Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

What We Are

Butler is a civil litigation firm.  We are unique because our practice is devoted entirely to defense and insurance litigation.  Our clients are corporations, insurance companies, and insured individuals.  Our representation has taken us across the United States, to Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean.  We aspire to provide the highest quality counsel while, at the same time, meeting the administrative demands of our institutional clients.  After 35 years, our record speaks for itself.

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Who We Are

At Butler, service, teamwork and principles are not mere words.  They’re who we are and what we do.  Service is what we bring to our clients, to one another, and to the community at large. Teamwork, too, describes the way we interact with one another. And our seven guiding principles define how we serve, and how we work together, 100% of the time.

Community is important.  How do we define the Butler community?   It isn’t a way of speaking or dressing.  Nor is it a boundary or location.  Our community, in the sense we mean it, is defined by common principles, common goals and common purposes.  And, our focus is on integrity.  Our goal is fulfilling the legal needs of our clients.  Our purpose is building and sustaining a professional practice at the highest level.  Moreover, the Butler community includes receptionists, bookkeepers, assistants, paralegals and our entire administrative staff.  And best of all, if we succeed, the Butler community includes our clients.

Butler embraces diversity in our nation, in our communities, and in our hiring practices.  Why is diversity important in the workplace?  Why do we embrace it as a fundamental objective?  Why is it inherently good for people from varying backgrounds to work together?  We believe when people who are diverse work together, their shared tasks become the things that bind them.  The work at hand, and the collaboration of bringing it to a successful end, creates an improved community and a higher quality work product for our clients. In that sense, diversity dissolves differences.  And, in the process, it enriches our lives and opens our minds.

Butler is also committed to charitable giving and aiding others who need our support.  This is more than charity, more than philanthropy.  It requires some measure of personal sacrifice – sharing one’s time and energy to benefit others and, ultimately, to benefit all.  That’s why we encourage our lawyers and staff to be leaders and volunteers in community projects and professional organizations.  We also believe that our participation provides a demonstrable benefit to our clients. 

Our Principles

  • To deliver superlative work products at all times
  • To provide honest, practical, and business-savvy evaluations and assessments
  • To prepare clear plans of action and execute them
  • To partner with our clients as a synergistic team – every step of the way
  • To resolve matters expeditiously
  • To maintain frequent written communications with our clients
  • To adhere to all client guidelines

How We Started

One opens a door.  Many pass through.

How rare it is, that a person makes a decisive and dramatic personal change; a seemingly instantaneous alteration of his life’s direction and avocation.  But that's what happened when, in 1979, the former minister of the First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, his wife and two young sons, packed every stick of their possessions and pointed the car to Tampa, Florida.  It was there that the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Jurisprudence founded the law firm which, today, is Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig.

At a glance, it would seem that two careers could scarcely be more opposed than the Church and the Law; the one dealing, as it does, in spiritual comfort; the other in earthly conflict.  But yet a closer look reveals how, in the case of Paul Butler and the firm he made, there are deep-seated commonalities.  One is service; service to others and service to clients.  The welfare of the client and the protection of the client’s interests are, and always must be, at the root of all we do in providing a professional service.  Nothing is too great for the client to ask, and nothing too hard that it cannot be achieved with diligence, devotion and teamwork.   

Another fundamental principle linking such disparate worlds is integrity.  Said Paul:  “In our law practice, we will not end with advising our clients what the law allows them to do.  We will, in the proper instance, counsel them on what is the right thing to do.”  For more than thirty-five years, this motif has set Butler apart and garnered both appreciation and respect from clients.

Not surprisingly, as a young lawyer, Paul had been drawn to the problems of the disadvantaged and powerless.  And, in the fullness of time, he has returned to that calling, as President and Chairman of “Faces in Need,” a charity that operates the Manaleni Achievement Centre in KwaMhlanga, South Africa. 

In the meantime, Butler has prospered and grown.  Paul’s inculcation of the principles: service, teamwork and doing the right thing, has stood the firm in good stead with clients and friends from Tampa, to Miami, to Tallahassee, to Mobile, to Charlotte, to Chicago and to Philadelphia.  One opens a door.  Many pass through.