Appellate Litigation
  • Biography

    Kent Rutter is an accomplished appellate advocate with more than 20 years of experience. As a civil appellate specialist who is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Kent serves as President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS), an organization of board-certified attorneys. He recently completed his term as the elected chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, an organization of more than 2,000 attorneys. Kent is also a former chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association. He was recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, in Texas for Litigation: Appellate, 2018-2020. Kent was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2020; recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Appellate Practice, 2019-2020; and was recognized in 2020 as one of the top 100 lawyers in Houston by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters.

    Kent often advises Haynes and Boone’s clients regarding the chances of reversal in a potential appeal. His analysis draws on his experience in the appellate courts and from co-authoring an award-winning empirical study of the factors that most frequently result in reversal in the Texas appellate courts. Kent is often asked to lecture on the topic of evaluating appeals, as well as other areas of appellate practice, and has given presentations to hundreds of trial lawyers, appellate lawyers, and in-house counsel.

    Kent is also active in the community at large. As a long-time member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Greater Houston, Kent has mentored young professionals with an interest in bettering their communities and supported a wide array of organizations that serve families in need.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1996, cum laude; Contributing Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
    • B.A., Duke University, 1993
      • Judge David Hittner, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2000
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas