Rutherford & Christie is a firm of experienced trial lawyers committed to providing quality legal representation, strong and effective advocacy, and responsive and personal service.
We understand that accessibility and accountability are absolutely essential to our success and are the reasons we are able to establish and maintain long-term relationships with our clients. From the simple assurance that telephone calls are returned promptly to the identification of cost savings and case solutions that the client might not have previously considered, we subscribe to the philosophy that understanding our clients' needs is foremost to achieving a long-standing professional relationship.
Long-standing client relationships are one of the surest barometers of a law firm's success in evaluating and meeting its clients' needs for legal representation. Rutherford & Christie serves as sole litigation counsel in Georgia and New York for several national companies because of the manner in which we approach and manage litigation.
We are also proud to be certified as a women's business enterprise (WBE) through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. We believe the diversity of our attorneys and staff allows us to better serve the needs of a broad range of clients.
We thank you for considering Rutherford & Christie and encourage you to evaluate our firm based on the principles that drive us: strong and supportive relationships with our clients and our ability to bring our clients' legal matters to a successful resolution.
Trial and appellate practice focusing on the restaurant/food service, aviation, construction, religious entity, and energy industries. Serves as trial counsel for national restaurant/food service companies, major domestic and international U.S. airlines, national construction contractors, as well as insurance carriers, both primary and excess.
• Serves as trial counsel to some of the world’s top restaurants handling catastrophic injury and death resulting from dram shop liability and premises liability; false imprisonment; commercial contracts; employment and workers’ compensation matters • Defends major domestic and international U.S. airlines, handling Warsaw and Montreal Conventions; contractual indemnity; premises liability; product liability; property damage to aircraft and airport facilities; and subrogation and recovery litigation • Represents national and regional construction and construction management companies in catastrophic injury, construction defect, and environmental claims • Defends environmental and toxic tort litigation under both state and federal claims • Represents religious entities on a variety of issues ranging from First Amendment protection, misconduct by clergy and staff, premises liability and catastrophic injury • Represents power, mining/mineral processing, oil/gas/chemical, renewable energy, water and wastewater, and marine companies in claims for breach of contract • Represents clients in federal court on UCC grounds for claims of defective and non-conforming products, breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence, fraud and bad faith • Litigates numerous complex and catastrophic injury cases including multiple deaths, quadriplegia, amputations, loss of organs and severe brain injury Practice Areas Aviation Premises Liability Dram Shop Employment Church Liability Construction Litigation Construction Defect Environmental Toxic Tort Workers’ Compensation
Education B.S.W., cum laude, University of Georgia, 1982
J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 1989
Law Review, Georgia State University College of Law, 1987-1989