Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (“SKO”) is pleased to announce Thomas E. Rutledge has been named 2018 recipient of the Martin I. Lubaroff Award by the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee. The award, considered to be the highest honor that a business entity attorney can receive, will be formally presented to Rutledge at the 2018 LLC Institute, October 11, in Arlington, VA.
“Tom’s work on behalf of the ABA has been extraordinary, and his commitment to the legal profession tireless. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of business entities developed through his practice, writing articles, delivering speeches and serving on state and national drafting committees,” said SKO Managing Director P. Douglas Barr. “He is nationally renowned in this area of the law, and his dedication, reputation and performance have earned him this well-deserved honor.”
Rutledge is an active member of the ABA’s Business Law Section. He has served as chair of the Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, which oversees the development of the laws governing limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships, statutory trusts, and other unincorporated entities throughout the United States. He also serves on the Publications Board and is a member of the select (26 members nationwide) Committee on Corporate Laws.
Rutledge’s knowledge of business organization law enables him to advise clients regarding all aspects of entity organization He has authored numerous published articles and serves as the editor of the American Bar Association’s LLC & Partnership Reporter, the newsletter for the Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities.
He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2004. His publications have been cited by courts in including those of Kentucky and Delaware and by the 6th and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeal. One of his articles was cited to the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief filed by a group of business law professors, in connection with the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases decided in 2014.
Rutledge is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, recognized by Chambers USA and honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. He was a member of the committee that drafted the Kentucky Limited Liability Company Act and the 1994 Limited Liability Partnership amendments to the Kentucky Partnership Act. He was the principal drafter of the Kentucky Revised Uniform Partnership Act (2006), the Kentucky Uniform Limited Partnership Act (2006), the Kentucky Business Entity Filing Act, the Kentucky Uniform Statutory Trust Act (2012), the Kentucky Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act and various statutory amendments adopted in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017
He earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, studied medieval history at Notre Dame, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Louis. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and is a Fellow of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Robert R. Keatinge, himself nationally renowned on LLC and partnership law and a former recipient of the Lubaroff Award, wrote, “I have known Tom for many years, and he has always displayed the intellectual insights and generosity that accompanies a command of the subject matter. He has a deep appreciation for the way in which the law changes at the hands of clever transactional lawyers, imaginative litigators, thoughtful judges and responsive legislators. In other words, Tom knows the law, but more importantly, he knows the law is always changing and carefully follows and strives to understand the changes.”
About the Martin I. Lubaroff Award
The award was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Marty Lubaroff who untimely passed away on January 1, 2001. Marty was the quintessential lawyer—careful, thorough, exacting, engaging, insightful, precise, provocative and persistent, while gentle, kind and courteous. He was a good friend and mentor to scores of lawyers in Delaware and throughout the United States. Marty was a long-time member of, and key participant in, the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee. He chaired the Limited Partnerships Subcommittee at the time of his death.