Paul S. Rutter is Co-Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Thomas Properties Group, a publicly held full-service real estate company that owns, acquires, develops and manages office, as well as mixed-use and residential properties on a nationwide basis. TPG's areas of focus are the acquisition and ownership of premier properties, both for its own account and through several strategic joint ventures, property development and redevelopment, and property management activities. 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., where he focused on commercial real estate and business transactions, including development, financing, leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial properties.
Mr. Rutter is involved in all aspects of TPG's business and legal affairs, including development, financing, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing.
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 25 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 each of the past 4 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.