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Jesse R. Butler

401 North Cattlemen Road
Suite 300
Sarasota, Florida 34232

(941) 366-4680

(941) 953-3136



Mr. Butler handles complex civil litigation matters, focusing primarily on cases of legal malpractice, professional liability, personal injury, product defects, and general civil and commercial litigation.

Mr. Butler has also distinguished himself as a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Appellate Practice, a distinction held by less than 250 members out of over 100,000 Florida attorneys. As an appellate specialist, Mr. Butler is particularly skilled at the type of legal research, analysis, and advocacy that is foundational not only to appellate practice, but also to complicated matters involving professional liability claims and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Butler is a well-recognized state leader in the legal profession. He is a member of The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors, where he serves on the Disciplinary Review Committee, the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, and the Board Certification Appeals Committee. The Disciplinary Review Committee oversees the prosecution and appeals for disciplinary violations by Florida lawyers, recommends policy on lawyer regulation and discipline matters, and reviews and makes recommendations on disciplinary actions that require review of the Board of Governors. The Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics performs preliminary review of advisory ethics opinions appealed to the Board of Governors from the Professional Ethics Committee and advisory advertising opinions appealed to the Board from the Standing Committee on Advertising.

In his appellate practice, Mr. Butler 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.

In his spare time, Mr. Butler enjoys time with his wife and son, and reading about Roman history. Mr. Butler was born in Chicago, IL and is a life-long Cubs fan, UCF Knight, and Florida Gator.

Awards & Honors

Since 2016, Mr. Butler has maintained the prestigious AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV® certification mark indicates that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional ethics and legal ability.

In 2022, Mr. Butler was selected by Florida Trend Magazine as a Legal Elite “Up and Comer” in the field of Civil Trial. He was one of only 97 attorneys in Florida who generated the most votes in a special category for attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited leadership in the law and their community.

From 2019 through present, Mr. Butler has been selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers as a top-rated civil litigation attorney. Less than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are selected as Rising Stars. Attorneys receiving this distinction have been recognized as among the leading lawyers in the state in their practice areas. Mr. Butler has repeatedly been selected by SRQ Magazine as an “Elite Top Attorney” in the field of Appellate Law.

At the local level, Mr. Butler served as President of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division, after serving for several years on the Board as a director. He also served on the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and on the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Section C, including as Chair. In 2013, Mr. Butler was inducted into the inaugural class of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
    • Board of Governors (2022-Present)
    • Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division (2016-2022)
    • Chair, Technology Committee of the Florida Bar YLD (2019-Present)
    • Appellate Law Section, Member
    • Trial Lawyers Section, Member
    • Twelfth Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee (Chair, 2020-2022)
    • 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)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (Chair 2020-Present; Member, 2019-2022)
  • Council for Diversity and Inclusion, Sarasota County Bar Association (2010-2015)
  • Volunteer Attorney for Guardian ad Litem Office, represented abused and neglected children in appellate matters

Bar Admissions

  • 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

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Rated by Super Lawyers
Board Certified in Appellate Practice
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registered Preeminent Lawyer
Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer Jesse R. Butler
SQR Magazine 2022 Elite Top Attorney Deborah J. Blue

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