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Andrew Ralph Rutz

Administrative law Attorney at New Albany, IN

4.6   10 reviews

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    40%
    Federal administrative law focusing on veterans affairs

    12 years, 500 cases

  2. Military law
    40%
    Veterans Disability

  3. Appeals
    10%
    Appeals of adverse decisions by administrative law judges

    12 years, 50 cases

  4. Social Security & Disability
    10%

My practice is dedicated to raising my clients' good fortune by solving problems, providing sound advice, and maximizing VA benefits available to them.  Please feel free to call me or send an email for a free consultation.

Licensed for 21 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Andrew

Law Office of Andrew R. Rutz
P.O. Box 103
New Albany, IN, 47124

Reviews

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Posted by Deborah | April 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gratitude from a veteran's widow
I was referred to Andrew in 2012 after two failed attempts with the VA regarding my husband's death, age 56, in 1998. He was a USAF retiree Vietnam, physically and psychologically ill. So many years had passed. Andrew's knowledge of military law, his fortitude and the compassion he showed to me and our case kept me going. He is a fighter and persevered. His appeals were outstanding and October 2017 the VA sent a favorable decision of 100% service related disability at time of death. I was also to receive DIC and SBP proportionately. I then needed Andrew's intervention between the VA and DFAS as both said the other was to pay retroactive benefits and DFAS said no to SBP. Thanks to Drew, the VA provides 100% DIC monthly benefits and paid the retroactive benefits. Due to Andrew's professional skills, knowledge, experience and a fine innate quality one doesn't always find in lawyers today, the favorable decision wouldn't have been achieved. I highly recommend Drew to veterans and their survivors.
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Posted by TOMMY | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MR.
I HIRED MR. ANDREW R. RUTZ AFTER DEALING WITH V.A. FOR 6 YEARS.I'VE MET WITH MR. RUTZ AND I THINK I CAN CALL HIM ANDREW. ANDREW TOOK MY CASE IN 2015 AND MY CASE WAS SETTLED IN FEB. 2018. I WAS RECEIVING 10% DISABILITY AND ANDREW WAS ABLE TO GET ME 100% TOTAL AND PERMENANT DISABILITY. I DEALT WITH THE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS TO GET HELP BUT WAS UNABLE TO GET MY CASE SETTLED. IT'S NOT EASY. YOU HAVE TO GET THE PROPER PAPERWORK AND YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR RESEARCH(COMPUTERS,LIBRARY, ENCYCLOPEDIAS. YOU HAVE TO DO THE LEG WORK,BUT IT PAYS OFF. YOU HAVE TO BE PATIENT. ANDREW IS A HUMBLE MAN THAT IS A TRUE ADVOCATE FOR VETERANS. ANDREW I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS. I'M GETTING OLDER AND IT WAS A TRUE BLESSING. I LOVE YOU BROTHER. TOMMY
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Posted by James Lloyd | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TDIU Claim Representation
I was seeking representation for my va claims denial for increase percentage after having failed. Mr Rutz did get me a higher rating and is now representing me in trying to gain my TDIU rating. I can honestly say that Win, Lose or Draw he has always been available and I only have the utmost respect for how he really tries to help you win the awards the va doesn't think you deserve. I truly believe he is concerned and dedicated to his oath to help his clients get a fair shake from the va..no doubt about it..he is worthy.....the best....!!!!
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Posted by Thomas | March 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
VA Representative
I had my claim initially filed with county service officer and nothing happened. because of my age and health I could not wait forever. I contacted Mr, Rutz and he went from 8 pages of military records to a stack that exceeds one foot. I now collect disability compensation exceeding 100%+. It wasn't easy but he dug into the system and found what was needed. When I was in southeast "boots on the ground" was not part of the language. Military orders printed in Japan never indicated location I was assigned to. Much was done verbally with 90 day travel orders.
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Posted by John | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
he was very very helpful
Andrew was very professional and did a wonderful job for me I would recommend him to anybody thank you what you have done for me Andrew you're a wonderful guy thanks again
Response from Andrew Rutz February 1, 2017
John, Thanks, and more importantly, it is my privilege to have earned your recommendation. I hope to keep in touch. Warmest regards, Andrew R. Rutz
Posted by Lester | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rating
I was injured while in the military and tried to work with the VA but, had no luck, I went to the internet and found Mr Rutz. Mr Rutz explained to me what I needed to do to get started and what he needed from me. So I sent all of my paper work to him from the VA and sent it to him and he started on as soon as he received it, And with in a few months he had my va rating up and soon after that was done he had me at the rating I needed to be, Mr Rutz was very professional and kind at the same time every time I called, Mr Rutz in my mind is very professional and went above and be on to help me when I needed it, he is 2nd to none and your firm should very happy to have him, Thank you
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Response from Andrew Rutz January 12, 2017
Lester, Thanks very much for your gracious thoughts. It was my honor and my pleasure to help. If you ever have any questions, please call me at your convenience. I remain at your service, and we will keep in touch. Warmest Regards, Drew Rutz
Posted by Doug | September 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Rutz, effective, caring and dedicated to the client!
Upon learning approximately two years ago that my service-connected disability was incurable and progressive, I applied to the VA for compensation. My claim was approved but I was dissatisfied with the level of disability assigned by the VA. To prepare myself for an appeal I did a lot of reading. I learned that there is an arcane language unique to the VA appeals process much of which acquired definition in Federal Court decisions. And I saw also that I would have to navigate the complex legal matrix in which VA appeals are argued. All this was possible and help from Veteran's Service Organizations exists in theory, but I do not think it is easy to find a representative, let alone one who is well-qualified. I decided I wanted professional help. I had heard of Bosley & Bratch and I contacted them. At Bosley & Bratch it was my good fortune to have Attorney Andrew R. Rutz review and agree to take my case. He expertly and quickly took over my appeal. Mr. Rutz advised me, as necessary, and responded to my inquiries and concerns fully and with empathly. Never did I feel that he did not have enough time for me. So effective was Mr. Rutz's representation that I received a favorable decision from the VA in five months. I recommend Bosley & Bratch highly to anyone appealing a VA decision. Based upon my own experience I would describe them as effective, caring and dedicated. I am especially grateful to Mr. Rutz who has my unqualified endorsement.
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Posted by Leonard | September 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Representation of me by Mr. Andrew Rutz
Out of frustration after several years of fighting with the Veterans Administration to adjudicate my disability claim appeal, I contacted Bosley and Bratch. I was very fortunate to speak to Mr. Rutz who after reviewing my problem opted to take my case. Beside being the ultimate professional, he was polite, knowledgeable, thorough and cared about me as a human being and a veteran in need of help. I provided the information he requested and he immediately put the VA on notice that they were dealing with a smart attorney. He filed my case with the Board of Veterans Appeals gathering and presenting my case. When I turned 75 years old. he cited the regulation and I my case was advanced because of my age. He responded to VA challenges with conviction and The Board decided in my favor. There is no doubt in my mind that without the help of Mr. Rutz, I would have either given up, become overly agitated or done something drastic and stupid. I owe the successful conclusion of my appeal, a retroactive award date going back six years and a relief that I didn't think I would ever feel. Thank you Mr. Rutz. You are one Ace attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fight OPM
Drew is an outstanding Attorney. He is expertly informed in the field of Office Of Personnel Management. After a long search to find someone to represent me in my struggle with OPM, (CSRS), I discovered this Attorney that has paved the way to finally getting my retirement corrected. He has broken through barriers that seemed impossible to break. I highly recommend him if you need help against formidable OPM. I interviewed several Attorneys and couldn't find one that knew about the OPM language or how to navigate the road blocks that you face to get them to pay attention to their errors. Then I found Drew!
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Response from Andrew Rutz January 10, 2017
Anonymous: Thank you so much for staying in this fight for so long. You have my admiration and respect, and my hope is that we will stay in touch when the last few "loose ends" of this matter are all tied. With Warmest Regards, I remain at your service. Drew
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ba claim
If I were you don't go with these people they will drag your claim out for years just so they will be able to take a large sum of ur back pay. They take 30% plus additional fees. My case should of been done and settled in a year and it took over 3 yrs to get it no thanks to these people I ended up contacting my senator and va rep to fight for me. At the end I still owned them 30% because of the contract.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Law Office of Andrew R. Rutz, LLC.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bosley & Bratch
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rollo, Harter & Poling
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Deputy Command Judge Advocate
  • U.S. Army JAG Corp
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Huntington County Prosecutors Office
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • US Army Command and General Staff College
  • Intermediate Level Education, Strategic Studies
  • 2016
  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Lawrence University
  • B.A.
  • N/A

