Attorneys Jim Rutter and Brian Sleeth are dedicated to providing top quality legal representation for their clients in Columbia, Missouri and surrounding areas. With over 50 years of legal experience, a sincere concern for the welfare of their clients, and an excellent reputation in the Columbia community, Jim and Brian consistently provide their clients with high-quality and personally-tailored legal services. Contact Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices today for:

  • Personal attention to your case;
  • Top quality representation;
  • Compassion for clients’ problems;
  • Affordable rates.

Brian_Sleeth_2014-09Brian D. Sleeth

Legal Experience

  • 2013-Present: Partner attorney with Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices-Columbia, MO
  • 2010-2012: Partner attorney with Robinson Law Offices-Columbia, MO
  • 2004-Present: Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Westminster College, Fulton MO
  • 2002-2010: Contract Guardian ad Litem- Full-time for both Boone and Callaway Counties
  • 2006-Present: 13th Judicial Circuit certified and approved mediator for civil cases
  • 2007-Present: Owner and mediator for Middleground Mediation L.L.C.
  • 2000: Summer Internship-Missouri Attorney Generals Office Litigation Division
  • 1999: Law clerk for the Honorable Judge Conley: Retired Presiding Judge-13th Circuit
  • 1999: Research Assistant for Professor Robert Lawless Business Law: UMC Law School


  • Admitted to the Missouri Bar September 19, 2001 (Missouri Bar Number #51189)
  • Admitted to United States District Court-Western District of Missouri


  • Juris Doctorate May 2001, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
  • Masters of Education August 1996, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
  • Bachelors of Science in Education May 1995, Magna Cum Laude, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

Professional Teaching Experience

  • 1997-1998-Mathematics Teacher, Lange Middle School-Columbia, MO
  • 1996-1997-Mathematics Teacher, Oakland Middle School-Columbia, MO
  • 1995-1996-Teacher, Shepard Elementary-Columbia, MO

Awards Received

  • Curators Scholarship University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
  • Roberts Scholarship University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Foundation Scholarship
  • National Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Recipient
  • Cadre Teaching Fellowship Master’s Program Pioneer

Community Organizations & Activities

  • Member Boone County Bar Association
  • Chair of the Partners in Education Committee
  • Member American Bar Association
  • Member Missouri Bar-Family Law Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the SHARE program of Columbia, MO


Jim Rutter

Legal Experience

  • Experienced trial attorney with jury trial experience beginning in 1979(over 35 years).
  • Law Clerk for Presiding Judge 6th Judicial Circuit of Missouri
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri
  • Appointed as Special Assistant Public Defender on ad hoc basis as conflict attorney
  • Criminal Defense with special interest in false allegations and those falsely accused of child abuse and sexual assault.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
  • Juris Doctor University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO



  • Member of Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center