Jackson Walker proudly congratulates Jay K. Rutherford on being named one of the 400 most influential people in Fort Worth.
Launched in July 2018, “The 400” identifies the most influential individuals in Tarrant County across a range of sectors, including arts, business, education, economic development, government, professional services, nonprofits, and philanthropy, as determined by the editorial staff at Fort Worth Inc. With community being an essential part of Fort Worth’s way of life, the editorial staff also consider how involved these individuals are in local nonprofits and civic boards, and how each honoree is helping move the fast-growing city forward.
For more than 30 years, Jay has handled employer-employee issues and disputes for some of the nation’s largest corporations. In his advisory role, Jay counsels clients on all aspects of personnel and employment policies and practices and all matters affecting the employer-employee relationship and compliance with all state and federal employment laws and regulations. He is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, for which he served on the Advisory Council in 2019-2020 and as an examiner in 2014-2019.
In addition to his role as a partner at Jackson Walker, Jay has co-chaired the Firm’s Labor & Employment practice since 2014 and has previously served as a hiring partner for the Fort Worth office.
Jay has been recognized among The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters since 2003. Locally, Jay has been named among top attorneys lists in Fort Worth Magazine (since 2001) and 360 West (since 2018). He was also presented with the 2016 Chairman’s Award by the Texas Association of Business, for which he has served as General Counsel since 2015.
Outside of the Firm, Jay has been active in his community and has served on numerous boards of associations that serve youth needs like Texas Aspires (formerly known as the Texas Institute for Education Reform), First Texas Council of Campfire USA, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail and the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate.
He received his B.S. from Texas Tech University and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
To view Jay’s profile and the full list of honorees, view the July/August 2020 issue of the Fort Worth Inc. magazine.