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Stephen Tyler Rutherford

Litigation Attorney at San Antonio, TX

4.7   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

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A native of San Antonio, TX, Attorney S. Tyler Rutherford completed his Juris Doctorate Law Degree at local St. Mary’s Law School in 1996. He graduated with honors and was on the Dean’s List for several semesters during his tenure at St. Mary’s University School of Law. Immediately upon passing the Texas Bar Exam, Attorney Tyler Rutherford was ready to begin representing San Antonio and other Texas clients immediately. Attorney S. Tyler Rutherford is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Texas, as well as in several federal courts including the United States Tax Court. Part of his technique in practicing law is to take advantage of modern high technology, which he uses to fortify arguments with video depositions, electronic document display, and other graphic evidence.

Attorney Rutherford understands the importance of your case, and he has the tenacity and aggressiveness to reach your legal objectives and goals at negotiation talks or in the courtroom. His work has resulted in favorable verdicts for clients on both the plaintiff and defense sides, with millions of dollars in settlements awarded. He pays attention the bottom-line and uses all his knowledge, skill, and resources for each and every client.


Client's Choice 2016,2015
Client's Choice
2016 2015


The Rutherford Law Firm
923 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX, 78205


4.7 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Jessica | June 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Alvarez
Tyler is an outstanding attorney!! He goes above and beyond for each and every client and works extremely lengthy hours to make sure each client has been represented to his best ability. He has helped me out numerous times and has given me life changing advise. If you ever need someone to confide in, Mr. Rutherford is there.
Posted by Irene | November 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, dogged and professional
Rutherford took my case and I put my faith in him to stop the barrage of mail on my doorstep. Then I pretty much forgot about it until he called to tell me about my settlement. Then almost a year later, he called again to say he had continued working the case and had an additional sum for me. Two windfalls, no drama and a satisfied client.
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Posted by Andrew | August 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He won't be bullied
Tyler helped our company (subcontractor) go against a massive general contractor. He stood up for us and got the money we were owed by not being pushed around by the big firm lawyers and their threats.
Posted by Jason | August 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and realistic
Was in for consultation relating to some labor questions I had. Stephen provided realistic and actionable insight for my issue. Not afraid to give you the good and bad and even provided additional recommendations.
Posted by ray | May 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
awesome lawyer !
awesome lawyer! settled my case in no time when other lawyers couldnt very professional i am very satisfied that he was able to settle for the max amount!
Posted by DavidCaballero | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service From An Exceptional Lawyer
My wife and I initially requested Carabin & Shaw as representatives but they could not obtain the objective as previously stated in our case. So, they contracted Mr. Rutherford, who exceeded our expectations and we received a generous compensation due to his diligence and persistence. If you are looking for exemplary representation, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Rutherford. Thank you again for all your hard work. David & Kim
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Posted by Josh | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Tyler has represented me as a plaintiff and a defendant successfully in civiI litigation. Many times Tyler's knowledge of the law has led to successful resolutions to legal problems. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal help.
Posted by Alex Scharff | May 25, 2015
A David for your GOliath
Tyler is not afraid of any legal fight, no matter if a huge corporation or the Government. A very knowledgeable attorney who cares about his clients. I refer people to him because I know he will represent them zealously and correctly.
Posted by Kimberly | March 19, 2015
Stephen Tyler Rutherford is an EXCEPTIONAL attorney!
Tyler is a smart and savvy lawyer who goes above and beyond for his clients. I've worked with him for years and am always impressed with his knowledge and sensibilities!
Posted by Steve | March 19, 2015
quality and great communication. great results.
Tyler does a great job of being on time with documents and great in communicating what is needed for success and the next steps in the process.
Posted by Kimberly | March 18, 2015
Highly Recommended Professional Attorney
Mr. Rutherford provided services regarding a rental agreement complaint. The rental property refused to address several valid complaints that required immediate attention and after waiting for months for resoluntion on my own, I solicited the assistance of Mr. Rutherford. I was impressed with his prompt and professional response to the matter at hand as he was able to resolve the issue with minimal disuption to my life and I was very pleased with the result. He researched the property and previous complaints, addressed the issue directly with the property and was able to reach a viable agreement in which I was able to vacate the uninhabitable property without affect to my credit or rental history. Overall, a very pleasant professional attorney who provided excellent and expediated services.
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Posted by Michael | March 17, 2015
Business Litigation
I used Tyler in a case involving ending a business partnership. The case was somewhat difficult in that there was no partnership agreement in place and there was also a soon to be ex-spouse also making claims on the business. At the end of the process, which occurred just prior to beginning the trial, with Tyler's help, I prevailed in the matter. Throughout the depositions and hearings Tyler and his assistant kept me informed of what was going on with the case and made sure that I knew what information to get them as well as making sure that I was prepared for my role in the case. I hope to never have to go through something like this again but on the off chance it does Tyler will be my first call.
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Posted by Celina | March 17, 2015
First Time Client
Mr. Rutherford was very professional and helped me every step of the way. What I also really appreciated was the fact he always kept me informed in every aspect through the process and explained every detail. I will definitely hire Mr. Rutherford again if ever needed and let people know if they need a great laywer to call Mr. Rutherford.......... Thank you.....
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Posted by Allen | March 16, 2015
Took down a huge Federal Credit Union who was bullying me and my family.
My wife and I were sued by a very large Credit Union, who had an endless legal budget! We were referred to Tyler Rutherford by some friends, who were attorneys in a different field. At first, we were not sure what to think of his very unorthodox method of dealing with this mulit-billion dollar company and their high price legal team, and honestly we were both very scared. Tyler never backed down or took any crap from them. He kept us informed on the strategy behind all of his actions, he knew what they were going to do before they did it and called it numerous time, and after they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to make me admit to a crime I did not commit, Tyler assured me I was doing the right thing and told them to take it to a trial! Two days before we went to Trial, the credit union and their lawyers knew he had his case together and he was going to win, then dropped all the charges against me and my wife. They literally used all of that money to bluff me into signing something that would have incriminated me, and had I not hired Tyler Rutherford, I am sure I would be ruined right now. Thank God we hired him and Thank you Tyler for working with us on paying you back. That money was the best investment I have ever made!
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Posted by Jody Bailey Newman | March 16, 2015
Great advice and excellent value. Trustworthy advisor.
Tyler is an excellent choice for for really smart direction. As a small business owner, I struggled with finding someone with good sound advice. Tyler took the time to get to know us and our business. He is confident and guides us through issues that come up. Tyler's advice has been excellent for us and ultimately helped us settle situations at a lower cost overall. I would recommend you contact Tyler. And feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Posted by Steven | March 17, 2015
Constitutional Rights
The City of San Antonio destroyed a home we owned with no notice. Tyler was organized and took good care of our case and we won in Federal Court. The City appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and Tyler keep us updated the whole way. The process took almost 5 years, so we had time to get to know each other well.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2015
Minor car accident with injuries and car totaled.
Car was rear-ended by a civil servant. I had minor injuries and car was totaled. He was recommended. Initially he was attentive and seemed interested. Not long afterwards, I found myself dealing more with his secretaries than him. I did a lot of the leg work myself. I would be encouraged and then let down. After waiting over 4.5 years and reminding him ( finally got him on the phone ), that it was by most accounts a pretty simple car accident, he stated he didn't like my attitude and dropped me. REALLY? Now I had to find an attorney who would take a case this old. I couldn't find one and lost.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Rutherford Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Carabin Shaw
  • 2017 - 2017