Associations

  • Floyd County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
  • Volunteer CASA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Chairman, Military and Veterans Affairs
  • 2013 - 2015
  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates
  • Chairman, Rules and Regulations Committee
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Annual VA Benefits Accreditation Seminar
  • 2016
  • Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Annual VA Benefits Accreditation Seminar
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute, VA Claims Process
  • VA Claims Process
  • 2014
  • Indiana State Legislature
  • In Support of Veterans Disability Legal Clilnics in Indiana Law Schools
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute, Advanced Elder Law
  • Advanced Elder Law
  • 2013
  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates Seminar, Spring 2015
  • VA Rules and Regulations Update -- Appeals and Claims Reform
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Andrew
Unknown Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"In working with Andrew I have consistently noticed how dedicated he is to achieving an excellent result for his clients. He is passionate about his work. He has an extraordinary amount of knowledge and I feel like I learn something every time I talk to Andrew. I highly recommend Andrew."
Military law Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Drew for a number of years. He is always great to bounce ideas off of when the traditional approach to a VA disability claim is not going to work. He is student of the law and can always assist with the more detailed regulatory issues. He is also willing to tackle additional problems that a veteran may face with their retirement or discharge. He cares about his fellow veterans and always strives to help in any way he can. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have had the privilege of working with Drew, and as opposing counsel. Drew is always prepared, and always invested on behalf of his client. You can trust that you will receive skilled advocacy."
Military law Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I've know Drew Rutz for over 15 years and worked with him during much of that time. He is as dedicated a lawyer as you will find. He treats his clients with great respect and as a veteran himself understands the needs of his veteran clients. He also gets the results! I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help with a VA disability appeal."
Administrative law Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Drew is very knowledgeable about the practice and procedure of VA disability. Whenever I have asked him a question regarding situations, he had an answer."
Administrative law
Military law

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New Albany Administrative law Lawyer Andrew Ralph Rutz
Andrew Ralph Rutz
Administrative law Attorney
New Albany, IN
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation