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Alan S. Rutkoff

Alan S. Rutkoff

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Alan S. Rutkoff, PC, serves as the Firm’s General Counsel. For many years prior to his appointment to this position, he advised and defended lawyers, accountants and other professionals in connection with liability matters. He also focused his practice on complex business, corporate and labor litigation. He has extensive experience before administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals.

Alan has worked extensively in litigation matters in the context of mergers and acquisitions, securities fraud, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), unfair competition, trusts and estates, real estate, partnerships and business dissolutions. He has practiced in appellate courts throughout the country. He presently serves as an adjunct professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches legal ethics. While in law school, he was a member of the Northwestern Law Review.


  • North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, Illinois, President (1999 to 2010) and Trustee



  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1976
  • University of Michigan, BA, with high distinction, 1973


  • Illinois

Courts / Agencies

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
  • Illinois Supreme Court

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