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Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that all of the firm’s partners were again selected as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers or 2017 Rising Stars. Jim Butler and Joel Wooten were once again named Georgia Super Lawyers. Butler was also named to the Georgia Top 100 List. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. This honor is reserved for less than 5% of attorneys practicing in Georgia. Partners Brandon Peak, Buddy Morrison, and Tedra Cannella were named Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

Congratulations are also in order for associates Robert Snyder and David Rohwedder, who were selected as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars. This is a distinguished honor given to only 2.5% of lawyers under the age of forty. » READ MORE

Recently, the University of Georgia School of Law dedicated the James E. Butler Courtroom. Located on the first floor of Dean Rusk Hall, this courtroom honors three generations of the Butler family. The occasion included the unveiling of a portrait of James E. "Jim" Butler, Jr. (JD‘77) by artist Beth Stephens that hangs outside the courtroom. » READ MORE

Appeals Court Affirms $40M Wrongful Death Judgment Against Chrysler
The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed Decatur County Superior Court Judge Chason's rulings in Walden v. FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automotives, formerly known as "Chrysler.") reducing the verdict from $120 million to $40 million. The Walden v. Chrysler case was tried last year, in Bainbridge, GA, resulting in a verdict on April 2, 2015. Four ½ year old Remington ("Remi") Walden died in flames after the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was a passenger was rear-ended and the gas tank, which was located at the extreme rear of the car, burst. The ruptured tank caused a gas-fed fire that Remington could not escape. » READ MORE

Columbus law firm gets $11 million settlement for injured garbage man

Significant catastrophic injury case settled for eleven million dollars
Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to report that yesterday the firm settled a significant catastrophic injury case for eleven million dollars ($11,000,000.00) during the first day of trial in Gwinnett County State Court. » READ MORE

BWP attorneys chosen for LEAD Program
Attorneys David Rohwedder and Rob Snyder of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP have been selected for the program run by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. » READ MORE

Brandon Peak is the new President of the Columbus Bar Association » READ MORE

Blown-tire to blame for bus crash on Interstate 74 near Rockingham, North Carolina. » READ MORE

Settlement in fatal Savannah truck accident

The deadly trucking accident that claimed the lives of five nursing students last year near Savannah has been resolved for the families of four of the victims.

Read the full story from the Daily Report.

Michael Thurmond was honored at the State Bar of Georgia by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, Justice Robert Benham and the Commission on Professionalism as one of the recipients of the 2016 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. » View the CJCP video from the Benham Awards

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that several of the firm's partners were again selected as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers or 2016 Rising Stars. » READ MORE

Tedra L. Cannella Elected Partner At Butler Wooten. BWP is pleased to announce Tedra L. Cannella has been elected partner with the firm. » READ MORE

BWP is pleased to announce Rory A. Weeks has joined the law firm as an associate in their Atlanta office. » READ MORE

Michael Thurmond has been selected by the Gate City Bar Association and the Gate City Bar Foundation as one of four 2015 Inductees to the Gate City Bar Hall of Fame. » READ MORE

Fiat-Chrysler seeks new trial in defective Jeep case after jury rendered $150 million verdict, finding carmaker 99% at-fault in death of 4-year-old boy in a post-collision fire. » READ MORE

$3.25 Million Verdict In Trucking Case. BWP is pleased to announce that on April 29, 2015, a jury in Rockdale County State Court returned a $3.25 million verdict in a case tried by firm partner Brandon Peak. » READ MORE

$150 Million Verdict Against Chrysler. Butler Wooten & Peak is pleased to announce that a jury in Bainbridge, Georgia awarded $150 million to the family of 4 1/2 year old Remington Walden who died from fire after the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding exploded in flames following a rear impact.


Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is proud to announce the addition of experienced attorney and University of Georgia graduate Robert ("Rob") Snyder. » READ MORE

BWP Senior Partner wins first Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award There's a picture in James E. Butler Jr.'s Columbus law office of him and his daughter Catherine with former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and his daughter Michelle, who ran unsuccessfully against Republican David Perdue for the U.S. Senate. They were at a fundraiser for Michelle at Usher's house in Atlanta. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker. When he was a young plaintiffs lawyer, Butler nearly went to work for Nunn in 1978. "Sam Nunn offered me a job. I would have moved to Washington. I was tempted, but turned it down," Butler said. » READ MORE

