Keith H. Rutman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego, CA

Attorney at Law
 | 501 W. Broadway, Suite 1650
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-237-9072
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Keith H. Rutman founded his San Diego law firm, Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law, in 1994. Since establishing his firm, he has focused his practice on assisting the residents of San Diego, nearby Temecula and Murrieta, and those living throughout Southern California who face criminal charges and other complex legal matters, including business litigation and cases of police misconduct. Thanks to his long record of success, the region's residents know to turn to him for their defense needs when they face any charge, including the following:

• Driving under the influence• Drug crimes• Violent crimes• White collar crimes

Mr. Rutman began his legal career in 1989 after earning his law degree from University of San Diego School of Law and his admission to The State Bar of California. Today, more than 25 years later, he has built a reputation as one of Southern California's leading defense attorneys and earned board certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Attorney Rutman's excellent reputation has resulted in a number of honors and awards. He has a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and he has received a Distinguished peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego named him its 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year.

When Mr. Rutman is not in court, he is often found at legal functions. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Additionally, he is an author and contributing editor for San Diego Lawyer magazine.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (60%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Civil Rights (30%): Police Misconduct

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Civil Rights: Police Misconduct

Appellate: Appeals


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Keith Rutman

Admitted: 1989, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Selected to the 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers list

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, A California Board of Legal Specialization Approved Agency, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • SDCBA, Member
  • ABA, Member
  • CACJ (California Attorneys for Criminal Justice), Member
  • NACDL (National Association of Commercial Defense Lawyers), Member
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
  • California, 1989

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • SDCBA Children at Risk

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • San Diego Lawyer Magazine, Contributing Editor

Educational Background:

  • Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, B.A.
Office Location for Keith H. Rutman

501 W. Broadway
Suite 1650
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-237-9072


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Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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