Jeb Butler, Butler | Kahn (North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 595)
Jeb Butler, Partner with Butler | Kahn, joined host John Ray on this episode of North Fulton Business Radio. He discussed how Butler | Kahn is different than other personal injury law firms that engage in endless advertising, what to look for when selecting a personal injury attorney, how he views personal injury law as a way to help people when they are in critical need, success stories, and much more.
Butler | Kahn
Some law firms take in huge numbers of cases, then settle them for less money than they should. Not Butler | Kahn. They take a small number of cases, then deliver maximum value for each of their clients. They turn away more cases than they accept as that ensures every client they have the honor of representing gets their closest attention. If you call Butler | Kahn and they’re unable to take your case, they can almost always connect you with another law firm that can help.
Jeb Butler, Partner, Butler | Kahn
Being a lawyer isn’t about flash and glory. Winning a case for your client takes work, focus, and discipline. The made-for-TV moments are few and far between. Winning your client’s case means doing the little things right, from the first time you shake your client’s hand until you hand them a check.
Winning doesn’t depend on a single moment of creative brilliance – it isn’t that easy. Winning means grinding it out. Winning means digging deep into the facts before the case is filed, pressing the defense to turn over the evidence, crafting unanswerable deposition questions, revising your briefs until they are perfect, and obsessively preparing for trial. Winning also requires confidence and execution, but there are many lawyers who can do that.
What sets Jeb and our firm apart is what nobody ever sees. It’s the unglamorous grunt work. It’s reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents to find the one smoking gun. It’s the little things that he does over the months and years that a case is pending. As Jeb’s father has long said, you build a case like you build a house – one brick at a time. It’s not about flash and glory.
Jeb likes being a lawyer. That isn’t true of all lawyers – there are many who would rather be doing something else. But you can’t work as hard as Jeb does or build a firm like this one unless you like what you’re doing. Jeb likes helping people. He likes the intellectual challenges that practicing law brings. But if you ask him, he’ll usually admit that even more than that, he likes beating adversaries who deserve to be beaten and winning cases that bring about change.
Jeb says that he has been lucky to work on several cases that have made systemic changes. He was part of the trial team that won a $150,000,000 verdict in a product liability case after Chrysler put the gas tanks in certain Jeeps right next to the rear bumper – which no manufacturer does anymore. He handled a police chase case that resulted in policy changes to better protect innocent lives. He has worked on cases involving a hospital chain that regularly falsified its medical records to get more money from Medicare and he won a $500,000 verdict on behalf of a woman who had been sexually abused by her pastor for nearly a decade and whom the pastor had publicly accused of lying. Other case results that can be publicly disclosed include a $45,000,000 settlement in a motorcycle accident case, a $3,973,260 settlement after a boating accident, and a $1,250,000 settlement in a pedestrian case. He has obtained several other multimillion-dollar
Questions and Topics in this Interview
- How are you different than gimmicky advertisements from personal injury lawyers on radio, TV, and billboards?
- If you ask lawyers why they do what they do, they almost always say they want to help people. Do you really think you can help people, or is it all about the money?
- How should someone pick a personal injury lawyer?
- Is there really that big of a difference between one personal injury firm to the next?
- What if a client doesn’t want to go to trial, but wants to settle out of court, can any lawyer handle that?
- If a client hires you and doesn’t like you, can they fire you?
- Do you like your job?
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