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James A. Rutledge

Jim Rutledge is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Business Law group and former chair of the Federal Tax group. He focuses on solving problems of business owners and their businesses, with a broad business law and tax practice. He counsels private businesses and their owners, providing business advisory and strategic planning services for ongoing operations and a wide variety of transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, capital formation, growth strategies and tax planning. He is also experienced in partnership and limited liability company law and taxation, business succession and exit planning for C corporations, S corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships and their owners; estate and wealth preservation planning; litigation management and dispute resolution; executive compensation, pension, profit sharing and employee stock ownership plans.

He counsels private businesses in numerous industries including manufacturing,...

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Ohio Tech Angels

Presentations & Published Works

  • Lectured at numerous tax planning and business law programs including:
    • "Business Succession Planning," Capital Law School Graduate Tax Program
    • "Exit Strategies for Owners of Closely Held Businesses," Ohio Advanced Federal Tax Symposium
    • "Choice of Business Entity," Ohio Tax Planning Institute
    • "Family Limited Partnerships vs. Family Limited Liability Companies" Ohio Wealth Preservation Conference
    • "Use of ESOPs by the Closely Held Corporation," Columbus Tax Conference

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Chair, Columbus Bar Association Pension Advisory Committee (1989-present)
  • Chair, Columbus Bar Association Investment Advisory Committee (2012-present)
  • Former Chair, Columbus Bar Association Business Tax Committee and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee

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Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (corporate law) 2009-2015
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, 2010 Columbus Bar Association Award of Excellence


  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1977)
  • University of Dayton (B.A., summa cum laude, 1974)