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Bob Rutter has over 35 years of experience successfully fighting insurance companies on behalf of policyholders. Along the way he has become a nationally recognized leader in insurance coverage law, personally arguing and winning two landmark cases before the Ohio Supreme Court which helped define insurance bad faith in the state.

Bob started his insurance law career on the other side of the fence, working for a firm that represented insurance companies. After learning how insurance companies operated, Bob switched sides to co-found Rutter & Russin in 1991. He dedicated his practice to achieving justice for policyholders across the Midwest who have been wronged by the very same insurance companies they thought would protect them in their time of need.

Bob's expertise is well-known among his peers. A sought-after speaker, Bob has traveled across the country lecturing on insurance law and has published articles in multiple legal journals. He's been elected to the following leadership positions by colleagues in his field:

  • Chair, Insurance Coverage Specialization Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chair, Insurance Law Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chair, Insurance Law Section, Ohio Association for Justice

2019 Respected Advocate Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Lifetime Achievement Award, Ohio Association for Justice, Annual Convention, 2017

Certified Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law, Ohio State Bar Association, 2017-Present

The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2015-23
The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Insurance, 2015-23
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 & 2021 Cleveland Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Cleveland Litigation – Insurance "Lawyer of the Year"

Rutter & Russin, LLC has been named a Tier 1 firm in Cleveland for Insurance Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in 2021, 2022, 2023

AV Preeminent Rated in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Avvo Rated 10 out of 10

Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2010-23
Super Lawyers Top 50 List in Cleveland, 2016-20, 2023
Super Lawyers Top 100 List in Ohio, 2016-20, 2023

American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

Ohio State Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee

  • Chair, Insurance Law Committee, 2010-12
  • Chair, Insurance Coverage Specialization Committee, 2009-14

Ohio Association for Justice

  • Vice-Chair, Insurance Law Section, 1991-93
  • Chair, Insurance Law Section, 1993-95
  • Trustee, 1998-2002

Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys

  • Trustee, 1994-96

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Insurance Law Section

National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

United Policyholders, Sponsor

Bob Rutter
Robert P. Rutter
Ohio State Bar Association – Certified Specialist