Mr. Rust focuses his practice on assisting clients with estate and trust matters including all aspects of estate planning and administration. He holds an L.L.M. in Taxation from Georgetown Law School with a Certificate in Estate Planning. Mr. Rust also practices in estate and trust litigation and in selected commercial litigation matters, including business disputes, real estate, construction, performance and surety bond, breach of contract, UCC, insurance coverage, trade secret and business torts.
Mr. Rust has a significant amount of successful first chair jury trial experience in Federal and State courts representing clients in a wide variety of cases. He also engages regularly in the practice of administrative law before various state and local agencies. Mr. Rust is a trained and certified mediator and performs private mediations as well as civil non-domestic mediations assigned by the Circuit Courts of Queen Anne’s County, Cecil County and Kent County. By appointment of the Attorney Grievance Commission in 2006, Mr. Rust has served for several years on the Peer Review Committee.
Mr. Rust received his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in 1989, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 where he was a recipient of the Stahl Memorial Merit Scholarship. While in private practice Mr. Rust attended Georgetown Law School and obtained an L.L.M. in Taxation with a Certificate in Estate Planning.
Mr. Rust is admitted to all State and Federal Courts in Maryland, and has been admitted to all Pennsylvania State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, all State and Federal Courts in West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has appeared pro hac vice on various occasions in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY (Manhattan), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kansas, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) and the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. From 1994 through 1999, Mr. Rust was in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A native of Georgetown, Delaware, Mr. Rust moved back to the Eastern Shore when he joined the firm in 2000. He became a principal of the firm the following year.