Jeb Butler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Butler Tobin LLC
 | 10 Lenox Pointe, Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 404-587-8423
Fax: 404-581-5877
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jeb Butler practices at Butler Tobin LLC, where he handles serious personal injury cases.  He has takes cases to trial and to verdict, including a $150 million wrongful death verdict against a multinational corporation. Before settling into plaintiffs' practice, Jeb successfully tried cases as a prosecutor and as a public defender, clerked for a federal district judge, and worked with a civil defense firm. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he published in the Law Review, competed in the National Moot Court competition, finished in the top 10 percent of his class, and won a scholarship. Now, Jeb handles personal injury cases through trial and has been recognized as an outstanding advocate by organizations such as Super Lawyers, Georgia Trend, and National Trial Lawyers.  He regularly speaks at seminars and writes for legal publications.  Jeb has earned millions for his clients through trial and settlement.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Personal Injury - Products (20%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019

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About Jeb Butler

Admitted: 2008, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.butlertobin.com/about-the-firm/jeb-butler/

Honors/Awards:

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • On the Rise / 40 Under 40, Daily Report
  • Clients' Choice Award, Avvo
  • Young Litigator of the Year, Young Lawyers Division
  • Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • Top 100, National Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board Member and Acting Communications Director, Center for Auto Safety, 2017
  • Executive Committee Member, AAJ Product Liability Section, 2017
  • Board Member, GTLA NLD, 2017
  • Board Member, Civil Justice PAC, 2017
  • Executive Committee Member, AAJ Product Liability Section, 2016
  • Board Member, Civil Justice PAC, 2016
  • Board Member and Acting Communications Director, Center for Auto Safety, 2016
  • Chairman, AIEG YLC, 2016
  • Chairman, AIEG YLC, 2015
  • Board Member, Center for Auto Safety, 2015
  • Trucking Subcommittee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2015
  • L.E.A.D. Executive Committee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2015
  • Trucking Subcommittee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2014
  • Insurance Subcommittee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2014
  • Co-Chair of New Lawyers' Track, Annual Seminar (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2014
  • L.E.A.D. Executive Committee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2014
  • Lumpkin Inn of Court (Barrister), 2014
  • Trucking Subcommittee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2013
  • Insurance Subcommittee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2013
  • Lumpkin Inn of Court (Barrister), 2013
  • Co-Chair of New Lawyers' Track, Annual Seminar (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2013
  • Leadership Academy Graduate (Georgia Bar Association), 2013
  • L.E.A.D. Executive Committee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2013
  • Insurance Subcommittee  (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2012
  • Trucking Subcommittee (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), 2012
  • Trial Attorney, Clayton County District Attorney's Office, 2010
  • Law Clerk, District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, 2008
  • Summer Associate, Troutman Sanders, 2007
  • Summer Associate, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, 2007
  • Board Member, American Association for Justice Product Liability Section
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 2008 - present
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - present
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2011 - present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Created and managed social media profiles for Center for Auto Safety
  • Tried cases and argued motions during six months as volunteer prosecutor, obtaining multiple convictions
  • Traveled to homes where former victims of human trafficking were recuperating and presented cases as a means of demonstrating what a career in law is like
  • Helped client obtain property damage settlement from obstreperous insurer
  • Helped tenant in dangerous apartment complex move out before end of lease term in conjunction with Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers' Foundation
  • Assessed manner in which a charitable food distributor could redistribute unused prepackaged food under federal law
  • Assisted impoverished tenants in negotiating difficulties with landlords

