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. He is extremely active in philanthropic and non-profit organizations, especially those benefitting education and the arts. He and his wife Meredith 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.
Robert Mills has been an active litigator for more than 30 years. He began his career with the firm of White, Reynolds, Smith & Winters defending large corporate clients such as General Motors, Ford, and a number of large insurance carriers. After seeing first- hand how powerful insurance and corporate interests disregarded the rights of ordinary individuals, Robert switched sides and became a plaintiff’s advocate. Since 1987, Robert has specialized in Personal Injury law, notably those cases involving serious injury, death, or complex issues of liability.
As the senior partner at our firm, Robert is involved in every single case that Rutter Mills handles, and serves as a mentor to all of our Personal Injury attorneys.
On retiring from U.S. Navy active duty in 1974, Joe Young launched his law career. He started out by representing large insurance carriers. This was excellent training in learning the Personal Injury claims process inside and out. Over the years, however, he witnessed changes in the insurance claims industry, and as a result “crossed the courtroom” to represent plaintiffs in auto accident cases, giving them the benefit of his knowledge of the inner workings of the industry, and the decided advantage of his passion on their behalf. “Mighty Joe Young” as he is known to many of his clients, has a huge heart and an equally big reputation for giving his all to every case and every client. He is the first one in the office each morning and one of the last to leave, and is truly tireless in his pursuit of justice.
Adam Lotkin has been practicing law since 1996, the natural culmination of his youthful interest in legislation and justice. He worked as a page in high school, and then as an intern and clerk for various congressmen while in college. Adam is driven by a desire to help out “the little guy” – he has always championed the underdog in any situation. In the practice of law, this translates to making sure the average citizen gets a fair shake when confronting large and powerful corporate interests, including insurance companies. Over the course of almost two decades in practice, he has helped thousands of clients get the justice and compensation they deserve for their injuries or injustices. Adam approaches the law with passion and a work ethic rivaled by few. Long hours, meticulous preparation, and the heartfelt desire to make a difference are his hallmarks.
Everett Lupton is a trial lawyer. From the moment he takes a case, he looks at what would be a fair result from a jury. Then, he hits the ground running, working closely with his staff to investigate every aspect of the claim, and to push the case forward, preparing for trial. If the insurance company finally agrees to a fair settlement, great. If they don’t, then Everett relishes the challenge of the courtroom, using his confidence, enthusiasm, preparation, and his years of experience, just as he has done for thousands of injured clients, trying to verdict more than a hundred jury trials. Everett believes that helping injured individuals is his calling and is devoted to getting them justice in the form of compensation for their harms and losses, whether injured in serious motor vehicle collisions, or elsewhere. He is a Tidewater native and enjoys being an active part of our community.
For more than 30 years, Robert Walsh has been a leading advocate for injured workers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. He began his legal career working with the Benefits Review Board of the United States Department of Labor where he handled claims reviewed and decided according to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. This foundational experience enabled Robert to become a leading expert and acclaimed resource in the area of workers’ rights, conducting seminars throughout the state for attorneys, unions and injured workers. Protecting the rights of workers injured in dangerous jobs is truly Robert’s ‘life’s mission’ — one he conducts proudly, and with great success, having won impressive settlements for literally hundreds of clients.
Robert Gillikin specializes in helping disabled individuals get the Social Security or Veterans’ Disability benefits that they need and deserve. He began his legal career with Peirce & Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and witnessed first-hand how frustrating and difficult the disability benefits process could be. He prides himself on being a strong advocate for disabled individuals, and is especially challenged by cases on behalf of those who feel they have no one in their corner, and are up against powerful adversaries. Since 2003, Robert has handled over 3,000 disability claims cases, successfully representing disabled clients before the Social Security Administration and in appeals to federal courts. Despite his large case volume, he still insists on meeting with each client individually, and remains an accessible and caring steward throughout the disability claims process.
Jesse Pound is a Workers Compensation attorney representing clients in federal and state workers’ compensation cases. Jesse received his law degree from The College of William and Mary Law School, his Bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan, and his Master’s degree from New York University. Prior to joining Rutter Mills, Jesse was a staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor. He assisted administrative law judges in drafting decisions for cases under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The role Jesse played in drafting these decisions has provided him valuable knowledge for helping clients injured on the job at a shipyard, or in any job involved in the building, repair, maintenance, loading or unloading of a vessel.
Prior to his time as a staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Jesse worked for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry assisting in litigation and trial preparation for OSHA violations cases. He also served as a magistrate in Chesapeake, Virginia. As a magistrate, Jesse conducted probable cause hearings and issued arrest warrants and search warrants. He issued emergency protective orders, emergency custody orders & temporary detention orders, and conducted bail hearings.
Georgina D. Montgomery is a personal injury attorney committed to helping injured clients obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. She has been practicing law for eight years. Her past experience representing defendants and insurance companies provides her valuable insight into every facet of the insurance claim and litigation process. Georgina now uses that unique insight as a tool to fight for injured clients and provide the help they need during the most difficult times in their lives.
Georgina earned a Bachelor of Music, cum laude from the University of Miami with a Major in Music Business/ Entertainment Industries and Minors in Business Law and Italian Language. She received her Juris Doctorate from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where she competed as a member of the Moot Court Board, and focused her studies on intellectual property law and trial advocacy. Georgina is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where she regularly enjoys serving as a Cantor.
Erik Porcaro is a litigator who has spent his entire career successfully fighting for individuals seeking justice. After graduating from law school, Erik worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan where he handled complex investigations and tried countless jury trials to verdict. Erik later served as House Counsel to a large insurance company which has given him unique and valuable insight into the inner workings of the claims and settlement process. At Rutter Mills, Erik applies his extensive experience to helping injured clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Erik graduated from Fordham Law School after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. He has trained lawyers in the insurance industry on the topics of trial advocacy, the art of cross-examination and legal ethics. Erik has appeared as a guest lecturer on multiple occasions in New York, Virginia and Washington DC. In 2015, Erik won the second highest trial verdict in the state of Virginia at 3.5 million which included an award for both compensatory and punitive damages. He is also a long-time member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Erik serves on an Advisory Board for Operation Smile, an organization he has been involved with since graduating from college. He is a husband, a father to three young boys and a coach of basketball and lacrosse.
Chris Daughtry began helping injured clients as a law clerk for a personal injury firm before he even graduated from law school. Since then, he has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in damages. Over the years, Chris has seen how insurance companies use their unlimited resources, and how their lawyers manipulate the law, to deny people the justice they deserve. He has also learned that those tactics are no match for experience, knowledge, preparation, and good old-fashioned hard work. At Rutter Mills, Chris focuses his practice on the representation of injured workers at the state and federal levels.
Chris grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and graduated from Great Bridge High School. He returned to the Tidewater area after serving in the United States Army and graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, (with a concentration on law and philosophy). He received his law degree from Liberty University School of Law, in Lynchburg, Virginia; and is licensed to practice law in Virginia and West Virginia. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, son, and two daughters.
Daniel deLalla is a trial attorney who continues to have deep roots in the Tidewater area. Daniel represents individuals in complex personal injury matters as well as criminal defense cases. He spent the early part of his career practicing criminal law, including service as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. Daniel has represented hundreds of accused individuals in matters ranging from minor traffic infractions to serious violent crimes.
Daniel has appeared in the vast majority of state courts within the Tidewater area including General District Court, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court and Circuit Court. He has also represented clients in both federal civil and criminal matters adjudicated in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. His focus on personal injury includes car accidents, trucking accidents, dog bites, slip and fall cases and medical malpractice, as he enjoys helping people in their time of need. Criminal and civil law are different, of course, as the standard of proof is lower in a civil case. But Daniel brings the same conviction he gained as a prosecutor to criminal defense cases and personal injury cases.
Andy Boran represents individuals and businesses in civil lawsuits seeking to determine fault for injuries and damages. Andy’s experience as a prosecutor, investigator, appraiser, manager, and process leader places him in a unique position to represent the interests of his clients. The selection of an attorney cannot guarantee a particular outcome, but Andy negotiates satisfying settlements when appropriate and successfully represents his clients at trial when needed.
Prior to attending law school, Andy worked for a major national insurer. Andy received his law degree, cum laude, from the T.C. Williams School of Law. While a law student, he participated in the national Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court competition, researched law review articles and case books on Insurance Law, and interned as a prosecutor, trying misdemeanor appeals and probation violations for the Norfolk Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.