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George B. Butts

Law Office of George Butts
4400 Michaels Cove
Austin, Texas 78746

SUMMARY PROFILE

George B. Butts is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in both civil trial law and personal injury trial law. In his extensive trial practice, Mr. Butts has tried cases involving allegations of negligent and intentional torts, breach of contract, violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the Insurance Code, breach of warranty, fraud, legal and medical malpractice, disputes regarding the ownership of commercial properties, products liability, mass toxic torts, premise liability, building construction, highway construction, employment discrimination, civil rights, and criminal law, among others.

Mr. Butts is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was elected an Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America for twenty three consecutive years, including the current year. Mr. Butts has been recognized by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines as a Texas Super Lawyer in civil litigation every year since 2003, when this honor was inaugurated. He has been named a Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer in each year that directory has been published. He holds an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available ranking in both legal ability and ethical standards.

EXAMPLES OF DIVERSE EXPERIENCE

  • Lead trial counsel in the successful defense of a lender liability suit in which it was alleged that the defendant bank and associated individuals defrauded the plaintiff by failing to make previously agreed loans, resulting in the collapse of a multimillion-dollar business.
  • Trial of first ever proposed rehabilitation of insolvent insurer under Texas Insurance Code.
  • Trial of breach of contract case involving “trade claims” arising from Delta Airlines bankruptcy.
  • Lead counsel in Markman and motion for summary judgment hearing regarding software patents, resulting in judgment for client that was affirmed by Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Lead trial counsel in a toxic tort case against a major chemical company alleging $1 billion in damages. A group of ten plaintiffs’ cases, selected from the 1,000 who sued, were tried. After five years of discovery and five weeks of trial, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their cases rather than proceed to verdict. The remaining cases were settled based on the defense victory.
  • Represented client in a case in which a plaintiff’s cancers were allegedly caused by exposure at client’s chemical plant. A large, international union was also a plaintiff inthis case. After Mr. Butts deposed plaintiffs’ experts, plaintiffs’ counsel acknowledged they could not meet their burden of proof under existing law. Resolution of the case included the union publishing a retraction on its website of libelous statements made about Mr. Butts’ client in prior union publications.
  • Lead counsel for the defendant in a five-week jury trial involving allegations of fraud, breach of warranty, and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act against a major international corporation. The plaintiffs recovered the amount of damages identified by the defendant’s expert witness, approximately 1/20th of the amount sought by plaintiffs.
  • Lead counsel for one of the world’s largest chemical companies in several cases involving allegations of failure of plastic pipe in several Texas cities and water districts. At issue was the cost of replacing many thousands of allegedly defective plastic pipes installed in municipal water distribution systems, costs that by every estimate ran into several tens of millions of dollars. Subject matter of the suit required a detailed understanding of chemical and mechanical characteristics of polymers and the use of chemical stabilizers to protect against degradation. All cases were ultimately settled consistent with client’s expectations.
  • Lead trial counsel in a case brought under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) involving allegations of improper conduct in the liability insurance industry. The plaintiffs were a group of insurers and re-insurers who had sustained losses of about $100 million. This case was settled during trial, with Mr. Butts’ client contributing a small percentage of the overall settlement.
  • Lead counsel for the defense against a plaintiff who contended that a shopping center and brokerage fees were at issue due to the efforts to sell the shopping center. After approximately two weeks of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict that plaintiff take nothing.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Disappearing Jury Trials and Jury Verdicts, 39 Tech Law Review 289, Winter, 2007 (Co-authored with the Honorable Sam Sparks, United States District Judge)
  • Disappearing Jury Trials and Jury Verdicts, Voir Dire (a publication of ABOTA), Spring, 2006

COURTS AND FORUMS

  • All Texas state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

MEMBERSHIP

  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Austin Bar Association –

PRIOR AFFILIATIONS

  • DLA Piper US LLP- Austin- 2005- 2012.
  • Brown McCarroll and predecessor firms – Austin- 1973- 2005.
  • Thompson, Knight, Simmons & Bullion- Dallas- 1972- 1973.

CIVIC AND CHARITABLE

Texas Appleseed Board of Directors and Secretary-Treasurer

EDUCATION

  • University of Texas School of Law – Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity
    • Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
  • University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Business Administration