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David J. Butler
Partner-in-Charge

Ranked by Super Lawyers

DAVID BUTLER is the Partner-in-Charge of Taft’s Columbus office and is a business trial lawyer, experienced representing companies in a wide range of complex, commercial legal matters, including class actions and multi-district litigation. Butler also represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters involving wrongful death or serious bodily harm.

Representative Experience

  • Member of the firm’s special counsel group for the State of Ohio in the “national tobacco litigation,” contributing significantly to the record setting $10 billion settlement for the State of Ohio.
  • Counsel in multi-district litigation involving claims of thousands of individuals exposed to a chemical in their drinking water ("C8") that has been linked to causing six serious diseases (including two types of cancer) in humans.
  • Represents large Ohio state agency in two lawsuits, including a purported class action, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars of alleged premium overpayments.
  • Represents an owner municipal power company against an EPC contractor in breach of contract case, seeking millions of dollars of "sunk costs" incurred by the owner to develop and construct a coal-fired power plant that was ultimately cancelled.
  • Represented international lawn and garden company in successful enforcement actions involving Lanham Act violations and trademark/trade dress infringement.
  • Represented international construction and consulting company in fraud and breach of contract lawsuit resulting in favorable ruling on summary judgment and ultimate favorable settlement.
  • Represented international manufacturing company in prosecution of successful breach of contract lawsuit against supplier resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Represented state university in successful defense of discrimination and 42 USC §1983 claims by ex-student.
  • Represented surviving spouse and family members in wrongful death lawsuit resulting in substantial settlement and recovery.
  • Represented mother in personal injury matter involving motor vehicle accident leading to premature labor resulting in substantial settlement and recovery.
  • Represented large hospital system in substantial copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Appointed receiver by a state court and appointed special master by a federal district court in receivership and class action matters related to a multi-million dollar ponzi scheme; successfully collected millions of dollars for over 600 fraud victims as court-appointed receiver.
  • Represented Fortune 1000 national fast food restaurant in substantial recovery from its insurer in coverage dispute.
  • Representation of commercial photographer in copyright infringement case against large national companies.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in successful defense of a disappointed bidders’ fraud and open meetings act challenge to the state award of an 8 year, $45 million contract to provide electronic benefits transfer services to more than 450,000 Ohio food stamp recipients.
  • Represented the Ohio Department of Insurance in the successful seizure and takeover of Ohio’s leading medical malpractice insurer.
  • Represented large hair salon and day spa in numerous matters successfully enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Represented numerous minority shareholders of closely held corporations successfully in disputes involving a majority shareholder’s breach of fiduciary duty, “squeeze-outs,” self-dealing and unlawful oppression of minority shareholder rights.
  • Represented various insurance company executives in professional negligence actions brought by the Ohio Department of Insurance.
  • Represented municipal nonprofit corporation that owns and operates electric facilities in successful admiralty matter related to recovering substantial damages it incurred as a result of a barge accident on the Ohio River.
  • Represented regional short-line railroad company in successfully defending decision of Ohio Rail Development Commission awarding contract for operation of state-owned rail line.

Achievements and Awards

  • AV Peer Review (Preeminent) Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Honored by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation Law (2014-2018)
  • Listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer (2015-2017)
  • Listed as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers (2005-2007, 2009, 2011-2012)
  • Recipient, Columbus Bar Association Community Service Award (Under Age 36) (2004)
  • Recipient, Business First’s “Forty under 40” award for notable professional success and volunteer efforts (2004)

Professional Memberships and Community Service

  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Member, Judicial Screening Committee
    • Past Participant, Barrister Leadership Program
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • President, Columbus Chapter (2013-2014)
  • American Heart Association, Columbus Metro/Central Ohio Division of the Great Rivers Affiliate; Past President (2006– 2008); Board Member (2000 – Present)

Speeches and Publications

  • “All Majority Shareholders Should Be Aware of Their Responsibilities” Columbus Business First, October 27, 2006
  • “With Law On Their Side, Businesses Should Fight Insurance Claim Denials” Columbus Business First, December 22, 2009

Other Professional Experience

  • Extern to the Honorable Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court
  • Extern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida