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Tom Rutter, J.D.

It is with great sadness that ADR Options mourns the passing of a great lawyer and a cornerstone of our company.

Tom was one of the most highly respected mediators and arbitrators throughout the country. Tom will be remembered for his keen intelligence as well as his aptitude to grasp the most difficult of subject matters.  He was highly regarded for his legal mind and his ability to bring the toughest of cases to resolution. Tom has left a lasting impact on the legal community and on everyone that had the opportunity to work or spend time with him.  We’ll miss his friendship, quick wit and kindness.

He will always be remembered and will forever remain in our hearts.

Thomas B. Rutter is a founding shareholder of ADR Options. He has mediated/arbitrated over 10,000 cases since 1993. He specializes in complex cases in most areas of civil law, including professional negligence, commercial and employment disputes, personal injury, product liability, insurance coverage and bad faith. In addition, settlements of, and distributions of funds from, mass torts and class actions have become a specialty for Tom. He also served, pro bono, as a Judge pro tempore of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for over three years.

Tom has been a Special Discovery and Trial Master in a number of cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been the majority shareholder of Thomas B. Rutter, Ltd. and its predecessors since 1972 and has practiced law for over 60 years. Tom is a member of the Bars of the First, Third, Fifth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as of the Supreme Court of the United States and of Pennsylvania state courts. Tom received his B.A. in 1959 and J.D. cum laude in 1962, both from the University of Chicago.