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William M Butler Jr

also known as Bill Butler

About Me

I first became interested in becoming a lawyer after reading books about noted trial lawyers such as Gerry Spence, Race Horse Haynes and Melvin Belli.  I was inspired by their stories to go to law school even though I had already graduated from college and owned a successful business.  I sold my business, was admitted to law school and dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a courtroom lawyer.


I learned that trying a case well is a skill that can’t be learned just from books.  It takes a  lot of experience in a courtroom to really develop the ability.


I have now been a trial lawyer for over 27 years.  My first jury trial took place in 1987-an acquittal on a DUI case.  Since that time, I have tried many cases in both State and Federal Courts ranging from murder and drug trafficking down to accusations of stealing a pack of gum from Krogers.  Most cases settle without the need for a trial but I believe my clients receive more favorable offers of settlement because Prosecutors know that if an offer is not fair, I will not hesitate to go to trial and that I have the skills and experience to obtain a favorable outcome.



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Practice Areas


  1. Federal Crime: 80%
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    28 years



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

23 total 

  • Ashley Witte Dawson

    William Butler is an excellent advocate for his clients. I am truly impressed by his vast legal knowledge, professionalism, and high work ethic. Mr. Butler is a skilled lawyer who is dedicated to obtaining favorable results for his clients. I fully recommend and endorse this lawyer.


    Ashley Witte Dawson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jill L Rogers

    Experience and knowledge defines this attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Jill Rogers Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

200 S. 7th Street
Suite 504
Louisville, KY, 40202


KYAuthorized to practice law198602/27/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Continuing Legal Education AwardKentucky Bar Association2009
Continuing Legal Education AwardKentucky Bar Association2008
Continuing Legal EducationKentucky Bar Association1995
Professional Responsibility AwardLouis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville1985
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial LawyerWilliam M. Butler, Jr., Lawyer1986 - Present
MemberCriminal Justice Act Panel Federal Defender1986 - 2014
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysMember2014 - Present
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
The National Trial LawyersMember2013 - Present
United States District Court for the District of South CarolinaLawyer2013 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitLawyer2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of IndianaLawyer2001 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitLawyer1992 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLifetime Member1989 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of KentuckyLawyer1986 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of KentuckyLawyer1986 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
U.S. v. PanayiAcquitted by jury trial
U.S. v. Cruz-NarvaezCase dismissed by United States two days before scheduled jury trial
Commonwealth v. Lucas-FooteAcquittal after jury trial
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Publication NameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesHow a Pending Criminal Case May Effect Noncitizens2014
AVVO Legal GuidesAllocution : The statement made by a defendant before s/he is sentenced2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of LouisvilleLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of KentuckyEconomics and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Noon SeminarDriving Under The Influence Practice1989