Paul S. Rutter is Of Counsel to the law firm of Gilchrist & Rutter, P.C. in Santa Monica, California, a firm that he co-founded in 1983. Prior to returning to his law firm, Mr. Rutter was Co-Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Thomas Properties Group, a publicly held full-service real estate company headquartered in Los Angeles that owned and managed office, mixed-use and residential properties on a nationwide basis. Mr. Rutter led the negotiations of the recently concluded stock for stock merger of Thomas Properties Group with Parkway Properties out of Florida, which resulted in the departure of all of the executive team from TPG. Prior to joining TPG in September 2008, Mr. Rutter was Executive Vice President - Major Transactions for Maguire Properties, a publicly held REIT. Prior to working on the business side of real estate, Mr. Rutter was the managing shareholder of Gilchrist & Rutter, P.C. His law practice has focused on commercial real estate and business transactions, including development, financing, leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial, residential and industrial properties.
Mr. Rutter is the author of several articles in various publications, including an article in the University of California, Los Angeles Law Review (1978). Mr. Rutter has spoken at numerous real estate conferences and seminars over the past 30 years. He has been called upon as an expert witness in several real estate disputes. Mr. Rutter has been honored as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for over 10 straight years. He was also selected as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers" for several years.
Mr. Rutter received his J.D. degree (Order of the Coif) from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he served as Topic and Comment Editor for the University of California at Los Angeles Law Review. He earned his A.B. magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned Dean's List honors, and was Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Rutter is on the Advisory Board of the UCLA Law School and on the Board of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Business.