Consistently ranked as one of the tops in the field for his appellate work on behalf of Haynes and Boone’s clients, Kent Rutter offers clients an expertise that is unique among his peers—the ability to provide an empirically sound assessment of the likelihood of success on appeal.
Kent’s skill in this area comes not only from his 18 years of experience in the federal and state appellate courts and his board certification in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, but also from co-authoring an award-winning empirical study of appellate decisions. Kent is regularly asked to lecture on appellate practice and has appeared before hundreds of trial lawyers, appellate lawyers, and in-house counsel to speak on the topic of evaluating appeals. In his practice, Kent uses his insights into the appellate process to guide clients on the strategies offering them the best prospects for victory on appeal.
Kent is not only an accomplished appellate lawyer, but also a leader in the appellate bar. He has served as chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association and as course director of the 2014 Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course presented by the State Bar of Texas, and he currently serves as an officer of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. Kent has been selected for inclusion on Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, list of the top 100 attorneys in Houston, 2013-2016.
Kent is also active in the community at large. As a long-time member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Greater Houston, Kent has mentored young professionals with an interest in bettering their communities and supported a wide array of organizations that serve families in need.