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June 20 - Butler Wooten & Peak Opens New Office in Savannah

Category: Law

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 20, 2018 - Butler Wooten & Peak (BWP) and its partners have handled cases in Savannah and the coastal Georgia area for over 30 years, and has now opened an office in Downtown Savannah.

“We’ve got cases pending there now, and lots of friends in the Bar both in Savannah and elsewhere along the Coast,” said Brandon L. Peak of BWP. “This will make helping people on the Coast easier for us.”

James E. Butler, Jr. of BWP anticipates spending even more time in Savannah than he has for the past several years. “Years ago I tried several cases in Savannah, but have not had that opportunity lately,” Butler said. “I look forward to doing so more.”

BWP partner Joel O. Wooten was counsel in the largest environmental cases settlements in Georgia history – cases pending in Brunswick. Mr. Wooten is currently a member of the Georgia Ports Authority and Chair of the Jasper Ocean Terminal Joint Venture (with the State of South Carolina), and was formerly Chair of the Board of Regents of the Georgia University System.

BWP has had offices in Atlanta and Columbus since the firm was founded in 1988. Jim Butler opened an Atlanta office in 1982, prior to the founding of the firm. The firm’s Savannah office will be located in the Realty Building, 24 Drayton Street Suite 1000. BWP has handled cases in 32 states and in two-thirds of Georgia’s 159 counties. The firm specializes in civil cases involving trucking and serious personal injury, pharmaceutical claims, business torts, whistleblower (False Claims Act) claims, products liability, environmental issues, and breach of fiduciary duty/breach of trust claims. BWP has set the record for largest verdict in Georgia history four times – no other lawyer or law firm has done so more than once, as well as setting records for verdicts and settlements in several other states (for example, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Montana). BWP also represents “Fortune 500” companies with whom the partners have a relationship.

No law firm in Georgia history can come close to matching BWP's level of success both in trials and in settlements. BWP partners have won 6 verdicts over $100 million, 51 verdicts and settlements over $10 million and 177 verdicts and settlements over $1 million - more verdicts over $100 million than any firm in Georgia; more verdicts over $10 million than any firm in Georgia; and more verdicts and settlements over $1 million than any firm in Georgia. Just as recent examples, BWP won the largest settlements in Georgia in 2016 and 2017 (the 2017 settlement was a False Claims Act case), the largest verdict in Georgia in 2015, and the largest settlements in Georgia in 2014 and 2012.

Founded in 1988, BWP will celebrate the firm’s 30th anniversary this summer. “This firm has the best lawyers and best staff of any time in our long history,” Wooten noted. BWP is dedicated to successful representation of injured parties and the pursuit of full justice, and continues to achieve unrivaled results for its clients. The firm is widely known and respected for the quality of its litigation, trial, and appellate work, and for its creative, innovative litigation strategies and techniques. BWP has pioneered many of the approaches now common in major litigation throughout the country and remains on the cutting edge of developments in law and in the representation of injured parties—whether individuals or businesses. The firm devotes whatever resources are necessary to fully investigate and develop a client’s case, and the lawyers work closely with referring and associated lawyers, as well as with lawyers throughout the nation who are involved in similar litigation.

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