Jeffrey H. Rutherford, Partner Los Angeles
jrutherford@crowell.com
Phone: +1 213.443.5596
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

Jeff Rutherford is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office, where he serves as office head. He focuses on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and civil and criminal jury trial work. Mr. Rutherford has been lead trial counsel in numerous federal and state civil and criminal jury trials over the last 16 years. He is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group, and is also active in the firm’s Health Care, Antitrust, and Government Contracts practices.

Mr. Rutherford places a particular emphasis on the representation of individuals and entities in high-profile, high-stakes political corruption/public integrity, criminal antitrust, health care fraud, money laundering/Bank Secrecy Act, and civil and criminal False Claims Act/qui tam matters. But he has also represented individuals and entities in a wide array of other complex civil and white collar criminal matters, including tax, securities, procurement fraud, entertainment, conflict of interest (Cal. Gov’t Code § 1090), theft of trade secrets, campaign finance, off-label marketing, FCPA, cyber crimes, FIRREA, environmental crimes, criminal OSHA violations, and international extradition proceedings.

In 2014, Mr. Rutherford was lead trial counsel in U.S. ex. rel. Hooper v. Lockheed Martin Corporation, obtaining a complete defense jury verdict against a claim for damages in excess of $1 billion. The win was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top verdicts in 2014. Mr. Rutherford is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the California Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category, by The Best Lawyers In America in the area of white collar criminal defense, and as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" in white collar criminal defense. He was also named by The Los Angeles Daily Journal to the "2007 Top 20 Under 40" list of lawyers in California.

Mr. Rutherford's jury trials include:

  • Defense of an international aerospace corporation in connection with federal qui tam action. Obtained complete defense verdict against a claim for damages in excess of $1 billion for alleged fraudulent billing and retaliatory discharge.
  • Defense of the founder and executive director of high-performing charter school on charges of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement, tax fraud, and conflict of interest.
  • Defense of an international seafood company executive on criminal charges of importing and distributing mislabeled seafood products.
  • Defense of a high-profile public official and health care executive on charges of bribery, conflict of interest, embezzlement, and tax fraud.
  • Defense of a bank manager on charges of money laundering and bank fraud.
  • Defense of a tax preparer on charges of aiding and abetting tax fraud.
  • Defense of multiple other individuals on charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, passing counterfeit instruments, money laundering, and narcotics distribution.

Mr. Rutherford's recent non-trial representations include:

  • Representation of senior executive in global criminal investigation of alleged collusion among Japanese auto parts manufacturers.
  • Representation of government contractor in False Claims Act litigation pertaining to a VA contract.
  • Representation of production manager in connection with criminal OSHA prosecution of a workplace fatality.
  • Representation of individuals and entities in connection with investigations involving money laundering and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
  • Representation of physician in prosecution for allegedly illegally prescribing medications.
  • Representation of health care executive in connection with federal health care fraud and public corruption investigations.
  • Representation of trader in connection with insider trading investigation.
  • Representation of oil company and oil company executives in connection with criminal environmental criminal litigation.
  • Representation of vice-president of investment advisory firm charged with antitrust bid-rigging and fraud in connection with bond investment work.
  • Representation of regulatory affairs director of medical device company in connection with off-label marketing investigation.
  • Representation of executive in connection with DOJ and SEC investigation of medical device company for FCPA violations.
  • Representation of executive of investment firm in connection with investigation of theft of trade secrets.
  • Representation of executive in connection with DOJ investigation of payola payments in the radio industry.
  • Representation of multiple physicians in connection with DOJ investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud and violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Representation of former KPMG partner in connection with civil litigation regarding tax shelters.
  • Representation of attorney in connection with embezzlement and obstruction of justice investigation.
  • Representation of various municipalities in connection with criminal and civil conflict of interest investigations.
  • Representation of Mexican federal law enforcement officer in connection with money laundering prosecution.
  • Representation of multiple individuals in connection with criminal antitrust investigation of price-fixing in the airline industry.
  • Representation of U.S. citizen in extradition proceedings involving attempted murder and assault charges in the Netherlands.
  • Representation of movie producer in connection with prosecution of an investment fraud scheme.

Mr. Rutherford was previously a partner with Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley Rutherford & Levine LLP, and was a founding partner of Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office. Prior to that, Mr. Rutherford was a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California, handling both trial and appeals. Before joining the Federal Public Defender, Mr. Rutherford was a litigation associate with Kaye Scholer, LLP and a Cooperating Attorney with the ACLU of Southern California. He is a past recipient of the Pro Bono Advocacy Award from the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the President's Pro Bono Service Award from the State Bar of California for his work on litigation fighting gender discrimination in local municipal sports and recreation programs. Mr. Rutherford also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, United States District Judge, Central District of California.

