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Head of Firm
Dutchess County Bar Association (Past Judiciary Committee Member, 2004-05, Continuing Legal Education Speaker);
Sullivan County Bar Association;
Ulster County Bar Association;
New York State Bar Association;
Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association;
American Association for Justice (Brain Injury and Nursing Home Litigation Groups);
New York State Trial Lawyers Association;
Super Lawyers (2008-present)
New York, 1979; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of NY, 1979; Northern District of New York, 1996; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2001; Supreme Court of the United States, 2008
University of Massachusetts/Amherst, B.A. cum laude, 1975; Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1978
Past: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (Board of Directors and President); United Way (Volunteer, fund raising); Temple Beth EI (Board of Directors); Catharine Street Community Center (Board of Directors, Chair of Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Recipient of Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service); Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (Special fundraising), Hudson Valley Hospice; Hudson Valley Community Center/JCC; Frequent speaker on legal topics to students and community groups;
Present: Center of Prevention of Child Abuse; Juvenile Diabetes Association, Corporate Honoree 2015; Rhinebeck Jewish Center; Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department and multiple Police and Fire Fighting Benevolent associations; Frequent speaker on legal topics.
When people meet Marty Rutberg, they sense that this is a serious man doing serious work. Other lawyers try to impress people by talking about the size of their verdicts and settlements; Marty’s record speaks for itself. He focuses his firm on the size of the difference they make in people’s lives – Marty sees personal injury law as the ultimate “helping profession.” He chose to be a personal injury lawyer because it meant that he could help make the world a better place, one case and one client at a time. To some those may just be words, but to Marty Rutberg, it’s a personal mantra and the cultural foundation he has firmly established in the Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law firm.
Marty has been practicing law for more than 40 years, starting outside personal injury law. After winning a large personal injury verdict for a client with permanent brain injuries, Marty realized that his calling was in helping injured people and their families – and that early passion still remains today. Marty has an impressive portfolio of verdicts and settlements, each with its own interesting and compelling human perspective. He also has impeccable professional credentials, including service as President of the Dutchess County Bar Association, receipt of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service, and memberships in the American Board of Trial Advocates and American Association for Justice. What really gives Marty a unique presence and effectiveness is the way his personal and professional lives merge to create a unique legal personality.
Starting in college, Marty developed an affinity for the outdoors. He is a lifelong mountain hiker and canoe traveler who regularly journeys solo. He believes that his time “outside and alone” gives him an edge in presenting his cases. As Marty describes it, “There is some kind of synergy between the skills and experience of wilderness travel and my professional style, especially in the courtroom.” Both require you to constantly see the big picture yet quickly identify important details. Marty’s refined perception, analysis, and judgment are his guides in the complex world of personal injury law. It makes him a formidable opponent and a valued advocate in and out of the courtroom.
To a great degree Marty is the product of his modest upbringing in a blue-collar environment. He has never forgotten his roots and the need to protect the rights of people from all walks of life, especially those who have been hurt by someone else’s negligence. He is the champion of everyday people with serious injuries and takes pride in leading one of the few firms that represent only injured people and their families. Marty combines tenacity and compassion in a style that achieves great results for his clients – it’s all about getting what his clients and their families need.