James E. Butler, Jr.

James E. Butler, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Columbus, GA

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
 | 105 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: 706-322-1990
Fax: 706-323-2962
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

James (Jim) E. Butler Jr. is a partner at the law firm of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, with offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia and Alabama. He is certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and holds an AV Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, attorney Butler has tried well over 150 civil cases and has won numerous verdicts of more than $100 million, more than $10 million and more than $1 million. He has achieved four record-setting verdicts in Georgia in such disparate areas as medical malpractice, negligent entrustment, product liability, truck collisions, and business tort.

Mr. Butler began his legal career in 1977, after graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia Law School. Some of his early cases involving business torts resulted in groundbreaking decisions by the Georgia appellate courts regarding tortious interference with contracts, conversion and wrongful deprivation of the use of property.

He served as plaintiff's counsel in the original Jones v. State Farm case and as amicus curiae representative for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association in the argument of several successor cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court.

About James Butler, Jr.

Admitted: 1977, Georgia

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

Honors and Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Jones v. State Farm: Effectuating Legislative Intention, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1981
  • The Boundaries of Zealous Advocacy: Properly Representing Consumers Against Corporations and Their Tactics, 31 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 977, 1996
  • The Bench As A Battleground: The Discovery System is Broke and Only Judges Can Fix It, The Verdict, May/June, 1992
  • 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
  • Hospital Liability for Physician Negligence in Georgia: A Realistic Approach, 37 Mercer L. Rev. 701, 1986
  • Jones v. State Farm, The Insured's Perspective, Georgia State Bar Journal, August, 1982

Verdicts and Settlements:

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

Educational Background:

  • University of Georgia, A.B. Journalism, 1972

Articles about James E. Butler, Jr. appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for James E. Butler, Jr.

105 13th Street
Columbus, GA 31901

 

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Last Updated: 8/15/2018

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