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Alanna C. Rutherford

New York

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Areas of Practice




Class Actions

Privacy, Cybersecurity & Technology

Securities Litigation


Columbia Law School, J.D., 2000; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Robert Fisk Fellow; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review

Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., International Relations, 1997; Dean's List

Language Spoken



Hon. Charles Wilson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2000-2001


New York and District of Columbia

United States Courts of Appeals: Second, Eleventh and Federal Circuits

United States Supreme Court

Alanna Rutherford is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and has been with the firm since 2001. Her primary practice areas are antitrust and other complex civil litigation. She has taken a leading role in several successful litigations arising from the financial crisis of 2008, developing particular expertise in litigation involving derivatives contracts.

Recently, Ms. Rutherford has played lead roles in the constitutional takings case against the United States brought by AIG shareholders in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Starr v. United States; representing Oracle in its jury trial against Google for patent and copyright infringement; and DuPont in various contract and environmental law claims against Monsanto.

Ms. Rutherford played a key role in preparing the defense of Starr International Co. against a $4.3 billion claim brought by insurer AIG. She was “second seat” to BSF Chairman David Boies at the trial, in which the BSF team obtained a jury verdict in favor of Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s charitable organization.

In 2004, Ms. Rutherford was part of the trial team that obtained a jury verdict in federal district court on behalf of Lloyds of London in SR Int'l Business Ins. Co. v. World Trade Center Properties LLC. The trial, over insurance for the World Trade Center, helped determine whether developer Silverstein Properties was entitled to one payout or two as a result of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

She also participated in BSF’s representation of Goldman Sachs in In the Matter of New York Stock Exchange Archipelago Merger Litigation, a case over the merger of the two exchanges. Goldman had served as facilitator for the merger, and the case ultimately settled following the testimony of Goldman's key witness.

Ms. Rutherford also took part in crafting the legal strategy in American Express v. Visa and MasterCard, an antitrust case against the two dominant credit card organizations and several of the banks that issue their cards.  The case resulted in one of the largest case settlements in history, with $4 billion to be collected by American Express over time.

Ms. Rutherford continues to work for several of the firm's major clients, including American Express, Barclays Capital, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Goldman Sachs, and the New York Jets.

She has taught civil procedure at University of Connecticut School of Law and given lectures at Columbia Law School.

She is a frequent speaker at events organized by the American Bar Association’s antitrust committee and by the New York Bar Association. Among other speaking engagements, she has addressed European lawyers on the U.S. class action system.

Prior to arriving at the firm, Ms. Rutherford clerked for Judge Charles Wilson on the Eleventh Circuit.

Ms. Rutherford attended Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. She also attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the Institute of Political Studies ("Sciences Po") in Paris, France.

Ms. Rutherford is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.  She has lived in France, Jamaica, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United States and Zambia.

Ms. Rutherford is certified in CIPP/US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

American Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

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Fifty-three Attorneys Recognized as New York Metro Super Lawyers (October 10, 2016)

Alanna Rutherford, Josh Schiller, and Matthew Schwartz Named Rising Stars (March 31, 2016)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorneys Recognized as New York-Metro Super Lawyers (October 2015)

Three Boies, Schiller & Flexner lawyers win Europe "Women in Business Law" awards (June 19, 2015)

Alanna Rutherford Named a “2015 Rising Star” by New York Law Journal (May 11, 2015)

Karen Dunn and Alanna Rutherford Named Outstanding Women Lawyers (April 17, 2015)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorneys Recognized as New York Metro Super Lawyers (October 19, 2014)

BSF Wins Historic Verdict in Antitrust Case against Chinese Vitamin C Cartel (03.14.2013)

The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)

Unprecedented Settlement Reached in Antitrust Class Action against Chinese Producers of Vitamin C (06.27.2012)

BSF Places as a Finalist for American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year Award (April 8, 2012)

National Law Journal Recognizes BSF's Successful Plaintiff Work on Behalf of Oracle and Others (October 3, 2011)

Court Dismisses Billion Dollar Securities Fraud Action Against BSF Client Goldman Sachs (07.21.2011)

BSF to Spearhead Defense of American Express in DOJ Suit (Firm Newsletter Spring 2011)

Alanna Rutherford Receives “Women on Top” Award from Marie Claire (October 2010)

BSF Wins $4.3 Billion Lawsuit Against AIG for Client Starr International Company (Winter 2010)

BSF Wins $4.3 Billion Court Battle & Settles All Remaining Legal Disputes for Client Starr International (In The News)

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