As chief executive officer and founding partner of Essex Capital, Mitchell B. Rutter brings over 30 years of experience to the New York-based real estate investment and development company. At Essex Capital, Rutter has overseen a portfolio totaling over 5 million square feet of property in asset categories including office, retail, and residential buildings. Rutter has personally been involved in acquisition and development transactions totaling over $1 billion, and he has the proven ability to take on challenging, underperforming assets and reposition them to increase immediate returns as well as long-term property value.

Rutter began his career as a real estate attorney at the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He is able to utilize this background, along with a unique entrepreneurial approach, to aggressively pursue opportunistic investments and guide them through each phase of the complicated development cycle. Rutter has been active throughout the Northeast United States, completing a number of high-profile projects that include ground-up construction, asset repositioning and large scale urban planning and revitalization initiatives.

A graduate of New York University and New York University School of Law, Rutter, a native New Yorker, formed Essex Capital in 1991. He is a member of the following boards: Atlantic Bank, the New York City Business Relocation Assistance Corporation, the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association, and a former board member of the Times Square Business Improvement District.

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