Paul A. Rutherford


Paul Rutherford is an Attorney at Brighter Day Law and has been in the private practice of law in Nashville and the surrounding counties for 32 years. The Rutherford family has a long history in the Nashville legal community, dating back to the 1800s. 

As a veteran trial and appellate attorney, he’s spent his career serving clients in family law, adoption, probate, General Sessions, and personal injury matters. Paul has taken a specific interest in cases involving early adoption as he’s witnessed how achieving permanency can dramatically altered the lives of the children. Paul has always been passionate about child welfare, the right to life, and the prevention of human trafficking. 

After graduating from college, Paul began working as a social worker with his wife, and fellow veteran attorney, Wende Rutherford for an adolescent psychiatric hospital and the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Paul’s background in counseling and psychology has aided in his desire to resolve cases efficiently and civility.  Paul was elected to the Student Honor Council while a senior in law school and earned his Juris Doctor at the Nashville School of Law in 1990. 

Paul joined the team at Brighter Day Law with the opening of the Nashville office in April 2022 because of his admiration for the firm’s systems and values. He enjoys the supportive and professional office environment and the high-quality legal representation the firm provides for its clients. 

In his spare time, Paul volunteers with Corner-to-Corner Ministry, FreshStart Resources, Best Buddies, Decisions, Choices and Options, and Midtown Fellowship Church. Paul also enjoys playing golf, traveling, cooking, and supporting his favorite team, the Tennessee Titans. 

Fun fact: Paul once beat a World Champion pool player at 8-ball, and he had the opportunity to play Minnesota Fats, but was soundly beaten. His youngest son has just started law school to carry on the family legal tradition.

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