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I am a sole practitioner dedicated to providing excellent legal service to clients in San Diego and southern California.  I started my career in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps representing sailors in a variety of capacities.  I started private practice in Los Angeles, California working for a large firm.  I later moved my business to San Diego where I have been ever since.     



My practice is primarily devoted to representing employees in wage and hour, whistle-blowing, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment disputes in the state of California.  I also practice landlord-tenant law representing landlord or tenants in eviction matters.  I also provide family law (dissolution, spousal support, child custody, child support, etc.) services to mostly current or former military service members.  The remainder of my practice is devoted general personal injury, civil rights, probate administration, collections matters representing injured people in automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, and wrongful death actions. 



I love what I do.  Please call me 24/7 at 619-886-7224 for your free 30 minute consultation or send me an email to I prefer talking on the telephone.  


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 25%
    20 years
  2. Slip and Fall Accident: 10%
    20 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    20 years
  4. Car Accidents: 5%
    20 years
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joshua David Mackenroth

    I have worked with Tom on a number of occasions and find he is bright, quick thinking and always two steps ahead of the opposing party. Tom can be very serious and intense and his mannerisms reflect this. But he gets results, and that is what you hire an attorney to do. I highly recommend him for your case.


    Joshua Mackenroth Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jeffrey Lee Hogue

    I fully endorse Tom. He is knowledgeable on employment law matters, and always willing to help other attorneys. He attends numerous wage and hour seminars to assure he is on top of the latest developments in his field of law.


    Jeffrey Hogue Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Thomas D. Rutledge

35 Fifth Avenue.
Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92103-5015


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinction in history.University of Massachusetts, Boston1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge AdvocateU.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps1996 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2010 - Present
North County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Labor and Employment Law SectionBoard of Delegates2007 - 2008
Labor and Employment Law SectionCo-Chair2006 - 2008
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Attorney-Client Assistance CommitteeChairman2004 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baca v. ADP Totalsource, Inc, et alResolved in a Confidential Settlement
Landrum v. Taco Bell Corp.Resolved in a confidential settlement
Yang v. American Laser Center, LLC, et al.Resolved in the confidential settlement and in a consent decree
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalAlternatives to Covenants Not to Compete Can Aid Lawyers2002
Temple Business Law Journal Vol. 1, SpringHow To File A Mechanics’ Lien Under the New Jersey Construction Lien Law1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Harvard UniversityManagement & AdministrationC.S.S.1992
University of Massachusetts, BostonHistory & Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Taking Depositions in Employment Law CasesTaking Depositions in Employment Law Cases2008