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C. Arthur “Brother” Rutter III

Managing Partner

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C. Arthur "Brother" Rutter has spent decades helping citizens of Hampton Roads get the justice they deserve. Brother is one of the managing partners at Rutter Mills, driving the business into the next generation of personal injury law. "This is my family, my blood. I love this," the Virginia Beach native says of the firm. His enthusiasm for his work is unparalleled, as are the "time, talent, and treasure" he devotes to the law, his clients, and his employees. A Harvard graduate and first in his class at the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams Law School, Brother uses his knowledge and expertise to run one of the largest firms in Coastal Virginia.

Mr. Rutter 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 Virginia history. He recently served as lead counsel for a $3.75 M seaman’s injury settlement case. As managing partner, Brother is a mentor to our attorneys and staff and a valuable resource for all Rutter Mills clients. Brother is recognized as a compelling speaker and thought-leader, often invited to publicly speak on the overlap between business and his core values of integrity, reputation, and results. At every turn, he relays the importance of kindness and self-agency in work and in life.

Brother is highly active in philanthropic and non-profit organizations, especially those benefitting the arts and education. He and his wife Meredith founded The Rutter Family Art Foundation, which supports local and regional artists with exhibitions, events, and gallery space. An active contributor to revitalizing downtown Norfolk, the Foundation hosts many events in a 1917 historic building that is a mainstay of Norfolk’s Neon Arts District. 

Team Rutter
Christine Palmer
Christine Palmer
Client Services Manager
Tedi Chiara
Tedi Chiara
Prelitigation Manager

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
Super Lawyers, “Top Rated Lawyer” 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers, Recognized 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
Inside Business Power List 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers 2022
National Trial Lawyers Top 100 for Virginia 2017, 2022


“People 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.”

Client Testimonials


With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

If you have a serious injury, then you need a serious lawyer. And that’s why we chose Rutter Mills.