BWP Partners Jim Butler and Brandon Peak along with co-counsel Billy Mathis of Albany, Georgia have filed two new suits against General Motors. Despite hundreds of injuries and deaths stemming from fires that erupted because of the location of their pickups' sidesaddle fuel tanks, GM has never recalled an estimated 5 million pickups with sidesaddle tanks. BWP previously secured a $105 million verdict in Fulton County, Georgia on behalf of the parents of a teenager killed in a wreck when his 1985 GM pickup's fuel tanks exploded on impact. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak is pleased to announce that Brandon L. Peak, a partner in the firm, was recently selected as one of the On the Rise 40 under 40 Rising Stars. » READ MORE

A New Era For Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. BWP welcomes back congratulates now-name partner Brandon L. Peak and now-partner John C. "Buddy" Morrison III. » READ MORE

Langdale Miller Nalley et. al. v. Johnny Langdale et. al. A team of attorneys from Butler Wooten & Peak recently reached a confidential settlement in a breach of trust/breach of fiduciary duty case in Lowndes County. » READ MORE

Firm Partner Jim Butler was recently interviewed by Reporter Chuck Williams of the Ledger-Enquirer. » READ MORE

All partners of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP have been selected for inclusion on the 2014 listing of Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP Has Been Selected As A 2014 Member Of The Forum: America's 30 Most Influential Law Firms » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP reached a confidential settlement agreement with KPMG in tax shelter litigation. » READ MORE

A team of lawyers from Butler Wooten & Peak LLP recently secured a $2.5 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case involving a non-emergency transport company motor vehicle accident. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP proudly welcomes newly-admitted lawyer Joseph M. Colwell to the Columbus office as an Associate Attorney. » READ MORE

Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, and to our clients, friends, and colleagues who were unable to make it.

The auto defect litigation attorneys of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP respond to Chrysler's proposed fuel system fix. The rear-mounted fuel tank in the Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee is a defective design that has caused many fatal post-collision fires. Chrysler's attempt to 'fix' the problem by installing a hitch system on affected vehicles actually does little to fix the fatal defect. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is at the forefront of handling cases involving serious injury and wrongful death caused by defective fuel systems. The NHTSA just issued a safety recall of the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty because of design and performance defects that can lead to a post-collision fire fed by rear-mounted fuel tanks. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP was honored with the Guardian of Justice Award at the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association 2013 Annual Convention last week. This prestigious award is GTLA's highest honor. It is bestowed to a member who has given extraordinary service and support to the association and to the civil justice system. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is a proud sponsor of The Shepherd Center of Atlanta's Reasons Campaign to stop distracted driving fatalities and serious injuries. While many campaigns to stop dangerous, distracted driving have focused on statistics related to serious and fatal accidents caused by a texting driver, the Reasons campaign encourages everyone to think of why it is important to arrive safely at their own destination. » READ MORE

An Attorney of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP successfully handled an airbag defect case similar to the current Takata recall affecting almost three million vehicles in the United States. If metal shards from an airbag that was meant to protect you resulted in serious injury, our firm can help. » READ MORE

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that partners Jim Butler and George Fryhofer were selected as the best lawyers in their specialties in the State of Georgia, and are listed in the 2013 edition of Georgia's Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. » READ MORE

The Partners Of Georgia-Based Butler Wooten & Peak LLP Were Again Selected For Inclusion In The 2013 Georgia Super Lawyers And Rising Stars Lists
All five partners have been named to the 2013 Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists. Attorney Jeb Butler was also named to the Rising Stars list. » READ MORE

Court Allows Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Fraud in Veterans' Loans to Proceed
Six Banks Pay $161.7 Million to Settle Prior to Ruling. Case Against Wells Fargo and Mortgage Investors Moves to Trial. » READ MORE

Attorney Mary Weeks Elected To USA Shooting Board
Eight-time All-American Mary Weeks has been elected by athlete-members of USA Shooting to serve a four-year term as the Athlete Advisory Council Representative. Weeks succeeds two-time Olympian Connie Smotek as liaison for shooting athletes between the USOC and the USAS. » READ MORE

BWP selected as one of top ranked U.S. Law Firms
Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that it was selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell's 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. This special section will be featured in Fortune's "2013 Investors Guide" as well as the January 2013 editions of the magazines The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel. » READ MORE

BWP Partner Wooten receives Scroll Award
Butler Wooten & Peak LLP partner Joel Wooten was presented with the University of Georgia Law School Association's highest honor-the Distinguished Service Scroll Award this year. » READ MORE

$1.75 million deal ends appeal over death, sovereign immunity
August 3, 2012
The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission has settled a wrongful death case for $1.75 million, ending an appeal that would have tested whether the state's 12 regional commissions are entitled to sovereign immunity from lawsuits. » READ MORE

BWP Partners again recognized as 'Super Lawyers'
February 24, 2012
Butler Wooten & Peak LLP partners Jim Butler, Joel Wooten, George Fryhofer, and Leigh May have all been named 2012 Georgia Super Lawyers. Partner Brandon Peak has been named a 2012 Georgia Rising Star lawyer.