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Stuff that Matters," focusing on the importance of professional integrity and calling out lawyers who try to cheat the civil justice system, Speaker, GTLA NLD, 2018
  • Trial Tactics and Taylor v. Howse., Speaker, Montlick & Associates CLE, 2018
  • Recent trial wins., Speaker, FRG Breakfast Seminar, 2018
  • Personal Injury Cases, Atlanta Bar Association, 2017
  • Spoke about taking depositions for use at trial., ICLE, 2017
  • Spoke about cross-examining Rule 30(b)(6) witnesses., Speaker, AIEG, 2017
  • Author, Haeger v Goodyear: Just Place the Cookie Back in the Jar, Law360, 2017
  • Speaker, Voir Dire Strategy & Tactics, Strafford Publications, 2017
  • Speaker, Depositions for Use at Trial, ICLE, 2017
  • Speaker, Depositions, Trial & Error Seminar, 2017
  • Speaker, Expert Witness Webinar, American Association For Justice, 2017
  • Speaker, Closing Argument, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2016
  • Speaker, Personal Injury Trials, ICLE, 2016
  • Author, Trial Preparation: The Grind is Worth It, Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • Speaker, Insurance in Trucking Cases, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Speaker, Wrongful Death and Section 1983 Cases, Georgia Bar Association, 2016
  • Host, Experts Webinar, GTLA, 2016
  • Speaker, Using Experts at Trial, AIEG, 2016
  • Speaker, Advanced Deposition Strategies, AIEG, 2016
  • Speaker, The Story of Walden v Chrysler, ICLE, 2016
  • Speaker, Cross Examination at Trial and Deposition, GPB, 2016
  • Speaker, Experts on Experts: How to Prepare, Defend, and Attack Experts in Complex Cases, AIEG, 2015
  • Panelist, Experience in Opening a New Firm, GTLA Annual Convention, 2015
  • Speaker, Lessons Learned from Walden v. Chrysler, GTLA Annual Convention, 2015
  • Speaker, Winning a $150 Million Verdict in Walden v. Chrysler, AIEG, 2015
  • Speaker, Spoliation & Surveillance Videos, Lumpkin Inn of Court, 2014
  • Author, The Fiery and Predictable Consequences of Rear-Mounted Fuel Tanks, The Verdict, Journal Of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Speaker, What I Learned from Juries: The Real World Comes First, Lumpkin Inn of Court, 2014
  • Chair, New Lawyers' Division Track, GTLA Annual Convention, 2014
  • Speaker, Jury Selection in Personal Injury Litigation, Strafford Publications, 2014
  • Speaker, Wrongful Death Cases, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section, 2014
  • Author, Trial Practice and Procedure, 65 Mercer L. Rev. 277, 2013
  • Speaker, Give Well, First Baptist Church of Shellman, Georgia, 2013
  • Speaker, Finding and Using Hot Docs, Seminar, 2013
  • Speaker, Do You Sell Drugs? and Other Important Voir Dire Issues, GTLA Annual Seminar, 2013
  • Author, Death Cases: What Duties are Owed and To Whom, The Verdict, Journal of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Author, Tire Tips: 10 Ways to Avoid Blowing Your Tire Case, The Verdict, Journal of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Finding and Using Whistleblowers, Seminar, 2012
  • Author, Trial Practice and Procedure, 64 Mercer L. Rev. 305, 2012
  • Author, Trial Practice and Procedure, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 359, 2011
  • Author, Unearthly Microbes and the Laws Designed to Resist Them, Georgia Law Review, 2007

