About

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.

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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

Licenses

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

Education

  • 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

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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.

Education

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

 

Affiliations

  • 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