James E. Butler, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
 | 2719 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 404-321-1700
Fax: 404-321-1713
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney James E. Butler, Jr., is a founding partner with Butler Wooten & Peak LLP law firm, which has law offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus, Georgia. Widely regarded as among the top trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Butler has more than 43 years of total legal experience, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    · Personal injury

    · Business torts

    · Class actions

    · Product liability

    · Auto defects

    · Whistleblower and qui tam claims

    Over the course of his long and illustrious legal career, Mr. Butler has handled a wide range of cases in 30 states throughout the nation, and he has secured many verdicts of more than $100 million. He has earned recognition as having secured some of the largest verdicts ever awarded in Georgia history, and he has obtained awards of $279 million and more than $349 million for class actions as well as cases that fall under the False Claims Act. 

    In recognition for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Butler is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell and has many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received the American Board of Trial Advocates Civil Justice Award in 1993 as well as the State Bar of Georgia Tradition of Excellence Award in 2002. 

    A leader in his legal community, Mr. Butler has served as president and vice president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and he has served as chairman of the organization's Environmental Protection Committee. He also served on the board of directors of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division from 1998 to 2005. He is a former president of the Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, where he has served as member of the Amicus Curiae Committee as well as chairman of the Special Jones Committee.

    Mr. Butler is a former member of the State Bar of Georgia's Disciplinary Board Review Panel, and he is a member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, among his other professional affiliations. A 1972 graduate of the University of Georgia, he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Woodruff Merit Scholar Law Review and the Georgia Law Review.

    He won several moot court competitions as a law student, earning Best Oralist in the Southern Moot Court Competition and upon graduation from law school, he was selected for The Order of the Barristers.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 20%General Litigation
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Litigation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Class Actions, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About James Butler, Jr.

    Admitted: 1977, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.butlerwootenpeak.com/attorneys/james-e-butler-jr...


    • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004 – 2015
    • Recipient, American Board of Trial Advocates Civil Justice Award, 1993
    • Winner, Russell First Year Moot Court Competition
    • The Order of Barristers
    • Recipient, State Bar of Georgia Tradition of Excellence Award, 2002
    • Winner, Talmadge Second Year Moot Court Competition
    • Woodruff Merit Scholar
    • Best Oralist, Southern Moot Court Competition
    • Member, National Moot Court Team

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chairman, Georgia Board of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Committee, 2000
    • Member, Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1981 - 1983
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia, Disciplinary Board Review Panel, 1993 - 1996
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Member, Board of Directors, State of Georgia, Department of Natural Resources/Environmental Protection Division, 1998 - 2005
    • Vice President, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1983 - 1986
    • President, Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, 1986
    • The American Association for Justice
    • Alabama, 1977
    • President, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 - 1989
    • Chairman, Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, Special Jones Committee, 1982 - 1983
    • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
    • Georgia, 1977

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Jones v. State Farm: Effectuating Legislative Intention, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1981
    • Jones v. State Farm, The Insured's Perspective, Georgia State Bar Journal, August, 1982
    • Hospital Liability for Physician Negligence in Georgia: A Realistic Approach, 37 Mercer L. Rev. 701, 1986
    • What's A Human Life Really Worth: Recovering Damages For Decedents' Non-Economic Loss In Georgia Wrongful Death Actions (Co-Author), 7 Ga. St. L. Rev. 439, 1991
    • The Bench As A Battleground: The Discovery System is Broke and Only Judges Can Fix It, The Verdict, May/June, 1992
    • The Boundaries of Zealous Advocacy: Properly Representing Consumers Against Corporations and Their Tactics, 31 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 977, 1996


    • $150,000,000 Verdict--Walden v. Chrysler Group, LLC and Bryan L. Harrell, 2015

    Representative Clients:

    • AFLAC.  Synovus Financial Corp.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Georgia, A.B. Journalism, 1972
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    Office Location for James E. Butler, Jr.

    2719 Buford Highway NE
    Atlanta, GA 30324

    Phone: 404-321-1700

    Fax: 404-321-1713

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    Last Updated: 3/15/2021

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