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Thomas Rutledge Appointed to ABA Committee on Corporate Laws

LOUISVILLE (July 18, 2016)–Thomas E. Rutledge, a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, has been appointed to the Committee on Corporate Laws of the Section of Business Law, American Bar Association. His six-year term begins this September.

The committee’s 25 members include some of the country’s leading practitioners and legal scholars. Among the committee’s duties is drafting the Model Business Corporation Act, which is utilized (in whole or in part) in 46 U.S. jurisdictions—including Kentucky—and is a model for corporate law throughout the world. The committee’s work also includes drafting the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

“It’s no surprise that Tom has been named to this significant committee,” said University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Joan Heminway. “His service to the bar on business law matters over the years has been extraordinary and extends well beyond his dear Kentucky home into national debates of great import.”

Since 1990, Rutledge has devoted his practice to business organization law and counseling business owners about the operation of their companies. Among his career highlights is contributing to drafting many of Kentucky’s business organization statutes, including serving as the sole drafter of Kentucky’s Business Entity Filing Act, Revised Uniform Partnership Act, Uniform Limited Partnership Act, Limited Cooperative Association Act, Statutory Trust Act, and Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act. Rutledge also contributed to Kentucky’s Business Corporation Act, Nonprofit Corporation Acts and Limited Liability Company Act.

“Already recognized nationally for his work in the areas of LLC, partnerships and other unincorporated business organizations, Tom will bring both practical experience and thoughtful analysis to the ABA committee that drafts the only national model corporation law,” said Robert Keatinge of Denver-based Holland & Hart.

Rutledge is a frequent author about business organization law and a sought-after speaker. He currently chairs  the Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities of the ABA Section of Business Law, serves as a Commissioner to the Uniform Laws Commission and is a member of the American Law Institute.

“Tom’s intimate knowledge of business entities learned through his practice, writing articles, making speeches, serving on state and national drafting committees, and chairing the American Bar Association’s Committee on LLCs, makes him a natural choice to serve as a member of the Corporate Laws Committee for the American Bar Association,” observed Scott Ludwig, an attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP of Huntsville, Alabama.