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Keith Howard Rutman

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

3.7   3 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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About Keith

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I am a civil and criminal trial lawyer with 24 years of criminal and civil litigation experience in state and federal courts. I represent people accused of crimes and people who have been mistreated by the police.  For more information, please visit my website at


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Keith Howard Rutman


3.7 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Keith
Thank you, Keith I believe that every once in a while, come across someone that helps restore your faith in human beings. You, my friend, one of those. I thank you for that. Keith is experienced,smart,thoughtful and offers great guidance.
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2013
An excellent attorney that gets results
Keith fights the good fight. If you are innocent and want to prove it, then look no further. Whether it is injustice at the hands of a peace officer, a misdemeanor or criminal charges, Keith delivers. He did so for me and got my case dismissed from court without a glitch. Now the plaintiffs have become the defendants and we are fighting the good fight together against injustice. Keith is trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable and meticulous. I highly recommend him as an attorney.
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Posted by Thomas | November 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Misleading , worsened my case
He answers your case questions once when you hire him. But then wouldn't notify / answers your calls and emails about progress on the case. Provided me with misleading info just to get rid off me till the hearing. And then when the hearing date come up , he told me completely different scenarios of outcome for which I sure was not prepared for based on what I heard from him previously. I wouldn't even hire him if he told me that before. What a waste.
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Response from Keith Rutman November 27, 2022
I’m sorry you feel this way. This case and situation are not familiar to me. Please provide me your full name so I can locate and review the file and further respond. Thank you


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Law Office of Keith H. Rutman
  • 1994 - Present


  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Brandeis Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • Stuyvesant HS
  • 1982


  • William B. Enright Inns of Court
  • Master
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1989 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2015
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014


  • san diego lawyer magazine
  • san diego lawyer magazine
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (6)
Endorse Keith
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer.He is honest, smart, diligent and always has his client's interests in mind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked opposing Keith in a federal civil rights claim brought in federal court. Keith was creative and determined to advocate his clients interests and was a pleasure to work with. A true professional in every regard. Enthusiastically recommended and endorsed!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rutman is a talented lawyer who I have had the pleasure of observing in court for years. He zealously works to advocate for his clients and is a talented criminal defense attorney."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Rutman is a outstanding attorney. I opposed him in a Civil Rights case when I was employed by the San Diego City Attorneys Office. I found him to be smart, hard working, and passionate about his case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keith is an incredibly talented and dedicated lawyer. He is equally adept in State and Federal Courtl. I Highly recomend Keith Rutman. Sincerely, Dan Smtih"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to both work on cases and consult with Keith Rutman over the years. He is an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Keith and I have handled very complicated trials together including multiple bank robberies and murder cases. I highly endorse Keith for your panel. He is always a well prepared, caring, and aggressive criminal defense attorney."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Keith Howard Rutman
Keith Howard Rutman
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation