Dan Rutherford, Judge and San Antonio Attorney, specializing in probate, estate planning,
and defense litigation.

Daniel R. Rutherford
Partner
Office: (210) 225-4200x202
Fax: (210) 225-4495
Email: drutherford@rutherfordandrutherford.com

Dan’s practice currently focuses primarily on probate and other non-litigated legal matters. Historically, Mr. Rutherford has been and is one of the premier litigators not only in Bexar County but South Texas. During his extended career, he has handled everything from class actions personal injury cases to complex commercial litigation. In 1976, Mr. Rutherford received the second judgment in excess of $1,000,000 ever rendered in Bexar County. He has tried approximately 450 jury trials, appealed in excess of 125 cases to the Texas Courts of Appeals and has appeared before the Texas Supreme Court on at least 4 occasions. Judge Rutherford has handled 75 appeals to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dan was raised in South Texas, attending high school in Seguin. He then attended San Antonio College and received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1962. From there Mr. Rutherford transferred to St. Mary's University and received his B.A. Degree in 1966, and his Law Degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1966. While in Law School Mr. Rutherford was extended an invitation to join the Tarlton Inn of Phi Delta Phi, a National Honorary Legal Fraternity. Membership in this Fraternity is limited to the top 10% of enrolled students. Mr. Rutherford finished law school fourth in his class graduating in 1966. Mr. Rutherford was licensed to practice law in the Texas Supreme Court and all of the Court's of Texas December 15, 1965, while still attending law school. While attending San Antonio College, Mr. Rutherford met the lovely Linda Diane Blasingame while engaged in summer employment in Houston, Texas, and they were married a year later. They have three children: a son, Stephen Tyler Rutherford, a partner in the firm, and two daughters, Cassandra Diane Rutherford (Scott) and Rebecca Jane Rutherford (Trapp).

Rutherford formed The Rutherford Law Firm in the early 1990’s by partnering with his son, S. Tyler Rutherford. Since that time, The Rutherford Law Firm has continued to grow, prosper, and assist clients across Texas. Recently, in July of 2013, Mr. Rutherford became the honorable Judge Rutherford when he was appointed to serve as Municipal Judge for the City of China Grove, Texas. Now, in addition to his thriving law practice, Judge Rutherford presides over the municipal court one day each month.

Areas of Specialization

  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Planning
  • Litigation

Education and Professional Background:

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., 1966
  • St. Mary’s University, B.A., 1963
  • San Antonio College, A.A., 1961
  • Municipal Court Judge for the City of China Grove Texas, 2013
  • Board Certified Mediator, 1991
  • Board Certified: Civil Trial (1978-2004) and Personal Injury Trial Law Specialist (1989-2004)
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 1966; Federal Courts for the Western District, 1970; Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1975; United States Supreme Court, 1975; Federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981; Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1983; United States Tax Court, 1983

Activities and Affiliations:

  • Member: Texas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi
  • Former member: Board of Directors of the San Antonio Trial Lawyer’s Association