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For over forty years, Ken Rutherford has focused his practice on business transactions and business disputes, including trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.  He has a particular interest in franchising, representing both franchisors and franchisees.  Ken has also developed an estate planning practice.  Ken’s approach to client matters is simple, but effective.  Ken says, “Experience has taught me first to learn my clients’ goals and expectations. We then work diligently together to refine those goals to attain realistic results as efficiently as possible.  Clients deserve nothing less.”

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Franchise Forum, Litigation Section
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • National Association of Securities Dealers, Arbitrator
  • The Mississippi Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2012 – Present
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register for Preeminent Lawyers: Commercial Litigation,  Franchise Law, Personal Injury
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated
  • Mississippi Law Journal, Research Editor, Editor-In-Chief 1970-1971
  • Numerous presentations at seminars sponsored by American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar, Association, American Franchisee Association and others

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Notable Cases

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Reported Cases

  • Shivangi v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 825 F.2d 885 (5th Cir. Miss. 1987)
  • Southern Natural Gas Co. v. Pursue Energy, 781 F.2d 1079 (5th Cir. Miss. 1986)
  • United States v. Lawrence County School Dist., 799 F.2d 1031 (5th Cir. Miss. 1986)
  • Carter Equipment Co. v. John Deere Industrial Equipment Co., 681 F.2d 386 (5th Cir. Miss. 1982)
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