Attorney Profile

James G. Butler, Jr.

James Butler, Jr.

Butler Viadro, LLP
414 13th Street, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Butler Viadro, LLP
Phone 510-287-2400
Fax 510-287-2401
Industry Groups: California Applicant's Attorneys Association; Legislative Chair/Past President

Selections

Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2015

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 years bottom-image

Practice Areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Workers' Compensation

Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Profile

As a partner at Butler Viadro, LLP, James G. Butler, Jr., is dedicated to serving clients in San Francisco and Oakland, California. He also represents people throughout the Bay Area as well as in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. Mr. Butler focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury, generally handling cases that involve the following: auto accidents, dangerous or defective products, elevator accidents, industrial accidents, maritime accidents, professional negligence matters and refinery accidents. He also accepts union workers' compensation litigation cases.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982, Mr. Butler went on to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law. From there, he earned a Juris Doctor in 1987.

For nearly 30 years, Mr. Butler has committed himself to advocating for his clients and their rights. Having been seriously injured, himself, in a hit-and-run accident as a teen, he has a personal understanding of the devastating impact that injuries resulting from the negligence and intentional actions of others can have on victims. For that reason, Mr. Butler strives to reach favorable resolutions and obtain fair compensation awards for his clients. He works closely with his clients and listens to their needs, to better serve them with the customized guidance they deserve. In recognition of his success, Mr. Butler has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a certified workers' compensation specialist through The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Outside the courtroom, Mr. Butler is an active member of the legal community. He currently serves on the board of governors and as the secretary for the executive board of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

About James Butler, Jr.

Law School: University of San Francisco School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage: www.butlerviadro.com/Attorneys/James-G-Butler.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility (Law School)
  • Awards for best brief and best oral argument for the law school's Moot Court Competition
  • Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Workers Compensation, State of California, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1996
  • California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Board of Governors, California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Chair, Third Party Issues Committee, California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Past Chair, Third Party Work Place Injury Practice Group for the SFTLA
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) since 1997
  • American Association for Justice
  • Secretary, Executive Board of the California Applicants Attorneys Association, 2010 - 2011
  • President, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 - 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • SFTLA's Health Insurance Committee
  • SFTLA's Community Involvement Committee
  • Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, 1984 - 1987

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Injured Worker Survival Guide (published annually in 1987 through 1995)
  • Annual SFTLA Lien Seminar, SFTLA, 1984 - 2010
  • Varioust Seminar Topics, CAAA, 1987 - 2011
  • Lectures frequently before Labor Unions and Statewide Lawyer Organizations

Representative Clients:

  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers'
  • The Boilermakers' Union
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors

Educational Background:

  • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, B.A., 1982
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