Thomas R. Rutledge, a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, will again teach the Business Planning class at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in Spring 2020.
The Business Planning class is a capstone for third-year law students who are focused on practicing business and transactional law. It requires the students, through drafting research memoranda and transactional documents, to further develop the knowledge and skills they will need in practicing law. In the course of the class students are required to integrate and apply several areas of law previously studied as stand-alone topics such as contracts, corporate and partnership tax, securities regulation and business organizations.
“I consider myself quite fortunate—I get to practice business law, a topic I find challenging and intellectually fascinating,” said Rutledge. “For clients, I aspire to deliver sophisticated answers to their challenges and opportunities.
“Through my research and writing I explore both what the law is and what it should be. I hope that through teaching I instill not only practical knowledge but also a curiosity that will serve my students throughout their careers. Occasionally, I receive a note from a former student along the lines of ‘I was asked to do [whatever], and I remembered how you taught us to do that.’ That kind of note make it all worthwhile,” he added.
Rutledge’s work on behalf of his clients and the development of law has been often recognized. In 2004, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. In 2016, he was appointed to one of 26 positions nationwide on the American Bar Association’s Committee on Corporate Laws. In 2017, Tom was named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Governance Law by Best Lawyers in America®. In 2018 he received the Martin I. Lubaroff Award, and he became a co-author of Ribstein and Keatinge on Limited Liability Companies.
Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Business Services practice combines skilled practitioners, decades of experience and innovative solutions to help clients succeed in a complicated and turbulent marketplace. From local small businesses to international corporations, the firm represents clients involved in a broad range of business activities and has the personnel and experience to help achieve the clients’ legal objectives.