Rutter Family Law believes that you deserve quality legal services that are affordable. It is also important that as a client you receive personal attention from us. You will not need to leave endless messages with Rutter Family Law, hoping your lawyer will eventually call you back. David A. Rutter strives to respond to each phone call and email personally as well as contacting you as soon as possible to address your questions and concerns. When you retain Rutter Family Law, you will quickly realize that you matter to us.
Founding & Principal Attorney
David Rutter graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and worked in that area for several years before deciding to attend law school. He graduated second in his law school class and has been a licensed attorney in Illinois since 2002. Before founding his own private practice, David worked for the federal courts for over 15 years as a judicial clerk assisting federal judges in federal litigation. Through this position, he gained considerable experience in legal research and writing while preparing opinions for federal judges to use when making legal determinations in cases. David not only has extensive experience with litigation, he has life experience, which he brings to each case to help his clients.
David is currently a Kane County Court-Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem, representing the interests of children. He is both an adoptive parent and a former foster parent. He has also taught courses as a professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
David is a current member of the Batavia Lions Club as well as Vice President of a non-profit service dog organization that trains service dogs for disabled individuals and he volunteers to help take care of cats and dogs at a local animal shelter. In his spare time, David enjoys playing ice hockey and working on stained glass windows.
- State of Illinois, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- DuPage County Bar Association, Member
- Kane County Bar Association, Member
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- Kane County Family Law Committee
- DuPage County Family Law Committee
- Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Fellow
Seminars & Classes
- Northwestern University Divorce Mediation Training Program
- Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Collaborative Divorce Training Program
- The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Adjunct Professor
In private practice, David uses his years of experience and expertise in dealing with litigation and conflict resolution to assist his clients in their specific legal situations. Matters of divorce and family law can be challenging in many ways. A dissolution of marriage proceeding may involve issues of child custody and visitation as well as the separation of a marital estate. Rutter Family Law handles both pre-judgment and post-judgment divorce matters and can discuss strategies with clients at various stages of divorce proceedings.
Estate planning documents record the final wishes of individuals in a manner that is legally enforceable. These documents are critically important for adults of all ages as they detail the protection or distribution of assets and personal property as well as health care decisions. David draws on his years of experience in the federal courts to analyze will and trust issues and to effectively assist his clients in planning their estate.
At Rutter Family Law, David Rutter believes that everyone is entitled to justice, respect, and fairness in court proceedings and he zealously advocates for the rights of his clients. It is equally important to David to be responsive to the goals, needs, and concerns of his clients. All questions are welcome. If you call with questions or concerns, someone will get back to you promptly. If David is working with another client, his paralegal Lilly will be able to take your message and make sure that David is alerted to your inquiry.