Lathrop & Rutledge, P.C.
Lathrop & Rutledge, P.C.

J. Kent Rutledge

J. Kent Rutledge

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Kent Rutledge has been with the Firm since 1974.  He has extensive experience in a broad range of litigation, but concentrates his practice in the areas of professional liability defense, commercial litigation, insurance and bad faith litigation, products liability defense, and other civil litigation.  He practices in all of the Federal and State Courts in Wyoming and is admitted to practice in the Federal Court in the District of Colorado and in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kent was raised on the family's ranch in southeastern Wyoming.  He was active in sports and in 4-H and FFA during his youth.  He attributes much of his success as a lawyer to the values he learned on the ranch and from these activities.  Kent received his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Wyoming.  After joining the Firm, he became active as a volunteer with the prestigious Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration, eventually serving as the chairman for the rodeo and as the general chairman for this famous event.  He has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Foundation Board, as well as serving the NIRA as its general legal counsel.  He has also been active in his professional organizations, having served as state chairman for the Defense Research Institute and American College of Trial Lawyers.  Kent and his wife, Corinne, have three daughters (one who is an MBA, one who is a lawyer, and one who is a doctor).

Year Joined Firm

  • 1974

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wyoming, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Wyoming
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1975


  • University of Wyoming, College of Law, Laramie, Wyoming
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of Wyoming
    • B.S. - 1969

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1997 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Laramie County Bar Association, Member
  • Wyoming State Bar, Member
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Past State Chairman

Lathrop & Rutledge, P.C.
Attorneys at Law
1920 Thomes Avenue, Suite 500
P.O. Box 4068
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003-4068
Telephone: 307-632-0554
Fax: 307-635-4502