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Jackson v. Clemons et. al: When she went to his church as a teen in need of guidance, our client trusted Pastor Lewis Clemons.  He betrayed that trust, sexually abusing her for years and years.  We brought the case in the Superior Court of Muscogee County against Pastor Clemons, Wynnton Road LLC (his church), and the Church of God in Christ (the denomination).  The case against Wynnton Road LLC has resolved, and the case continues against the other two defendants., 2018
  • White v. Pemberton Truck Lines et. al: Our client was driving a garbage truck for his employer when a tractor-trailer made an illegal passing attempt on a two-lane road and collided with him.  He sustained injuries to his arm, shoulder, and head.  When the trucking company, Pemberton Truck Lines, refused to compensate our client for the injuries that it had caused, we took the case to trial in the Newnan Division of the Northern District of Georgia.  After opening statements, the defense settled the case for $750,000, significantly more than the highest pretrial offer., 2018
  • Ellis v JJ's of Atlanta, LLC: Our client was walking across Peachtree Street, in the crosswalk and with the 'walk' signal, when he was struck by a speeding bicyclist.  The collision knocked him to the ground.  We found a nearby surveillance camera which showed that the bicyclist worked for Jimmy John's.  Extensive research, including many witness interviews and surveillance, revealed that this Jimmy John's location had long allowed its bicyclists to drive recklessly in their efforts to collect more tips.  We took the case to trial in the State Court of Fulton County and obtained a verdict of $167,000, significantly higher than the highest pretrial offer., 2018
  • Taylor v Howse: Our client had been injured in an automobile collision, sustaining injuries to his back, neck, and head.  When his own insurer, Nationwide, refused to pay him the damages to which he was entitled, we took the case to trial in the State Court of Fayette County.  We obtained a verdict for Mr. Taylor of $960,000.  That figure was substantially higher than the highest pretrial offer, and we believe that it is the highest verdict ever in Fayette county., 2018
  • Giacomi Matter: Our client approached a donkey standing behind a fence and a sign that said "My name is Otis / I eat pears."  She fed the donkey some pears, but when a piece of pear fell to the ground and our client bent to retrieve it, the donkey pulled her underneath the fence and trampled her.  When she went for medical treatment, her care providers missed important signs and allowed bacteria to set in.  We resolved the case against the farm for a significant amount, and the case against the care providers continues., 2017
  • Hindash v. Dominguez: Our client was a passenger in an Uber when her driver changed lanes at the last minute, then got struck in the rear by a pickup truck.  Our client hit her head on something in the car, but believed she would be ok.  Weeks later, however, the pain in her head became intractable and she went to a doctor, where she learend that she had an internal hemorrhage that required emergency surgery.  Her medical bills were about $100,000.  We resolved the case against several defendants and insurers for a total exceeding $600,000., 2017
  • Ford v. RJ Hayne et al.  Our client was struck from behind by a commercial truck. We took the case to trial. On day one of the trial, the truck company settled with our client for $460,000, which was more than 13 times his past medical bills.  It was not our firm's biggest result of the year, but I am able to share the information here because this settlement was not confidential., 2016
  • Walden v. Chrysler: Chrysler designed the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees, and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberties with fuel tanks located low and behind the rear axle. Predictably, when the vehicles are hit from the rear, the tanks can rupture. When the Jeep Grand Cherokee in which my clients' son was riding was rearended, the tank ruptured, fuel spilled, and the vehicle burned. My clients' son was killed in the fire. We took the case to trial. The jury determined that Chrysler acted recklessly and failed to warn of a known danger, and imposed a verdict of $150 million. Of that verdict, 99% was apportioned to Chrysler, and 1% to the striking driver. Verdict, 2015
  • Smith v. Ajuzie: Malcom Smith, an eighteen-year old college student and professional dancer, was riding in the back seat of a friend's car when another driver made an illegal left turn. The car smashed into the car Malcom was riding in, paralyzing him from the waist down. We took the case and prepared for trial. We were ready. On the Saturday night before a trial specially set for Tuesday, the defendants gave in and agreed to a confidential settlement that will provide funds to Malcom for the rest of his life. The amount exceeded the defendant's policy limits by a substantial amount.  Resolved, , 2014
  • Hatfield v. Ford Motor Co., TFX Inc.: As Mrs. Hatfield and her family drove down Interstate 16 in a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis, a tractor-trailer merged into their lane struck the car in the rear. The car was forced off the road, then it rolled over. Tragically, Ford Motor Company had manufactured the car with a defectively weak roof. When the roof hit the ground, the portion over Mrs. Hatfield caved in and struck her in the head, forcing her head forward and down. The collapsing roof broke her neck, leaving Mrs. Hatfield paralyzed from the neck down. On behalf of Mrs. Hatfield and her husband, we filed suit against the trucking company and Ford Motor Company. We took the case all the way through trial, completing a 2.5-week trial on October 2. When the jury announced that it had reached a verdict, but before the jury could announce what the verdict was, Ford made an offer to settle the case. The Hatfield family accepted. The amount of the settlement is confidential at Ford's request.  Resolved, 2013
  • Bates v. Michelin North America: Johnny Earl Bates and his wife Patricia were driving to visit family on Christmas Day when their Uniroyal Laredo tire--which had been manufactured by Michelin--failed. The tread separated from the tire carcass, causing the vehicle to swerve and roll over. In the wreck, Mr. Bates suffered brain damage and quadriplegia. During the course of the litigation, as a result of Michelin's misconduct, the Court entered issue preclusion sanctions, determining as a matter of law that the tire was defective and unreasonably dangerous. Michelin settled just before trial. The settlement amount is confidential at Michelin's request.  Resolved, 2012
  • Sheppard v. CSRA, Inc.: Two employees of a commercial motor carrier were putting speed ahead of safety as they drove though rural Washington County one night. As a result they collided with my clients, a father and son returning from the son's band practice. We located the witnesses who proved that the motor carrier was at fault, and the company decided to settle before we brought the matter to trial.  Resolved, 2012
  • State v. Calderon: Jose Calderon was involved in a gang trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.  He was operating a "stash house" in Clayton County.  When authorities raided the house and found millions of dollars worth of drugs, Calderon denied any connection to the home.  Despite a skillful performance by a very good defense lawyer, we proved that Calderon was responsible.  After a multi-day trial, the jury convicted him on multiple counts of drug trafficking.  Verdict, 2010
  • State v. Johnson: Michael Eugene Johnson was initiating a prospective member of his gang by guiding him through the armed robbery of an older convenience store owner.  When they ran, they didn't run far enough, and police caught them.  Despite the adverse testimony of the would-be gang member, we proved at trial that Johnson had committed armed robbery.  After a multi-day trial, the jury convicted him.  Verdict, 2010

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Educational Background:

  • Moot Court, Nationals Team, UGA School of Law, 2008
  • JD, Magna Cum Laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2008
  • Moot Court, Intrastate Team, UGA School of Law, 2007
  • Mock Trial, England Competition, UGA School of Law, 2007
  • Law Review, Note Published, UGA School of Law, 2007
  • Law School Association Scholarship, UGA School of Law, 2006
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute, 2004
  • BA, Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University, 2004
Office Location for Jeb Butler

10 Lenox Pointe
Atlanta, GA 30324

Phone: 404-587-8423

Fax: 404-581-5877

 

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Last Updated: 4/12/2018

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