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 has experience with both contested and uncontested divorces, as well as paternity issues, child support issues, parenting issues, and maintenance (alimony) issues. In addition, David has experience with DCFS and adoption cases. David has done work in virtually all types of general civil litigation, including breach of contract cases. In the area of estate planning, David has worked with clients to prepare wills and trusts and to represent clients in probate proceedings.
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 and does volunteer work for The John Marshall Law School Domestic Violence Clinic.
David is a current member of the Geneva Rotary Club and the Batavia Lions Club as well as Vice President of Dogs On The Go Assistance Dogs, a non-profit service dog organization that trains service dogs for disabled individuals. In his spare time, David enjoys playing ice hockey and working on stained glass windows.
- Illinois, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Professional Associations and Memberships
- DuPage County Bar Association, Member
- Kane County Bar Association, Member
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- Kane County Family Law Committee
- Kane County Bar Association Mediation Committee
- DuPage County Family Law Committee
- DuPage County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
- Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Fellow
Classes and Seminars
- Northwestern University Divorce Mediation Training Program
- Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Collaborative Divorce Training Program
- The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Adjunct Professor