Cecilia Rutherford

Senior Associate

Before joining Johnson Fistel, Ms. Rutherford practiced shareholder derivative litigation with the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC in Louisiana.  Prior to that, she was a juvenile public defender in New Orleans, Louisiana for two years.  Ms. Rutherford also practiced transactional law as a capital markets and structured finance associate with the law firms of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Alston & Bird LLP, in New York and North Carolina.

Areas of Practice:  Ms. Rutherford practices in complex civil litigation, including securities and consumer fraud class action litigation and shareholder derivative actions.  Ms. Rutherford has litigated cases in both state and federal courts and has experience with all aspects of trial practice, including motion practice, discovery, trial preparation, and appeals.

Professional Qualifications:  Ms. Rutherford was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013, and is currently admitted in good standing with the following courts:

  • All courts in the State of California
  • All courts in the State of New York
  • All courts in the State of North Carolina
  • All courts in the State of Louisiana
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Education:  Ms. Rutherford received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law in 2000, and served on the American Journal of Law & Medicine.  During law school, she studied for a term at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and completed courses focusing on European Union law and international intellectual property.  Prior to law school, she was a staff assistant for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Community and Volunteer Activities:  For the past few years, Ms. Rutherford has served as a CASA volunteer with Voices for Children, advocating for the best interests of three children in foster care.  She is also a mentor with the Crawford High School Law Academy program, and meets monthly with high school students from underprivileged backgrounds to encourage them to pursue higher education.  She also volunteers as a pro bono attorney with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and Casa Cornelia, handling cases involving guardianship, education rights, and special immigrant juvenile status.  Ms. Rutherford also teaches a weekly English class to refugees seeking asylum through Catholic Charities.