C. Arthur “Brother” Rutter III


C. Arthur “Brother” Rutter III

Managing Partner

  • Graduated 1st in Class from Law School
  • Secured First Million Dollar Verdict in the Firm’s History
  • Multiple Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts in 5 States
  • Won Largest Wrongful Death Verdict at the Time in VA History
  • Licensed in VA, NC, SC, & FL
  • Past-president of American Assoc. of Justice – Admiralty (Maritime) 


Recent Verdicts/Settlements

$6.25M Verdict Won for the Family of Maritime Worker

$3M for Injured Tugboat Deckhand

$3.75M for a Norfolk Maritime Injury Case

C. Arthur “Brother” Rutter III has spent more than three decades helping injury victims get the justice they deserve, winning precedent-setting cases and shaping a new generation of personal injury law. As managing partner, Brother is the driving force that is transforming what it means to be a personal injury attorney.   


“I wanted to change the world one client at a time.”


A second-generation lawyer, Brother Rutter made a name for himself taking on insurance companies for large corporations on behalf of injured workers. Just three years out of law school, he made his mark with the firm’s first 7-figure settlement. That’s a record he broke again and again, winning multiple multi-million-dollar verdicts in several states, including the, at-the-time, largest Wrongful Death verdict in Virginia history in 2002. 


A Harvard graduate and first in his class at the University of Richmond’s Law School, Mr. Rutter was well suited for success in the legal profession. But Brother wanted to do more than win cases. He wanted to change the way law was practiced. His intellect and visionary mindset helped him do just that, turning Rutter Mills into the fastest growing personal injury firm in Hampton Roads.


“This is my family, my blood. I love this.”


His business model intergrates the core values of integrity, reputation, and accountability, and underscores the importance of kindness and self-agency both personally and professionally. Rutter Mills stands apart from many traditional firms by operating with a client-first approach, empowering attorneys to make the best decisions for their client’s outcome, rather than being constrained by the needs of the business. Brother Rutter built a team of innovators, creating a culture that drives both growth and employee satisfaction through empowerment and generosity. 


Rutter grew up in coastal Virginia, enjoying the great outdoors with his family, learning to fish and hunt, and of course, surf. After earning his Bachelors Degree at Harvard, he launched his career on Wall Street, but returned to Virginia, with wife Meredith, to join his father, C. Arthur Rutter, Jr. at the firm he’d founded in 1959. With a focus on getting justice for injury victims, Brother found success in helping others.


“I think success is just a byproduct of doing the right thing.”



Watch the full 3:20 video

More about Brother Rutter…

As a nationally-recognized thought leader, Brother Rutter is often sought out to speak on not only the practice of law, but also on developing the business model of a successful practice and the marketing and advertising involved in that. As a local, legal icon, Rutter is frequently asked to comment on recent events or trending topics by the press. He can be seen in newsreels for a variety of topics, especially on the policies and regulations of the car insurance industry. 

Mr. Rutter firmly believes in giving back to the community that helped grow this firm. He is active in philanthropic and non-profit organizations, especially those benefitting the arts, education, and breast cancer awareness. He and his wife Meredith founded the Rutter Family Art Foundation, which supports local and regional artists with exhibitions, events, and gallery space. Brother was also featured in Veer Magazine as being instrumental in revitalizing downtown Norfolk, and the historic 1917 Texaco building that hosts the Foundation’s many events is a mainstay of Norfolk’s Neon Arts District.



Echoes of his phrase about doing what’s right can be found throughout the mission of Rutter Mills. From the client-first approach in his practice, to the culture he’s created for employees, Brother has set a new standard for personal injury attorneys. He now mentors a new generation of lawyers, which will include his two sons Carter and Austin upon graduation from their father’s alma mater, furthering a legacy of integrity, reputation, and results.


It’s clear that Brother Rutter has made an impact on not only the legal profession, but the Hampton Roads community. His firm has provided jobs, internships, and training opportunities for hundreds of local residents. Brother is also teaching the next generation the importance of integrity and generosity in business. For his clients, he will forever be remembered for the life-changing results his sharp legal skills earned them.

Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Charter Member
Best- Lawyers-award
Trial Masters
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Amer Assoc of Attorney Advocates 2023 - Adam

“It’s important that what I say & do recognizes that we are all in this world together. If I put kindness first, the rest will come. But do not mistake my kindness for weakness.” – Brother Rutter, Managing Partner


There’s attorneys, then there’s Rutter Mills.

We're Here When The Unexpected Happens


A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

Fighting For What's Right

Getting Justice

On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

Watch Levon's 30 second video
Watch Ed's 30 second story
Watch Jamaree's 30 second video
Watch Dan's 30 second video
Watch Larena's 30 second story

Get in Touch
with Brother


A Rutter Mills case is a serious case. It may mean you have been badly injured. It certainly means you have a lot on the line, and the resolution of your case will make a big difference to you, your family, and your life moving forward.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Brianna P.

I am beyond happy with my experience working with Rutter Mills. Rutter Mills was responsive throughout the entire journey and worked diligently on my behalf, making the process worry and stress free. I cannot recommend this company enough.

Arabella T.

I have won 2 cases with Rutter Mills I will refer them to anyone. They are the best! You guys at Rutter Mills work hard. Thank you for your service.

Natea W.

They made sure I understood everything that was happening and I was satisfied with the results before finalizing anything. I'm very grateful they helped me get what I deserved.

Timothy A.

I had Rutter Mills as a disability lawyer and couldn't have made a better decision. They were very professional and kept me informed every step of the way.

Thomas B.

My experience with Rutter Mills was outstanding from beginning to end. My case was handled in a timely manner and I was kept in the loop throughout the entire process. Outstanding job Rutter Mills!