Brian Butler, Esq. (502) 594-1802

Brian Butler
Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney, Brian Butler was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Butler is also a former chief state prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Louisville. Mr. Butler supervised a unit with multiple attorneys responsible for prosecuting everything from white collar fraud to capital murder. Prior to relocating to Louisville, Brian Butler was a United States Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) where he served both as a military prosecutor and a military criminal defense attorney.

Aside from significant criminal litigation experience both as a criminal defense lawyer and as a federal, state and military prosecutor, Brian Butler is also an adjunct professor at Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, where he periodically teaches trial skills and criminal procedure. As a prosecutor, Mr. Butler 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.

Brian Butler's Previous Legal Experience

Assistant United States Attorney Western District of Kentucky

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Brian practiced in Federal Courts in Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro. Brian prosecuted federal crimes including drug trafficking, Title III (wiretap) cases, firearms cases, violent crimes and numerous other federal crimes. Brian also redrafted and assisted in implementing the U.S. Attorney's Office's policy for selecting and prosecuting gun crimes.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney / Chief of General Trial Louisville, Kentucky

As an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and Chief of General Trial Unit, Brian obtained significant trial experience handling cases such as white collar fraud, murder, robbery, domestic violence, sexual offenses, crimes against children, theft, and drug trafficking. During his tenure at the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Brian prosecuted many of the highest profile cases in Jefferson County.

Judge Advocate (JAG) United States Navy

As a JAG, Brian defended and prosecuted military offenses, drug trafficking, drug possession, fraud, sexual offenses, theft, and violent crime in military courts. Brian received two Navy Achievement Medals for litigation successes.


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. (1995)

  • Harold Weber Award for Oral Advocacy
  • Dean's List
  • National Moot Court Team

University of Kentucky, B.A. (1991)

  • Graduated with High Honors
  • Dean's List


Adjunct faculty, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville

  • Brian periodically teaches trial skills and criminal procedure to law students

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

  • Brian taught trial advocacy to prosecutors from every jurisdiction in the United St

Adjunct faculty (former), Air Force Judge Advocate School, Maxwell Air Force Base

  • Brian taught trial advocacy to Air Force JAGS

Adjunct Instructor (former), Louisville Metro Police Training Academ

  • Brian taught federal criminal law to Louisville Metro Police Recr

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 ""