Honda announces worldwide recall for vehicles with defective airbags
December 2, 2011
Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles globally for unsafe air bags that may cause injuries or deaths. Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is one of the few law firms in the country which has successfully sued Honda over this very defect in Honda's airbags - and won a quick settlement for the victim.

Defective Airbag Sparks Honda Recall
December 4, 2011
My Fox-Atlanta
Watch Butler Wooten & Peak LLP attorney Leigh Martin May interviewed on Fox about the latest Honda airbag recall. You'll also meet our former client, Kristy Williams, who was severely injured by the same airbag defect. We successfully sued Honda on her behalf. » READ MORE

Butler and Bowen honored for excellence
Georgia Law alumni James E. Butler Jr. (J.D. '77) and Dudley H. Bowen Jr. (LL.B. '65) have been named the recipients of the law school Association's 2011 Distinguished Service Scroll Award.

Pro & Con: Are high schools doing enough to prevent heat-related deaths?
By: Ralph Swearngin and Buddy Morrison
Published in Atlanta Journal Constitution, August, 2011

The Georgia High School Association is deeply saddened to have had two students die after their involvement in football workouts this month, and we are concerned about the well-being of our athletes in the future. Buddy Morrison of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP elaborates on the issue. » READ MORE

Jury Duty Love
By: Jay Watson
Published in 11 Live News, July, 2011
Plenty of us have expended lots of energy in order to get out jury duty.

We worry, it will take us away from our jobs. Maybe it's a case that seems to difficult, too long, too complicated. Well this is a story about the amazing things that can happened when you CAN'T get out of jury duty. » VIEW VIDEO

Jury duty nets $25 a day-and a wedding
By: Greg Land
Published in Daily Report, June, 2011

The plaintiff in a 2009 Clayton County auto design-defect case won a $17.7 million award, but two of the jurors may have come out even better: They got each other. According to a press release from Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, which represented Wheeler at trial, when Mullen and Hull dropped in on Clayton County State Court Judge Morris E. Braswell in April to share the news of their engagement, he interrupted his proceedings to announce to the court that "something good comes out of jury duty." » READ MORE

Court of Appeals Allows Class Action Against Insurer
By: Greg Land
Published in Daily Report, July, 2010

In a resounding defeat for the defendant insurance company, the georgia Court of appeals has upheld a lower courts decision allowing a class action to proceed on behalf of potentially hundreds of thousands of customers who bought credit insurance when financing their vehicles, but who in cases in which the loans were paid off early or the cars were wrecked and the loans canceled were not provided refunds of those premiums. » READ MORE

Interview With Jim Butler
By: Raymond Doumar
Published in Verdict, Winter 2009

Jim Butler speaks about why he chose the practice of law, some of his memorable victories and advice for both plaintiff's and defense counsel. » READ MORE

Ford settles as jury considers damages: Woman Paralyzed in '05 Wreck; Design Flaws Blamed
By: Greg Land
Published in Daily Report, December, 2009

Already on the hook for the lion's share of a $17.7 million judgment and waiting for a decision from a jury that was out considering punitive damages, Ford Motor Co. decided to settle with a couple who sued following a Christmas 2005 wreck that left the woman paralyzed. » READ MORE

Children win in airport death suit: Family of construction worker who was run over, killed by dump truck is awarded $5.47 million
By: Andy Peters
Published in Daily Report, November 2009

Following a fatal accident on the construction site of the Atlanta airport's new international terminal, lawyers from two firms filed a wrongful-death suit against a dump-truck company. last month they obtained a $5.47 million verdict on behalf of the victim's four young children. » READ MORE

$13M win against DaimlerChrysler to keep firm busy
By: Zach Lowe
Published in Daily Report July, 2008

Lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP find themselves in the middle of a nationally watched punitive damages case after a closely divided Tennessee Supreme Court reversed a lower court and upheld a $13.4 million award to a mother whose infant son died in a 2001 car crash. » READ MORE

The Squire of Muscogee County: James Butler is as prepared as Winston Churchill and as down-to-earth as Atticus Finch
By: Kenna Simmons
Published in Georgia Super Lawyers 2008 March 2008

