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  • BA 1986, English & American Literature & Language, Harvard College
  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Graduated First in Class

Awards & Recognition

  • A/V (Preeminent) Rated By Martindale Hubbell
  • Licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida
  • Multimillion dollar awards in several states
  • Graduated first in his law school class
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law

In the Community


Brother Rutter is one of the managing partners at Rutter Mills. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams Law School, where he graduated first in his class. Brother is a high-level litigator with decades of legal experience, specializing in large and complicated auto accident and maritime cases. He has won multiple multi-million dollar verdicts in several states in high-profile personal injury cases, including the at-the-time largest Wrongful Death Verdict in the history of Virginia, and was recently lead counsel for a $3.75 M seaman’s injury settlement case. As a managing partner, Brother is a mentor to our attorneys, and is a valuable resource for all Rutter Mills clients.  Avocationally, he is extremely active in philanthropic and non-profit organizations, especially those benefitting education and the arts. He and his wife Meredith recently founded The Rutter Family Art Foundation, which supports local and regional artists with exhibitions, events, and gallery space, in a 1917 historic building that is a mainstay of Norfolk’s new arts district.

openquotePeople don’t come to me on a winning streak; I am an injury lawyer. And because they may be facing the hardest time of their lives, I’m in a position to make a real difference for my clients. I take that responsibility seriously, and I welcome the challenge ahead. I believe in making things better. And I like to win. closequote

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Brother's Professional Honors & Activities

  • Harvard College Graduate 1986
  • Degree in English & American Literature & Language
  • 1st in Class T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond Law School
  • Won Multimillion Dollar verdicts in Virginia, North Carolina & South Carolina
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of South Carolina
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Florida
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Florida State Bar
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • A/V Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • Previously elected a Virginia Super Lawyer

  • Allen Chair Editor of University of Richmond School of Law Review
  • Alumni Board of Directors, (Former Member) T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law University of Richmond TC Williams School of Law
  • Former Chairman Admiralty Law Section of the American Association for Justice
  • Cudlipp Medal
  • Charles T. Norman Award
  • Westwood Smithers Medal
  • Mirschler Real Property Award
  • McNeil Law Society
  • Board of Trustees Chrysler Museum
  • President, Rutter Family Art Foundation
  • Contemporary Art Collectors Committee National Gallery of Art
  • Admissions Committee, Local Board, Harvard College
  • Alumni Board of Directors, (Former Member) Norfolk Academy

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