Rheba Rutkowski


(505) 884-0777

Rheba Rutkowski

Of Counsel

Practice Areas:

Complex Civil Litigation
General Liability


Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Wellesley College, A.B.


New Mexico
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits
United States District Court, Districts of New Mexico and Massachusetts


Law clerk to the Honorable Harris L Hartz,
United States Court of Appeals for the
Tenth Circuit, and the Honorable Hugh H.
Bownes, United States Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit. Substantial
experience in federal and state courts
at the trial and appellate levels in a
wide range of litigation matters, including
commercial, civil rights, employment,
bankruptcy, and personal injury cases,
many of which involved complex questions
of constitutional law, statutory
construction, and jurisdiction.
Appellate experience in federal criminal
matters as an Appellate Assistant Federal
Public Defender (Massachusetts, Rhode Island,
and New Hampshire). Work in the federal
courts includes successful petitions for
certiorari, successful briefs in opposition
to certiorari, merits briefs, and amicus
briefs in the United States Supreme Court.
Significant matters include obtaining a new
trial in United States v. Sasso, 695 F.3d 25
(1st Cir. 2012); successful representation
of a law-firm defendant in Gray v. Evercore
Restructuring L.L.C., 544 F.3d 320
(1st Cir. 2008), and In re High Voltage
Engineering Corp., 544 F.3d 315 (1st Cir. 2008);
and successful representation of an
insurance-company defendant in River East
L.L.C. v. The Variable Annuity Life Insurance
Co., 498 F.3d 718 (7th Cir. 2007), a closely
watched case concerning voluntary prepayment
clauses. Represented many clients on a pro
bono basis in proceedings before state and
federal trial and appellate courts and the
United States Supreme Court, including
Uighurs imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.