Jeffrey H. Rutherford
Jeffrey H. Rutherford, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), is recognized as one of the region’s top criminal and civil defense attorneys. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and civil and criminal trial work.
Mr. Rutherford has represented individuals and entities in high-profile, high-stakes political corruption/public integrity, criminal antitrust, health care fraud, money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and civil and criminal False Claims Act (FCA) matters. Many of his clients are law firms and lawyers, who turn to him for representation in sensitive and confidential matters.
Mr. Rutherford also has represented individuals and entities in a wide array of other complex civil and white collar criminal litigation matters, including export control, trade (anti-dumping duty), tax, securities, procurement fraud, entertainment, theft of trade secrets, campaign finance, off-label marketing, cybercrimes, and environmental crimes. In addition, he has tackled matters involving conflicts of interest (Cal. Gov’t Code § 1090), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations and international extradition and Financial Institutions Reform, and Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) proceedings.
Mr. Rutherford was the lead trial lawyer in United States ex. rel. Hooper v. Lockheed Martin Corp. The complete defense verdict in that case – against potential damages of $1.2 billion – was recognized by the Daily Journal as one the Top Verdicts of 2014. Mr. Rutherford also ranks among the region’s top attorneys in white collar defense and government investigations in the prestigious Chambers & Partners attorney rankings. Clients praised his trial skills, with one telling Chambers that Mr. Rutherford is “able to distill a complex case and make it understandable for the jury. He communicates effortlessly with jurors and establishes an excellent rapport. He zealously prepares for trials and knows more about the case than anyone in the courtroom.” Another attorney described Mr. Rutherford as an “excellent trial attorney who can try any type of case, no matter how big or small.”
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1995
- Graduated with honors
- Articles Editor, Minnesota Law Review
University of Michigan, B.A., 1989
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1996–1997
- Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall