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After graduating from Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a degree in English & American Literature in Language, Brother attended law school, at the T.C. Williams School of Law and graduated first in his class. He was named Allen Chair Editor of the University of Richmond Law Review and received multiple awards and medals upon graduation for his academic achievements. Brother has been admitted to the Bar and qualified to practice in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. The focus of his practice is severe personal injury cases, and he has secured multi-million dollar verdicts in several states. Brother is also a member of the Maritime Law Association and has been designated Proctor in Admiralty in recognition of his expertise in representing injured seamen and others with maritime injuries. Brother also has held the following positions: Adjunct Professor of Admiralty and Maritime Law, T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Fall 2002; Chairman, American Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Admiralty and Maritime Law Section, 2003-2004; Alumni Board of Directors, Norfolk Academy; Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond.
Robert L. Mills has been an active litigator for more than 30 years, trying cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Virginia and the East Seaboard. He began his practice with the firm of White, Reynolds, Smith & Winters defending such clients as General Motors, Ford Motor Company and numerous insurance carriers. He has served as general counsel for Imperial Casualty and Indemnity Co. a provider of law enforcement liability insurance to cities, towns and counties throughout the continental United States. Since 1987, Mr. Mills has devoted his practice exclusively to representing injured persons, especially cases involving serious injury, death or difficult issues of liability or complicated insurance issues. Mr. Mills has tried numerous cases to verdict in State and Federal Courts all over the Commonwealth of Virginia and has won million dollar verdicts in both state and federal court in multiple states. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial practice and holds their highest peer review rating of "AV" reserved for those evaluated at the highest level of professional excellence. His trial practice focuses on products and premises liability, medical malpractice and automobile and tractor trailer collisions. Mr. Mills has written for legal publications and lectured on trial practice and is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia State Bar, the American Association for Justice, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association and the Virginia Beach Bar Association. Mr. Mills has been admitted to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He serves as one of two managing partners for the firm and has many varied interests including scuba diving, underwater photography and alpine skiing. He has many years of experience as a soccer coach at all youth levels and holds an NSCAA National Coaching License. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Beach Travel Soccer Club, Hampton Roads Soccer Council, and the Virginia Opera.
Blythe Scott has practiced since 1999 in various areas of the law including civil litigation, bankruptcy, traffic matters and residential real estate. Since her principle interest is in helping people, she now restricts her practice to workers' compensation for both State claims under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act and Federal claims under the Longshore Act as well as social security claims. Mrs. Scott is an active member of her community serving on the Board of Directors of the YWCA and as co-chair for the 2008 YWCA Women of Distinction Luncheon. She also serves as an appointed member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Norfolk, a Commissioner for the Norfolk Airport Authority and a member of the Norfolk State University Foundation, and the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Robert Walsh has practiced law for over 25 years in the area of workers' rights, including 3 years with the Benefits Review Board of the United States Department of Labor in Washington D.C. where he handled the review of claims decided under the Longshore and Harborworkers Compensation Act and Black Lung Act. For over 20 years he has practiced in Virginia handling cases under the Longshore and Harborworkers Compensation Act, and before the Social Security Administration, particularly disability claims. Mr. Walsh has been a presenter at numerous seminars for attorneys, unions, and injured workers. He is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. He is an avid golfer and a father of two.
Rob Slaughter brings over thirty years of litigation experience to the Rutter Mills family. Rob’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia, and a law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law. In addition to his strong educational background, he has a proven track record of litigation experience including over 10 years with the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and 20 years protecting the rights of plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Rob has also spent time serving his country as a Jag Lawyer for the Army Reserves in Iraq and Afganistan. His primary focus in his practice at Rutter Mills is fighting for our clients rights in auto accident cases.
Robert W. Gillikin, II joined Rutter Mills in March of 2009 after practicing law in Pittsburgh for six years. His primary area of focus is Social Security Disability, for which he has represented approximately 2,000 clients in disability claims. He has successfully represented many disabled individuals both before the Social Security Administration and in appeals to federal court. Mr. Gillikin also represents veterans with disability claims before the Veterans Administration and railroaders with disability claims before the Railroad Retirement Board. He also has litigation experience involving FELA claims, workers' compensation, employee rights, and personal injury. He was born and raised in Portsmouth, graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College, and received his law degree from the University of Richmond.
W. Everett Lupton has won many injury cases before juries. He has represented injured plaintiffs to verdict in more than 100 jury trials. Because of his interest in helping an injured person, Mr. Lupton focuses his practice on litigating motor vehicle collisions, premises injuries, railroad injuries, and admiralty/maritime injuries. He is qualified and licensed to practice in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and is admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Lupton has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the Southeastern United States. He has prior criminal and traffic prosecution and defense experience, and commercial, and contract litigation experience. Mr. Lupton is a native of Tidewater and a graduate of ODU and the University of Richmond. He has published multiple legal articles and has been cited in numerous national and international legal publications. He also has lectured at many continuing education seminars for attorneys and paralegals. Mr. Lupton is an active participant in state and local bar associations and serves on several state and local bar committees. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, and Virginia Beach Bar Association. He is active in the Hampton Roads community and serves on the Boards of Trustees and Advisors of several regional and national charitable organizations.
Eric Finley is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where he was a member of the National Champion Mock Trial Team in 1990. After receiving his law degree from the College of William & Mary, he began his career as a an advocate for the rights of injured individuals. Eric has almost twenty years of personal injury litigation experience including 13 years with the Krasnow law firm in Roanoke, VA and 5 years running his own practice, the Finley Law Firm. Eric now serves as the lead attorney in our Roanoke office, focusing on all areas of personal injury litigation. Over the years Eric has been active in the community serving as a youth basketball coach and a tutor for the House for Troubled Youth in Roanoke.