

(San Francisco, CA) Bartko, a San Francisco-based trial and real estate transactions firm, is proud to announce that An Nguyen Ruda, age 45, has been elected as co-managing principal and that leading employment litigator, Karen Pointer, will join the firm as a principal in the firm’s new Los Angeles office.

Ruda, a refugee who came to the United States from Vietnam at age five, has served as the co-chair of Bartko’s Labor and Employment group since joining the firm in 2020. She has been a trusted advisor and partner to her clients for over 20 years, combining smart legal tactics with shrewd business advice. “I am humbled to be selected to lead the firm into its third generation of leadership. I take my role as a mentor, a role model, and a leader very seriously,” said Ruda. She adds, “It is my hope that young lawyers can look at me and say, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’” Rob Bunzel continues as co-managing principal.

Karen Pointer joins Bartko effective January 30, 2023, leading the firm’s new Los Angeles office at 11845 W Olympic Boulevard, Suite 845. Karen brings nearly 30 years’ legal experience in employment advice and counseling, litigation, and complex corporate investigations. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a life member and former Board member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. Karen also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles and sits on the Board of Directors of HealthRIGHT 360. Pointer joins Bartko after 23 years as a founding partner at Lerman & Pointer.

The new Los Angeles office allows Bartko to better serve its clients across California. “I am thrilled to join the exceptional team at Bartko and to lead the firm’s Los Angeles office. I look forward to continuing to provide passionate and client-centered service and to leveraging the broad-ranging expertise of my colleagues at Bartko to expand service offerings to my clients,” said Pointer.

For more information, please contact:

An Nguyen Ruda at (415) 291-4534 or

Karen Pointer at (310) 229-9800 or

Rob Bunzel at (415) 291-4529 or