  • St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law
  • 1996
  • St. Mary's Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wong Grocery Company, LLC v. AMART Concessions, LLC
  • Judgment of $397,100.00
  • Daniel Lope-Barosso v. Jose Gutierrez Vivo
  • Final judgment of $524,212.28
  • Wells Fargo Bank v. Debbie H. Hutcheson
  • Bank forced to non-suit their foreclosure efforts.


  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Member
  • Mensa
  • 2010
  • Member
  • The John M. Harlan Society
  • 1996
  • Member
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Stephen
Litigation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tyler and I have worked on numerous litigated matters together. He is a talented lawyer who I have and will continue to refer work."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tyler is a brilliant lawyer who is fearless in the courtroom. I have always enjoyed working with Tyler over the years and recently had the pleasure of watching him successfully secure a final judgment on a very difficult shareholder derivative suit."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tyler is a thorough and thoughtful attorney. He is always prepared and researches his clients cases and the law backwards and forwards. He serves as a great mentor and co-counsel."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rutherford is highly respected in the legal community as an intelligent, gifted and hard working attorney. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney to aggressively fight for them."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Not only have I worked with him on various matters and seen his commitment to his clients and their cases, but he represented me on a personal injury matter after a devastating motorcycle wreck in which the other driver was at fault, and I was able to experience firsthand the difference it can make to have a tough, experienced lawyer who is not afraid of a courtroom. We criminal defense lawyers always make fun of the "trial lawyers" bar, because many if not most of them have never tried a case; they settle everything. Tyler is a different kind of trial lawyer. I have personally watched him bounce the opposition up and down the courtroom. It's entertaining to watch, and gets great results."
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