Being a lawyer isn’t about flash and glory. Winning a case for your client takes work, focus, and discipline. The made-for-TV moments are few and far between.
Winning your client’s case means doing the little things right, from the first time you shake your client’s hand until you hand them a check. Winning doesn’t depend on a single moment of creative brilliance – it isn’t that easy. Winning means grinding it out. Winning means digging deep into the facts before the case is filed, pressing the defense to turn over the evidence, crafting unanswerable deposition questions, revising your briefs until they are perfect, and obsessively preparing for trial. Winning also requires confidence and execution, but there are many lawyers who can do that. What sets Jeb and our firm apart is what nobody ever sees. It’s the unglamorous gruntwork. It’s reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents to find the one smoking gun. It’s the little things that we do over the months and years that a case is pending. As Jeb’s father has long said, you build a case like you build a house – one brick at a time. It’s not about flash and glory.
Jeb likes being a lawyer. That isn’t true of all lawyers – there are many who would rather be doing something else. But you can’t work as hard as Jeb does or build a firm like this one unless you like what you’re doing. Jeb likes helping people. He likes the intellectual challenges that practicing law brings. But if you ask him, he’ll usually admit that even more than that, he likes beating adversaries who deserve to be beaten and winning cases that bring about change.
Jeb says that he has been lucky to work on several cases that have made systemic changes. He was part of the trial team that won a $150,000,000 verdict in a product liability case after Chrysler put the gas tanks in certain Jeeps right next to the rear bumper – which no manufacturer does anymore. He handled a police chase case that resulted in policy changes to better protect innocent lives. He has worked on cases involving a hospital chain that regularly falsified its medical records to get more money from Medicare and he won a $500,000 verdict on behalf of a woman who had been sexually abused by her pastor for nearly a decade and whom the pastor had publicly accused of lying. Other case results that can be publicly disclosed include a $45,000,000 settlement in a motorcycle accident case, a $3,973,260 settlement after a boating accident, and a $1,250,000 settlement in a pedestrian case. He has obtained several other multimillion-dollar settlements that cannot be disclosed for confidentiality reasons. Cases like these can make a difference not only for our clients, but for others who walk in similar shoes.
Jeb has been working hard since he entered this profession. At the University of Georgia School of Law he graduated in the top 10% of his class, published on the Law Review, and argued in the National Moot Court competition. He earned the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers, won a trial for an indigent defendant under the Third Year Practice Act, and had summer clerkships with Bondurant Mixson & Elmore and Troutman Sanders. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood in the Southern District of Georgia for a year, then went to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office where he learned to try cases. Then he worked at his father’s firm, then called Butler Wooten & Fryhofer, for three and a half years before leaving to start his own firm. Now, Jeb works hard for this firm’s clients and, whenever possible, collaborates with other lawyers to achieve exceptional results for great people.
Of course it isn’t all work. Jeb is the proud husband of Anne Wyrsch Butler and the proud father of Farrah Anne Butler (“Little Bomber”) and James Edward Butler IV (“Jim”). He would be quick to tell you that he was the primary trainer for Lou, the finest black lab in the state of Georgia, who not only retrieves tennis balls herself but has taught Farrah and Jim how to do it. Jeb likes hiking, traveling, and tending to his family’s flock of backyard chickens. Long ago, when he had time to do it, Jeb enjoyed hunting, fishing, and flying airplanes. Jeb also claims that from 2006-2008, he was the best wiffleball pitcher in Athens, Georgia and that he can still summon sparks of former glory when called upon.
Frequently Asked Questions about Jeb
Will you return my calls?
Yes. I’ll also reply to your emails.
Are you an a**hole?
Sometimes! But not if I can avoid it, and never to my clients.
Do you actually care about your clients?
Will you tell me the truth?
100% yes. I’ll tell you the truth when it’s good, and I’ll tell you the truth when it’s bad. If you have questions, expectations, problems, concerns, or hopes, tell me about them. Listening is an important part of my job and too many lawyers forget that. If you ask me how the legal system works, I’ll tell you that too. Most of the time, the law tries to make sense – but there are times when it doesn’t.
Do you have experience doing exactly what I need?
Do you need to have a will drafted? Then no. Do you need someone to get you out of jail? No. Did you find a hair in your food at Waffle House and want a million dollars? I’m not your guy.
Do you need help with a real personal injury or wrongful death case? Then yes. We are very good at that.
Also, if we can’t take your case, we always try to find someone who can. If you call our firm and we’re not the best fit for your case, we’ll tell you. And we can usually refer you to a good lawyer who can help.
What do your clients think of you?
They would say that I work really hard and do a good job on their cases. Most even like me, I think. But you don’t need to hear this from me – listen to them. Click on the video testimonials on this page and elsewhere, and read our hundreds of five-star reviews on Google. We worked really hard to earn them.
Where can I read more about you?
After this long bio, you want more? I’m flattered! Google me and a bunch of stuff will come up. Some of it is true.
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- J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude
- Law Review (published)
- National Moot Court Team
- Intrastate Moot Court Team
- England Mock Trial Competition
- Order of the Coif
- Order of the Barristers
- Summer Institute, Stanford Graduate School of Business
- B.A., Vanderbilt University, cum laude
- Attorney at Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer LLP
- Attorney at Clayton County District Attorney’s Office
- Law Clerk to Hon. Lisa G. Wood, Southern District of Georgia
- Summer Associate at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP
- Summer Associate at Troutman Sanders LLP
- Summer Associate at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
- National Law Journal: Elite Trial Lawyers
- Georgia YLD: Young Litigator of the Year
- Daily Report: On the Rise / 40 Under 40
- Georgia Trend: Legal Elite
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars
- The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Center for Auto Safety: Board Member
- Avvo: Clients’ Choice Award
- Avvo: 10.00/10.00
- Wall Street Journal
- CBS News
- Bloomberg Business
- Above the Law
- CNN Money
- Fox News
- Al Jazeera America
- NBC-affiliate 11Alive
- Daily Report
- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
- News Radio 106.7
- Daily Report
- Cross-Examination, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (2018)
- Verdicts Breakfast, FRG (2018)
- Stuff that Matters, GTLA (2018)
- Specialize to Succeed, Atlanta Bar Association (2017)
- Handling 30(b)(6) Witnesses, AIEG (2017)
- Depositions for Use at Trial: General Practice and Trial, ICLE (2017)
- Deposition Strategies: Trial and Error Seminar, ICLE (2017)
- Expert Witness Webinar, AAJ (2017)
- Personal Injury Trials: So You Said You’re a Lawyer, ICLE (2016)
- Closing Argument, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section (2016)
- Jury Trials: Cross-Examination, ICLE (2016)
- Insurance in Trucking Cases, GTLA (2016)
- Expert Witness Webinar, GTLA (2016)
- Golden Age of Torts: The Story of Walden v. Chrysler (2016)
- Wrongful Death and Section 1983 Cases, State Bar (2016)
- Using Experts at Trial, AIEG (2016)
- Advanced Deposition Strategies, AIEG (2016)
- Trial Preparation: The Grind is Worth It, Atlanta Bar Association (2016)
- Strategic Use of Expert Witnesses, AIEG (2015)
- Protecting the Jury System, Opening of American Museum of Tort Law with Ralph Nader (2015)
- Experts on Experts: How to Prepare, Defend, and Attack Experts in Complex Cases, AIEG (2015)
- Winning a $150 Million Verdict in Walden v. Chrysler, AIEG (2015)
- Lessons Learned from Walden v. Chrysler, GTLA Annual Convention (2015)
- Experience in Opening a New Firm, GTLA Annual Convention (2015)
- Spoliation & Surveillance Videos, Lumpkin Inn of Court (2014)
- Tort Reform and Strikes for Cause, Strafford Publications (2014)
- Wrongful Death Cases, Atlanta Bar Association (2014)
- What Juries Taught Me, Lumpkin Inn of Court (2014)
- Program Chair, New Plaintiffs Lawyers Track, Georgia Trial Lawyers Annual Convention and Gala (2014)
- Finding and Using Hot Docs, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (2013)
- Do You Sell Drugs? and Other Important Voir Dire Questions, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2013)
- Giving Well, First Baptist Church of Shellman (2013)
- Finding and Using Whistleblowers, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (2012)
- The Fiery and Predictable Consequences of Rear-Mounted Fuel Tanks, VERDICT (2014)
- Trial Practice and Procedure, 65 MERCER L. REV. 277 (2013)
- Tire Tips: 10 Ways to Avoid Blowing Your Tire Case, VERDICT (2012)
- Death Cases: What Duties Are Owed and To Whom, VERDICT (2012)
- Trial Practice and Procedure, 64 MERCER L. REV. 305 (2012)
- Trial Practice and Procedure, 63 MERCER L. REV. 359 (2011)
- Unearthly Microbes and the Laws Designed to Resist Them, 41 GA. L. REV. 1355 (2007)
- AAJ Product Liability Executive Committee
- AIEG Young Lawyers Committee (Past Chairman)
- Center for Auto Safety (Board Member)
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association:
- PAC Board
- LEAD Executive Committee
- Legislative Affairs Committee
- Trucking Subcommittee
- Insurance Subcommittee
- American Association of Justice (Executive Committee, Product Liability Section)
- Lumpkin Inn of Court (Past Pupil & Barrister)