Keith H. Rutman Esq.

Keith H. Rutman Esq.

Sole Practitioner
San Diego, California
888-714-6354 (Toll Free)

I am a solo practitioner with 25 years experience. Communication with my clients is my top priority.

  • Criminal Defense
  • Drug Possession
  • Theft
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Police Misconduct
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Traffic Violations
  • Small Claims Advisal
  • Child Abuse
  • Police Misconduct
  • Expungements
  • Sexual Assaults
  • Speeding and Moving Violations
  • Vandalism
  • White Collar Crime
  • Juvenile Offenses

Areas of Practice

  • Collections & Repossessions
  • Police Misconduct
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Prisoners' Rights
  • Search & Seizure Protections
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Drug Violations
  • Federal
  • Felonies
  • Grand Jury Proceedings
  • Misdemeanor
  • RICO Act
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • Victims' Rights
  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1989


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1989
  • Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • San Diego Lawyer Magazine, Contributing Editor

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers list

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NACDL (National Association of Commercial Defense Lawyers), Member
  • CACJ (California Attorneys for Criminal Justice), Member
  • ABA, Member
  • SDCBA, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • SDCBA Children at Risk


  • "Keith Rutman isn't just a great lawyer—he is figuratively and literally a life saver, having saved my life twice. First in a figurative way. I was facing serous charges and was fearing the worst – a lengthy prison sentence. He applied his expert legal knowledge to secure a positive solution to my problem. It far exceeded my expectations and I received probation. He offered me essential advice on both legal and strategic matters. Mr. Rutman was always immediately available to assist me. I would expect this kind of outstanding service from any lawyer who stands at the top of his profession." Learn More...
  • "Dear Mr. Rutman, I can't begin to thank you for all you have done for Jarrett and Jordan - specifically Jordan; you have gone over and above what most attorneys would do, and treated Jordan so well accepting his "I don't know what your talking about mentality". Jordan is greatly relieved it is over but I don't think he understands fully what is expected of him for the next 12 months." - Judy, Jarrett and Jordan Learn More...
  • "Mr. Rutman did a great job in my dispute over the accuracy of my criminal record against the State of California, and he got the Court to order it changed in my favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Rutman, he is diligent and prompt and very knowledgeable. He would be my first choice if I ever need an attorney again, and he should be yours." - Jerry S Learn More...
  • "Keith and I have handled very complicated trials together including multiple bank robberies and murder cases. I highly endorse Keith. He is always a well prepared, caring, and aggressive criminal defense attorney." Learn More...
  • "I opposed Keith in a federal civil rights claim brought in federal court. Keith was creative and determined to advocate his clients interests and was a pleasure to work with. A true professional in every regard. Enthusiastically recommended and endorsed!" Learn More...
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