Alex Dathorne, Esq. (502) 472-6804

Alex Dathorne
Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Dathorne also served as the Chief narcotics prosecutor (Drug Czar) at the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Louisville. He supervised multiple attorneys and staff.

Mr. Dathorne also prosecuted many of Louisville's high profile violent crime cases. Prior to relocating to Louisville, Mr. Dathorne was a prosecutor in Lexington, Kentucky. Aside from significant criminal litigation experience both as a criminal defense lawyer and as a prosecutor, Alex Dathorne is also an adjunct professor at Brandeis Law School (University of Louisville) where he periodically teaches trial skills and criminal procedure. As a prosecutor, Mr. Dathorne was an adjunct faculty member at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina where he taught trial skills to prosecutors from throughout the United States.


Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Jefferson County / Narcotics Chief (Drug Czar)

As an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and Chief of Narcotics, Alex obtained significant trial experience. Aside from prosecuting nearly all of the Louisville's major drug cases, Alex also handled numerous violent crime cases. Alex drafted the Commonwealth Attorney's Office's guidelines for drug prosecutions.

Assistant County Attorney in Fayette County

As an Assistant County Attorney, Alex prosecuted and tried numerous criminal cases in Lexington, Kentucky. Among the many cases he prosecuted were numerous DUI cases, drug cases and domestic violence cases.


University of Kentucky Law School, J.D. (1993)

University of Kentucky, B.A. (1990)
University of Miami



Adjunct faculty, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville

  • Alex periodically teaches trial skills and criminal procedure to law studen

Adjunct faculty (former), National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina

  • Alex taught trial advocacy to prosecutors from every jurisdiction in the United States

Adjunct Instructor (former), Louisville Metro Police Training Academy

  • • Alex taught criminal law to Louisville Metro Police Recruits

>Dathorne & Butler, LLC

Dathorne and Butler have significant trial experience at both the state and federal level. Their practice focuses heavily on criminal defense. Their clients include or have included business CEOs, doctors, pharmacists, lawyers, judges, police officers, federal agents, and corrections officers. Dathorne & Butler, LLC has successfully defended many of highest profile cases and clients in the Louisville area including Jason Stinson (PRP football coach charged in the death of his player), Katie McCoy (Bellarmine student charged with killing her newborn child), Steve Henry (former Lieutenant Governor charged with campaign finance violations), Mike Bishop (charged in the "ding dong ditch" case), and David Whitlock (Constable charged with shooting a shoplifter). For more information about Dathorne & Butler, LLC or to watch trial footage of Dathorne or Butler, please go to ""