Clients know that veteran transactions lawyer Dean Rutley understands them, their businesses, and their industries. As a result, he twice has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star, one of only a handful of US attorneys to be so recognized on more than one occasion.

Dean is a veteran transactions lawyer who has overseen deals in the US, UK, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond for companies in aerospace and defense, information technology, government services, cybersecurity, telecommunications, biotechnology, e-commerce, banking and finance, among other sectors. He has significant experience in the rapidly emerging global field of Financial Technology (“FinTech”) and is a co-leader of the firm’s FinTech sector.

Dean’s transactions work includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, compliance with federal and state securities laws, board of directors duties, negotiated resolution of business disputes, licensing and joint venture agreements. He also counsels venture capital firms in the areas of organization, financing, equity distribution, venture capital investments and other operational matters.

Dean currently serves as General Counsel to the Association for Corporate Growth, National Capital Chapter, and as a Member of the Board of Advisors for the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program.


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    • Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY), one of the world's largest payment processors, in more than 35 M&A transactions, including the $375 million acquisition of TouchNet Information Systems, Inc.
    • 1eEurope, Ltd. in the $500 million acquisition of nine foreign companies throughout Europe, including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France and Belgium.
    • eLink Communications, Inc., a telecommunications company, in its merger with Eureka Broadband Corporation.
    • Vision Systems Technology, Inc., provider of intelligence services to the NSA and other government intelligence agencies, in its acquisition by SAS Institute, Inc.
    • Rsignia, Inc., a leading provider of advanced cyber security solutions, in its acquisition by KEYW Corporation (NASDAQ: KEYW).
    • Celestech, Inc., a provider of advanced signal processing and communications systems, in its acquisition by Excelis, Inc. (NYSE: XLS).
    • Penn Diagnostics in the sale of its ONCAD related intellectual property to Invivo Corporation (subsidiary of Philips Healthcare).


    Contact information

    +1 703.394.2256
    +1 703.918.2267

    Bar admissions

    1986, Virginia

    1994, District of Columbia


    • J.D., 1986, George Washington University National Law Center
    • B.A., 1983, George Washington University
      • Member, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor