Zachary D. Rutman defends clients in general liability and employment matters. He has defended business owners and individuals in complex tort cases throughout California and elsewhere.  He has experience litigating for excess insurers, representing its insureds in high-exposure, wrongful death and negligence lawsuits arising from accidents involving motor vehicles, commercial trucks, residential-care facilities and construction sites.

In addition, Zachary has represented management in employment-related disputes involving discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims in state and federal court.  To minimize litigation risk, Zachary also works with business owners to scrutinize corporate policies and procedures to ensure compliance.


Negligence Litigation

  • Represented recycling company that was sued after its driver grazed a traffic signal that was negligently designed and installed.
  • Represented assisted living facility for the elderly after its resident eloped through a second story window. Resident died in the hospital days later.  At trial, plaintiffs were awarded a fraction of their request to the jury. 

Insurance Subrogation Litigation

  • Represented Fortune 500 insurance company in $15 million subrogation action to enforce its insured’s express indemnity right.
  • Represented insurance company in subrogation action following massive fire that consumed several structures in Carson, California.

Premises Liability

  • Represented electrical contractor that was sued after a pedestrian misstepped outside of its construction zone at a private university in Los Angeles.

Business Litigation

  • Represented a wholesale medical distribution company in breach of contract action.

Professional Affiliations

  • San Diego Defense Lawyers Association
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • San Diego Food Bank
  • USC Alumni Association
  • Syracuse University College of Law Alumni Association

Past Employment

Before joining Taylor | Anderson, Zachary was an attorney at Berger Kahn, where he handled insurance defense, medical malpractice and employment matters. He also worked at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego as a staff attorney.

Practice Areas
  • General Liability Defense
  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Syracuse University, College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D., cum laude - 2010
    • Honor: Dean’s List
    • Law Review: Senior Articles Editor, Law Journal
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 2006
Bar Admission
  • California
  • Washington
Court Admission
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
Honors and Awards
  • Southern California Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star”, 2015
  • California State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Award, 2011
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