Mr. Rutherford received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated with honors and was an articles editor of the Minnesota Law Review. He served as an adjunct professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he taught trial advocacy, and has been on the faculty of seminars for lawyers on law and technology and complex criminal litigation. He is a member of many bar associations, including the Cutthroat Lawyers Bar Association, and is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He was a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He also serves on the Board of Directors of both the Federal Bar Association in Los Angeles (for which he served on the Executive Committee) and the West Coast Regional Subcommittee of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee. Mr. Rutherford co-authors "Federal Criminal Practice," which is published by James Publishing.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California
U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California, Western District of Michigan

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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Legal Superheroes: Saving the Company!" ACC-San Francisco Bay Chapter Inaugural Compliance Day, Burlingame, CA (June 17, 2016). Presenters: Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jeffrey H. Rutherford and Kelly T. Currie.
  • "What Every SoCal Company Should Know About International Sanctions and Money Laundering," Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2016). Presenters: Carlton Greene and Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "What's Up Doc? Latest Trends in Health Care Fraud Enforcement," National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual West Coast White Collar Conference (June 19, 2014). Presenter: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "The Rearview Mirror: Lessons Learned From This Year's Trial Victories," Crowell & Moring Seminar/Webinar (April 22, 2014). Presenters: Robert T. Rhoad, Gregory D. Call, Kevin C. Mayer, Linda B. Popejoy, Keith J. Harrison, Brian T. McLaughlin, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Nathaniel P. Bualat, and Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Breaking News – Key Elements of Crisis Management," West Coast Ounce of Prevention Seminar (WOOPS), Manhattan Beach, CA (April 8, 2014). Moderator: Daniel R. Forman; Presenters: Erica Elliott, Gail D. Zirkelbach, David J. Ginsberg, Amy Laderberg O’Sullivan, Jeffrey H. Rutherford, Angela B. Styles, and Megan Weisgerber.
  • "When the Investigators Come Knocking at Your Office, Your Job or Your Home – What Do You Do? How to be Prepared to Respond to Government Investigations," Construction Super Conference 2012, San Francisco, CA (December 12-14, 2012). Speaker: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "DOJ on Line One, WSJ on Line Two: How to Make the Right Calls in the Worst Case Scenario," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, August ACCESS MCLE program (August 2010). Presenters: Kelly Currie, Michael Cypers, Janet Levine, Jeff Rutherford, Mark Troy, and Katie Balderrama.
  • "Pay to Play," American Bar Association, Fourth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, Washington, D.C. (October 2009). Panelist: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Understanding Complex Financial Fraud Cases," National Defender Investigator Association, Scottsdale, Arizona (September 2007). Speaker: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Law & Technology Seminar," Defender Services Training Branch, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Los Angeles, California (June 2007). Faculty: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Complex Litigation Seminar," Defender Services Training Branch, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2006). Panelist: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Complex Litigation Seminar," Defender Services Training Branch, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, San Francisco, California (Sept. 2005). Panelist: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Law & Technology Seminar," Defender Services Training Branch, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, San Francisco, California (June 2005). Faculty: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Understanding Complex Financial Fraud Cases," National Defender Investigator Association, Los Angeles, California (September 2004). Speaker: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Law & Technology Seminar," Defender Services Training Branch, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, San Juan, Puerto Rico (February 2004). Faculty: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Pretrial Issues in White Collar Crime Cases," American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Regional Subcommittee, Los Angeles, California (January 2004). Panelist: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles, California (September 2003). Panelist: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Law & Technology Seminar," Defender Services Training Branch, Administrative Office of the United States Courts), Williamsburg, Virginia (June 2003). Faculty: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.


Publications

  • "Regulatory Forecast 2016: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (January 2016). Contributor.
  • "White Collar — Investigator, Judge and Enforcer," Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2016 (January 2016). Contributors: Jeffrey H. Rutherford, Janet Levine, Amy Sandra Lee, and Alan W. H. Gourley.
  • "Federal Criminal Practice James Publishing. (2009). Authors: Barry Boss and Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Overpriced Security? An Review of the SEC's Proposed Rulemaking on 'Pay to Play' American Bar Association National Securities Fraud Institute (October 2009). Co-Authors: David Willingham, Arwen Johnson and Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Issues that Arise in Connection with the Appointment of Counsel 27 CAJC Forum 67 (June 2000). Author: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Forward: Reexamining Race and Racial Identity in the United States 15 Law & Ineq. J. 1 (1997). Author: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "Dzuibak v. Mott: The Need to Better Balance the Interests of Indigent Accused and Public 78 Minn. L. Rev 981 (1994). Author: Jeffrey H. Rutherford.


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