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Kerri L. Ruttenberg


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  • The George Washington University (J.D. magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Richard C. Lewis, Jr. Memorial Award for outstanding work in the Community Legal Clinics; Staff Member, The Environmental Lawyer; Moot Court Finalist and Best Oralist); American University (B.A. magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and Northern Districts of Ohio and Texas

Kerri Ruttenberg is a first-chair trial lawyer focusing on white collar criminal defense, civil fraud actions, and the False Claims Act. With nearly 20 years of trial experience, she has represented clients in federal and state cases across the country. Kerri successfully first-chaired two FCA jury trials involving multiple issues of first impression, winning significant victories at trial and in post-trial litigation. Recently, she successfully defended clients against the FTC in two separate antitrust merger challenges as part of the in-court trial team. She serves as the head of litigation for the Firm's Washington Office.

Before joining Jones Day, Kerri represented a former AOL executive charged with accounting fraud and other crimes by the DOJ and the SEC. She co-chaired a four-month criminal trial in the Eastern District of Virginia, and the jury acquitted on all charges. One year later, after a seven-week trial in the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia, the civil jury issued the same positive result.

Kerri has successfully first-chaired trials of clients accused of a range of criminal offenses. Following a two-week jury trial in New York, she won a full acquittal of all 12 alleged violent offenses. In another matter, a D.C. jury acquitted her client of all 14 charges, including first-degree murder, felony murder, and armed robbery, also following a two-week trial.

Kerri is the author of the highly regarded book Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals. She frequently conducts CLE programs on effective design and use of visuals for trials and other professional presentations.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Selected to Washington DC Super Lawyers (2013-2019)

    Recognized for criminal defense in Best Lawyers in America (2019)

    "Appellate Hot List," National Law Journal

    Recipient, Maryland Pro Bono Service Award for criminal domestic violence case in the Maryland Court of Appeals

    Former co-chair of the Board of Directors of Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE)
Kerri Ruttenberg