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James E. Butler

James E. Butler Jr.

also known as Jim Butler

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Car Accidents, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

Jim Butler is a founding partner in Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP, a nationally known civil trial practice firm which has litigated cases in 28 states – from Massachusetts to California, Montana to Florida. Jim's accomplishments include setting the record for largest verdict in Georgia history on four separate occasions – in four completely different kinds of civil cases (medical malpractice, trucking, auto products liability, and business torts/breach of fiduciary duty). No other lawyer has done that more than once. Cases in which Jim served as lead counsel have also set verdict records and settlement records in a number of other states. Jim was lead counsel in the Six Flags vs. Time Warner case, which is believed to be the largest collected judgment in American history.


 


Jim has tried over 170 civil cases to verdict, and has won four verdicts over $100 million, plus another ten verdicts over $10 million, plus another 10 verdicts over $1 million, plus innumerable verdicts over $100,000. Jim has served as lead counsel in business cases, products cases, trucking cases, premises liability cases, and in a series of class action cases which pioneered new approaches and settlement models. In addition, Jim has served as lead counsel in far more cases which resulted in eight-figure and seven-figure settlements, including the largest settlements ever paid by two multinational automakers. Jim has also been counsel in nearly countless appellate decisions of note.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 25%
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
  3. Wrongful Death: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • William C. Head

    Jim Butler was in law school with me, and I had the pleasure of watching him participate in and ultimately win every moot court competition he ever entered. I have never seen a more effective and talented trial lawyer than Jim Butler. Several judges who presided over his major trials [those where over $100 million was obtained] have told me the same thing --- he is simply the best trial lawyer in our business. He is brilliant, talented and "reads" a jury better than any attorney I ever met. He deserves all the personal accolades and financial success that he has ever attained because he is "the REAL deal".

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    William Head DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • James Edward Butler

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    James Butler Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact Info

Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP

2719 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA, 30324

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ALAuthorized to practice law197705/11/2015
GAActive Member in Good Standing 197705/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
10 Years Selected to Super LawyersGeorgia Super Lawyers2013
Georgia Top 100Georgia Super Lawyers2013
Georgia's Best Lawyers--Personal InjuryGeorgia's Best Lawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Tradition of Excellence AwardState Bar of Georgia2002
Civil Justice AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates1993

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyButler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP1988 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Environmental Protection CommitteeChairman2000 - 2001
State of Georgia, Department of Natural Resources/Environment Protection DivisionBoard of Directors, member1998 - 2005
State Bar of Georgia, Disciplinary Board Review PanelMember1993 - 1996
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1988 - 1989
Columbus Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1986 - 1987
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1983 - 1986
Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, Special Jones CommitteeChairman1982 - 1983
Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae CommitteeMember1981 - 1983
Alabama Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hughes v. National Service Lines of New Jersey, Inc. and Michigan Mutual Insurance CoTrucking Co Pays $500,000 for Brain Injury Crash
U.S. ex rel. Victor Bibby and Brian Donnelly v. JPMorgan Chase, et al.Cash Settlement--$161,700,000
Six Flags over Georgia v. Time Warner$454,296,000, over $640,000,000 collected with interest

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Tort & Insurance Law JournalThe Boundaries of Zealous Advocacy: Properly Representing Consumers Against Corporations and Their Tactics1996
The Verdict Magazine (ASCDC)The Bench As A Battleground: The Discovery System is Broke and Only Judges Can Fix It1992
The Verdict Magazine (ASCDC)The Bench As A Battleground: The Discovery System is Broke and Only Judges Can Fix It1992
Georgia Law ReviewWhat's A Human Life Really Worth: Recovering Damages For Decedents' Non-Economic Loss In Georgia Wrongful Death Actions1991
Mercer Law ReviewHospital Liability for Physician Negligence in Georgia: A Realistic Approach1986
Georgia State Bar JournalJones v. State Farm, The Insured's Perspective1982
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationJones v. State Farm: Effectuating Legislative Intention1981

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of Georgia, AthensJournalismA.B.1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
General Practice & Trial Practice InstituteTrial Practice Institute2013
Young Lawyers Division WorkshopWar Stories2012
Georgia Trial Lawyers Associaton Fall WorkshopEvaluating Med Mal Cases2012
University of Georgia Student TLA WorkshopProduct Liability Effect on Auto Safety2011
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association workshopProving Liability with Cross Examination2011
Georgia Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionEffectively Arguing Damages in a Wrongful Death Case2011
Atlanta Bar Association workshopCross Examination2011
Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling Tough Witnesses and Cross Examination2010
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Holiday WorkshopKeeping Them Honest--Discovery Issues and Motions2010
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual SeminarCross Examination2009