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On-Demand Webinar: Diversity Jurisdiction and “L” Entities

Determining the citizenship of an unincorporated association is important but complex, and requires a rigorous understanding of the law. If done incorrectly, there can be traumatic results. This webinar video provides insights from case law decisions as to how to best protect you, your firm, or your business.

You will learn why getting diversity jurisdiction wrong leads to unpleasant discussions with your clients and your partners. Our presenters will also cover the differences when treating corporations and "L" (LLC, LP) entities, and when diversity is actually determined. Further, viewers will come away with an understanding of what the citizenship is when a non-U.S. resident partners with a U.S. resident.


  • Attorneys and paralegals in law firms who handle corporate business compliance, entity formation, and mergers and acquisitions
  • In-house counsel and paralegals responsible for corporate compliance

Meet our presenters:

Thomas E. Rutledge: Tom is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office and has been with CT Corporation since 1990. He is a member of the Business Services practice with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities & Corporate Governance. He is also a member of the Banking Litigation Practice, which concentrates on business organization law and disputes between business organization owners. Tom has served as an expert witness on matters including the operation of LLCs and fiduciary duties in corporations and LLCs.

In addition to numerous legal achievements, Tom has drafted several key legal acts and his articles have been cited in notable venues such as the U.S. Supreme Court. Tom is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar associations. In 2004, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He has authored numerous published articles and serves as the editor of the American Bar Association's LLC & Partnership Reporter (formerly known as the "PUBOGRAM"), which is the newsletter for the Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities. Tom has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and is a Fellow at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Garth B. Jacobson, Esq.: Garth B. Jacobson serves as a Senior Government Relations Attorney for CT Corporation. Prior to this position, he worked at Preston Gates and Ellis LLP. Previously, he held the position of Chief Legal Counsel to the Montana Secretary of State where he successfully litigated election law cases before the state trial and appellant courts and federal courts. During that tenure, he served on the state bar committees that drafted business entity legislation including profit and nonprofit corporate acts, revisions to the partnership laws and the limited liability company act. Additionally, he developed and administered alternative dispute resolution of business name infringements. He served on the Montana Ethics Advisory Commission.

He is a member of the ABA Science and Technology sections where he is slated to become the section Budget Officer and serves as co-chair of the E-filing committee. He is also a member of the ABA Business Law Section where he serves as the co-chair of the ULC Committee and LLC Committee subcommittee chair. He co-authored an article, "Electronic Service of Process" published in the spring 2008 SciTech Lawyer. He is a member the bar in Washington and Montana.

Garth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy, a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Additionally, he holds an LLM in Taxation from the University of Washington. The Counsel of State Governments named him a Toll Fellow. This prestigious national award recognizes outstanding leadership and service in state government.


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