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Steven L. Butler is an attorney in the Personal Injury Group of Morris James LLP. He limits his practice to Social Security Disability, Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Claims. He provides legal representation to individuals that are trying to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, who have been seriously injured at work, or have been seriously injured in a Motor Vechicle Accident as a result of another person's negligence.

Mr. Butler represents claimants that are applying for disability, or have been denied at the initial application level, reconsideration, Administrative Law Judge Hearing, or at the Appeals Council level of the Social Security Disability process. He offers free initial consultations to individuals at any level of the disability process. Mr. Butler represents individuals that are seriously injured at work and assist in obtaining the medical benefits, wage compensation, permanency and disfigurement that they may be entitled to.

Mr. Butler is a 1998 graduate of University of Delaware, and a 2003 Graduate of Widener University School of Law. Mr. Butler previously was a Partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA until December 2015 when he moved to Morris James to expand his practice beyond Social Security Disability. Prior to joining beggining private practice, Mr. Butler served as a law clerk for an Insurance Defense Firm in Wilmington, Delaware.

Mr. Butler is admitted to practice in the State of Delaware, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court of Delaware. Since he is admitted to at least one state bar, he is also able to practice Social Security Disability in any state in the country. Mr. Butler currently has clients in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for Social Security Disability claims. He has appeared at hundreds of Social Security Administrative Law Judge Hearings, and been successful in suing the Social Security Administration in several United States District Court cases to obtain benefits for his clients.

Mr. Butler is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, Delaware State Bar Association, and Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. He is a former Chair of the Small Firms and Solo Practitioner’s Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, a founding member of the Social Security Disability Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, and a member of the Social Security Section of the American Association for Justice. He currently serves as Chair of the Social Security Disability Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.

Prior to beginning law school, Mr. Butler was in the technology field. He was a computer network administrator for the Delaware Judicial Information Center, a Network Technician for the Delaware State Personnel Office, and he helped establish the Delaware Department of Education Computer Helpdesk.

Mr. Butler was active in oral advocacy while in law school and was a member and the Vice-President of the Moot Court Honor Society and a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society. He was a finalist in the Widener University School of Law 2001 Honorable G. Fred DiBona Competition, and a semi-finalist at the Seton Hall School of Law 2002 John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure National Moot Court Competition. Mr. Butler was on the staff of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law while enrolled at Widener, and is a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Harrington Inn Chapter.

In addition to his interests in technology and the law, Mr. Butler enjoys taking part in recreational sports, and is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. In his leisure time, Mr. Butler enjoys running, following technology, reading, music and spending quality time with his family. He frequently presents on using Mobile Technology in the practice of law.


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 75%
    12 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Workers Compensation: 15%
    1 year
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    1 year



Contingent (25-35%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • William P Brady

    Steve is extremely knowledgeable in the area of Social Security law and is a strong advocate for his clients. I have referred clients to him for representation in the past and will continue to do so.


    William Brady Litigation Attorney
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  • Stephanie O Joy

    Attorney Butler's depth of knowledge of Social Security Disability law, along with his ready sharing of detailed and informative answers to Avvo visitors, is refreshing, uncommon, and explains my confidence in his work ethic as well as his expertise.


    Stephanie Joy Social Security Attorney
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Contact info

Morris James, LLP, Delaware

803 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE, 19806


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerDelaware Today2015
Rising Stars ListSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising Stars ListSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top LawyerDelaware Today2014
Rising Stars ListSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top LawyerDelaware Today2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMorris James LLP2016 - Present
PartnerLinarducci & Butler, PA2007 - Present
AssociateLaw Office of Gary Linarducci2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers' Compensation American Inn of CourtMember2016 - Present
Delaware Supreme Court Commission on Law and TechnologyCommissioner2013 - Present
Richard K. Herrmann Technology American Inn of CourtMember2012 - Present
National Association of Disability RepresentativesMemberN/A
Delaware State Bar Association, Technology CommitteeMemberN/A
Delaware State Bar Association, Social Security Disability SectionFounding MemberN/A
Delaware State Bar Association, Small Firms & Solo Practitioners SectionVice PresidentN/A
Delaware State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Delaware Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Social Security Disability Law SectionMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jopson v. Astrue, 517 F. Supp. 2d 689Remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Steven ButlerSocial Security Blog2016
Law.comLaw Firm Done With Paper2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of DelawarePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bifferato Law ForumMobile Computing - Best Practices for Delaware Lawyers2014
2014 Bench and Bar ConferenceMobile Presentations Using the iPad2014
Recognizing Social Security Disability ClaimsReviewing Electronic Medical Records Using the iPad2013
DTLA Annual ConventioniPad in Your Law Practice2013
Legal Technology: Pitfalls, Tips and FunMobile Computing and the Law Office2012
Social Security DisabilityUnforeseen Issues, Best Practices, Ethics and Getting Paid in Social Security Disability Claims2011
Handling A Social Security Disability CaseSucceeding at a Social Security Disability ALJ Hearing2011
DTLA Annual ConventionSocial Security Disability and the Personal Injury Case2011
Technology and the Small Firm/Solo PractitionerEthical Issues in Attorney Use of Technology2010
Can Social Security Disability Help Your Client?Can Social Security Disability Help Your Client2010
National Business InstituteHandling a Social Security Disability Claim2008
Delaware State Bar AssociationWhat Every Attorney Should Know about Social Security2008