James G. Butler, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Oakland, CA

Butler Viadro, LLP
 | 414 13th Street, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-287-2400
Fax: 510-287-2401
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • Italian,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Butler Viadro, LLP, James G. Butler, Jr., is dedicated to serving clients in San Francisco and Oakland, California. He also represents people throughout the Bay Area as well as in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. Mr. Butler focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury, generally handling cases that involve the following: auto accidents, dangerous or defective products, elevator accidents, industrial accidents, maritime accidents, professional negligence matters and refinery accidents. He also accepts workers' compensation and longshore and harborworkers litigation cases. He predominantly represents union members. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982, Mr. Butler went on to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law. From there, he earned a Juris Doctor in 1987.

For 31 years, Mr. Butler has committed himself to advocating for his clients and their rights. Having been seriously injured, himself, in a hit-and-run accident as a teen where the driver was never caught, he has a personal understanding of the devastating impact that injuries resulting from the negligence and intentional actions of others can have on victims. For that reason, Mr. Butler strives to reach favorable resolutions and obtain adequate compensation awards for his clients. He works closely with his clients and listens to their needs, to better serve them with the informed guidance they deserve. In recognition of his success, Mr. Butler has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell continuously since 1987. He is also a certified workers' compensation specialist through The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Outside the courtroom, Mr. Butler is an active member of the legal community. He is a past president of both the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the California Applicants Attorneys Association (a group of leading laywers representing workers in California). 

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Litigation (20%)

Personal Injury - Products (40%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Workers' Compensation (20%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents

Transportation/Maritime (10%): Admiralty & Maritime Law

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Admiralty & Maritime Law


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About James Butler, Jr.

Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.butlerviadro.com/Attorneys/James-G-Butler.shtml


  • For tireless efforts and dynamic leadership on behalf of injured workers in California., Frances Schreiberg Pro Bono Award, Worksafe, 2017
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • President San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association 2007 President of California Applicants Attorneys Association 2014
  • Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2018
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility (Law School)
  • Awards for best brief and best oral argument for the law school's Moot Court Competition

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Workers Compensation, State of California, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1996
  • California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Board of Governors, California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Chair, Third Party Issues Committee, California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Past Chair, Third Party Work Place Injury Practice Group for the SFTLA
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) since 1997
  • American Association for Justice
  • Secretary, Executive Board of the California Applicants Attorneys Association, 2010 - 2011
  • President, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 - 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Legal Aid Society of Alameda County. Represented the indigent population of Alameda County in cases for welfare benefits such as medical hearings, medicare hearings, AFDC hearings, SSI hearings and social security hearings. While at Legal Aid, and employed as a paralegal, he won 100% of the social security cases assigned to him over a 5 year period. , 1984
  • SFTLA's Health Insurance Committee
  • SFTLA's Community Involvement Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, Injured Worker Survival Guide (published annually in 1987 through 1995)
  • Annual SFTLA Lien Seminar, SFTLA, 1984 - 2010
  • Varioust Seminar Topics, CAAA, 1987 - 2011
  • Lectures frequently before Labor Unions and Statewide Lawyer Organizations

Representative Clients:

  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers'
  • The Boilermakers' Union
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors

Educational Background:

  • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, B.A., 1982

Industry Groups

  • California Applicant's Attorneys Association; Legislative Chair/Past President
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Office Location for James G. Butler, Jr.

414 13th Street
7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-287-2400

Fax: 510-287-2401

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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