William A. Rutter

  • Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, California, Deaths, Litigators, Small Law Firms

    From Biglaw to Boutique: ‘There’s a Practice Guide for That’

    Tom Wallerstein’s firm, like most firms in California, has a series of Rutter guides on its shelves. And even though he runs a virtually paperless office, he still loves his printed Rutter guides. Wallerstein even has a joke about Rutter. Whenever a colleague questions his ability to solve a particular issue, he jokes, “I’m sure there’s a Rutter Guide for that.” The joke has a serious point, namely, that the basics of most practice areas can always be learned. And if it’s easy enough to learn a practice area, why shouldn’t a lawyer forming a small firm become a true generalist; handling everything from family law, wills and trusts, civil, criminal, and essentially whatever walks in the door?

    27 Comments / / Feb 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM