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Jeb Butler

Jeb Butler

Butler Law Firm
  • Personal Injury
  • Georgia
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Summary

We handle serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. We take only a small number of cases so that we can provide exceptional services to the clients we take on. Our results include a jury verdict of $150 million.

We don't work like most personal injury firms. We believe in doing the hard work--calling and tracking down witnesses, digging through boxes of old files, and connecting with our clients to understand what happened and how it has affected them. We believe in attention to detail.

You'll never see our firm on a billboard or a daytime television ad. Those are volume lawyers--who take in a whole bunch of cases, settle them quick, and move on to the next batch. That's not who we are. It's not who we want to be. We want to know our clients, know each case, and provide real help to solve real problems.

We help people and families.

Practice Area
  • Personal Injury
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
partner
Butler Law Firm
- Current
partner
Butler Tobin LLC
- Current
associate
Butler Wooten & Fryhofer
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prosecutor
Clayton County District Attorney's Office
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Law Clerk to Hon. Lisa G. Wood
Southern District of Georgia
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trial intern
Western Circuit Public Defender's Office
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summer associate
Troutman Sanders LLP
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summer associate
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
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Education
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
J.D. (2008) | Law
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude Order of the Coif Order of the Barristers LSAC Scholarship
Activities: Law Review (note published) National Moot Court Team England Mock Trial Competition
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Awards
Order of the Coif
UGA School of Law
Order of the Barristers
UGA School of Law
Young Litigator of the Year
Georgia Bar Assocation YLD
Rising Star
Superlawyers
40 Under 40: On the Rise
Daily Report
Legal Elite
Georgia Trend
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
Professional Associations
State Bar of Georgia # 116955
Member
Current
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AIEG
Former YLC Chair
Current
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GTLA
Committee Member
Current
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Center for Auto Safety
Board Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Fiery and Predicatble Consequences of Rear-Mounted Fuel Tanks
Verdict
Trial Practice and Procedure
Mercer Law Review
Death Cases: What Duties Are Owed and To Whom
Verdict
Tire Tips: 10 Ways to Avoid Blowing Your Tire Case
Verdict
Trial Practice and Procedure
Mercer Law Review
Trial Practice and Procedure
Unearthly Microbes and the Laws Designed to Resist Them
Georgia Law Review
Speaking Engagements
What Juries Taught Me, Lumpkin Inn of Court
Wrongful Death Cases, Atlanta Bar Association
Spoliation & Surveillance Videos, Lumpkin Inn of Court
Experience in Opening a New Firm, GTLA
Lessons Learned from Walden v. Chrysler, GTLA
Winning a $150 Million Verdict in Walden v. Chrysler, AIEG
Experts on Experts: How to Prepare, Defend and Attack Experts in Complex Cases, AIEG
Protecting the Jury System, Opening of American Tort Law with Ralph Nadar
Strategic Use of Expert Witnesses, AIEG
Trial Preparation: The Grind is Worth it, Atlanta Bar Association
Advanced Deposition Stratagies, AIEG
Using Experts at Trial, AIEG
Wrongful Death and Section 1983 Cases, State Bar
Golden Age of Torts: The Story of Walden v. Chrysler
Insurance in Trucking Cases, GTLA
Jury Trials: Cross-Examination, ICLE
Closing Argument, Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section
Personal Injury Trials: So you Said You're a Lawyer, ICLE
Expert Witness Webinar, AAJ
Depositions for Use at Trial: General Practices and Trial, ICLE
Handling 30(b)(6) Witnesses, AIEG
Specialize to Succeed, Atlanta Bar Association
Stuff That Matters, GTLA
Georgial Trial Lawyers Association
Coss-Examination, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered

Q. what is the statue/ time period you have to settle a personal injury claim for an auto accident in the state of GA
A: Most of the time, the answer is two years. But it depends on several things. The general two-year rule comes from the Georgia law addressing "injuries to the person," which is O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 (you can Google it). In most cases, that means that after two years have passed since the collision, you can no longer file the case. Since you can't file it anymore, most insurance companies won't agree to settle the case after that date either, since there's nothing you can do about it if they refuse. Sometimes, there are shorter deadlines. For instance, if your case is against the State of Georgia, it must usually be filed under the Georgia Tort Claims Act, which means you must give the state notice of your claim (called an "ante litem" notice) in a very particular way within one year of the injury, or your case will be thrown out of court. O.C.G.A. § 50-21-26(a)(1). If your case is against a city, the ante litem deadline could be as short as six months. O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5(b). Other times, the statute of limitations is paused, or "tolled," such that the deadline to file the case is extended. One common reason for extension is O.C.G.A. § 9-3-99, which provides that if the person at fault was charged with a crime, or could have been charged with a crime, then the statute of limitations is "tolled" from the commission of the crime until the date that the prosecution for the crime is final, as long as that time period doesn't exceed six years. In other circumstances, if a minor was injured, the statute of limitations for the minor may be "tolled" until the minor reaches 18 years old, at which point it begins to run. O.C.G.A. § 9-3-90(b). I hope this answer has been helpful, and I hope you've still got time!
Q. What are my options when the insurance adjuster can't get in touch with their policy holder?
A: Georgia has a law that might be helpful. It's O.C.G.A. § 33-7-15(c)—you can Google it. Insurance companies use a whole list of excuses to avoid paying claims, or to pay claims off for less than they should. This excuse is a common one. Of course it's not your fault that the at-fault driver won't call his insurance company, but the adjuster wants to pretend like it's your problem. It isn't. Our law firm ends up filing most of the cases that we handle because we usually find that the insurance won't pay the full value of the claim until then. When you file the case, the documents that begin the case—the Complaint and Summons—will need to be served on the at-fault driver by a sheriff's deputy or process server. If you are dealing with an at-fault driver who won't call his own insurance company, the chances are high that he won't forward those documents to the insurance company like he should. Under O.C.G.A. § 33-7-15(c), you can send a copy of those documents to the insurance company yourself, by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, within 10 days of filing them with the Court. If you do that, then under the law, the insurance company can't deny coverage by claiming that the at-fault driver didn't forward the documents. Dealing with non-cooperative at-fault drivers is a pain—first they cause a wreck, then they refuse to admit it. I hope O.C.G.A. § 33-7-15(c) is helpful.
Q. How do you get pictures from a camera at an intersection to prove your position in an accident?
A: We've looked into this for a lot of clients, and unfortunately the answer isn't very good. You see those cameras above intersections and interstates and hope that they will have a record of exactly what happened so you can prove who is at fault, but most of the cameras are live-action only. Most of them provide live feeds, but don't actually record what happened, so they aren't much use as evidence. Wish I had better news for you!
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Contact & Map
Lawrenceville Office
154 Stone Mountain Street
Suite 250
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
USA
Telephone: (678) 400-6166
Jonesboro Office
21 Lee Street
Suite 250
Jonesboro, GA 30236
USA
Telephone: (770) 629-8366
Roswell Office
1255 Canton Street
Suite E
Roswell, GA 30075
USA
Toll-Free: (770) 766-1056
Atlanta Office
10 Lenox Pointe
Atlanta, GA 30324
USA
Telephone: (678) 940-1444
Fax: (678) 306-4646