401 North Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
Office: (941) 366-4680
Fax: (941) 953-3136
Fax: (941) 953-3136
Commercial & Complex Litigation
Motor Vehicle Negligence
Personal Injury Litigation
Trucking & Transportation Litigation
Florida Bar Board Certified Appellate Practice Lawyer
The Florida Bar
- Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division (2016-Present)
- Appellate Law Section, Member
- Trial Lawyers Section, Member
- Twelfth Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee, Member
- Small Claims Rules Committee, Appointee (2014-2017)
- Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Class I Fellow (2013-2014)
Sarasota County Bar Association
- President, Young Lawyers Division (2016-2017)
- President-Elect, Young Lawyers Division (2015-2016)
- Secretary, Young Lawyers Division (2014-2015)
- Director, Young Lawyers Division (2012-2014)
- Diversity Committee, Member (2010-2015)
Defense Research Institute
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Greivance Committee
U.S. Supreme Court
All Florida State Courts
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Mr. Butler is a trial attorney as well as a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Appellate Practice. He has handled appeals throughout Florida and in Federal court. His cases involve a wide-range of substantive areas of the law, including appeals involving final judgments, non-final orders, and petitions seeking extraordinary writs. In 2018, Mr. Butler received the special distinction of being admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Butler also provides trial support services (for clients of the firm as well as outside clients), assisting trial counsel in developing and arguing legal issues, development of jury instructions and verdict forms, preserving the record for appeal, preparation and argument of motions and memoranda of law, and handling dispositive and post-trial motions.
Mr. Butler’s trial and litigation practice focuses on complex matters involving consumer law, product liability, legal malpractice, defamation, insurance defense and coverage disputes, deceptive and unfair trade practice claims, personal injuries, and general civil and commercial litigation. In 2019, Mr. Butler was selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers as a top-rated civil litigation attorney.
Mr. Butler has been awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment; a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Butler has served on the Board of Governors for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division since 2016, where he represents the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. He is also a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Mr. Butler previously served as President of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division and has served on the Florida Bar’s Small Claims Rules Committee. In 2013, Mr. Butler was inducted as a Class I Fellow of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, a distinction shared by less than 60 attorneys throughout Florida.
In his spare time, Mr. Butler enjoys studying history, particularly ancient Roman history. Mr. Butler also frequently appears as a volunteer appellate attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program throughout the state of Florida, where he advocates on behalf of children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.