The first time I ever stood in front of a jury," James Butler says, "I knew I had died and gone to heaven." In the 30 years since that celestial moment, Butler has won four verdicts worth over $100 million each, while his firm, Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, has notched more than $1 billion in its top 10 wins. » READ MORE

Loan insurance class action settles for $45 million
By: Alyson M. Palmer
Published in Daily Report, November 2007

A nationwide class action over insurance policies that consumers buy when they take out retail loans has settled for $45 million. » READ MORE

Ford takes $13 million verdict to Ga. high court
By: Alyson M. Palmer
Published in Daily Report, September 2007

Arguments over A death-row inmate's mental capacity and a $13 million judgment against Ford Motor Co. highlighted the opening of the September term of the Supreme Court of Georgia. » READ MORE

The Advocate: Attorney Jim Butler creates a scholarship that supports the future of public interest law
By: Allyson Mann (MA '92)
Printed in: The University of Georgia Magazine, June 2006

In the lobby of Columbus law firm Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, there are two framed photographs from the 1962 movie "To Kill a Mockingbird." Chosen by Jim Butler (ABJ '72, JD '77), the images are of Atticus Finch as played by Gregory Peck. In one, Finch argues his case before the jury while his client-a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in a small, Depression-era Southern town-sits in the background. In the other, Finch walks out of the courtroom while the audience stands, demonstrating that he's won their respect by proving his client's innocence despite losing the case. "That's the moment when I first started thinking about becoming a lawyer," says Butler... » READ MORE

Butler Wins $105M Verdict in Chrysler Seat Back Case
By: Robin McDonald
Published in Fulton County Daily Report, December 2004

A Tennessee jury has socked DaimlerChrysler Corp. for $105.5 million after finding that a baby's 2001 death was caused by a faulty minivan seat. » READ MORE

State's Biggest Jury Award
By: Ben Schmitt
Published in Daily Report, December 1998

A Gwinnett jury award this month left all others in Georgia in the dust. The $454 million in compensatory and punitive damages was a victory for investors who attacked Time Warner's management of Six Flags Over Georgia, saying it cost them money. » READ MORE

Six Flags Verdict: $454 Million: Gwinnet Jury Hits Time Warner with $257 Million Judgement in Punitive Damages
By: Ben Schmitt
Published in Fulton County Daily Report, December 1998

The jury in an investors' suit over the operation of Six Flags Over Georgia on Monday delivered the second of two body blows to the park's former manager Time Warner--a one-two punch that totaled $454 million. » READ MORE

Firm Whips GM, Wants More: Lawyer in Ga. Case With Similar Facts Predicts Repeat of Big Alabama Award
By: Emily Heller
Published in Fulton County Daily Report, June 1996

A Columbus plaintiffs firm renowned for winning huge jury verdicts says its latest one, a $150 million award from an Alabama jury against General Motors Corp., increases the likelihood of success in two similar suits in Georgia. » READ MORE

Letter From Joanne McDaniel, February 1993
In the past several weeks I have watched, with great interest, the trial of Moseley v. General Motors. Never have I been so moved. Your passion and humanity was truly inspiring. » READ MORE

Putting GM Verdict in Historical Context: How Biggest Win in State Stacks Up
By: Paul Kvinta
Published in Fulton County Daily Report, February 1993

If there were a verdict Hall of Fame, what place of honor would last week's 105.24 million Fulton State Court award against General Motors Corp. command? » READ MORE

Punitive Damages Cap Under Attack: Plaintiffs Want Verdict To Stand
By: John L. Jackson
Published in Fulton County Daily Report, April 1990

The recent assault on the 1987 Tort Reform Act has not yet lifted the $250,000 cap on punitive damages. But personal injury lawyer James E. Butler Jr. attacked the cap on constitutional grounds Thursday, citing recent court decisions that whittle away at limits on punitive damages. » READ MORE

Sending Defense Lawyers a Message: Can Opponents Counter James Butler's Closing?
By: S. Richard Gard Jr.
Published in Fulton County Daily Report, Sept 1988

Plaintiff's attorney James E. Butler Jr.'s ability to put an entire industry on trial in an isolated torts case continues to confound the insurance defense bar. » READ MORE

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles globally for unsafe air bags that may cause injuries or deaths. Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is one of the few law firms in the country which has successfully sued Honda over this very defect in Honda's airbags - and won a quick settlement for the victim. » Read More

Watch Butler Wooten & Peak LLP attorney Leigh Martin May interviewed on Fox about the latest Honda airbag recall. You'll also meet our former client, Kristy Williams, who was severely injured by the same airbag defect. We successfully sued Honda on her behalf. » Read More