David Rutan represents clients in complex business cases, including disputes with international implications, such as foreign real estate developments and international distribution agreements. He has experience with shareholder and partnership disputes, fraud, real estate and land use disputes, breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secret disputes, and employment disputes.
Mr. Rutan graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He served as Staff Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review and was a quarterfinalist in Moot Court, where he won Best Brief. While participating in the Appellate Litigation Clinic, Mr. Rutan and his partner drafted briefs in two cases heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Rutan received the highest or second-highest grade in three classes, including First Amendment Law and Business Associations. While in law school, Mr. Rutan also worked as a law clerk at a business and real estate litigation firm.
Represented co-founder and former president of a privately held corporation in a suit against the corporation and its board of directors after the client was unlawfully removed as a director and officer. Successfully opposed two motions for summary judgment before the matter settled.
Represented the developer of a multi-unit residential complex as a plaintiff in a quiet title action, and obtained summary judgment on behalf of the client.
Drafted and argued a successful motion to compel arbitration in a shareholder dispute regarding an international real estate development.
Represented luxury eyewear designer in dispute with the designer's European distributor.
Critically involved in the successful defense of an owner of commercial property in a lawsuit seeking to force the client to sell property to the plaintiff.