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BWP Partner Joel O. Wooten Named to Georgia Business Court Rules Commission

BWP Partner Joel O. Wooten has been named as one of eight inaugural members to a commission created to help formulate the rules for Georgia’s new Statewide Business Court. All of the new Business Court Commission members were chosen because of their professional expertise and dedication to public service, said Business Court Judge Walter Davis. Among the new commission’s first tasks will be formulating the rules for the business court. The Georgia Statewide Business Court, a new class of court, was established by constitutional amendment in 2018, and will begin hearing cases on August 1, 2020.

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Veterans Legal Clinic Improves Lives

Improving the lives of veterans living in Georgia is the goal of UGA School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Individuals seeking help from the clinic can call 706-542-6439 or send an email to veteranslegalclinic@uga.edu. The Veterans Legal Clinic is funded by a lead gift from BWP Partner Jim Butler. See original article  in UGA TODAY. Click below to watch a video.

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UGA Law Again Guarantees Aid for Veterans Thanks to the Butler Commitment

“Jim Butler continues to strongly believe in those who have served our country similar to his father and brother, and the school is happy to honor the Butler family connection to military service in this manner,” UGA Law School Dean Bo Rutledge said. UGA School of Law renews Butler Commitment

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BWP Lawyers Secure Record-Setting Verdict: $280 Million

BWP lawyers Brandon Peak, Joel Wooten, Chris McDaniel, Ramsey Prather & Team secured a record-setting verdict in the amount of $280 million in the wrongful death tractor-trailer case of 58 year old Judy Madere v. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., Schnitzer Steel Southeast, Inc. & their truck driver on Friday, August 23. Madere was killed along with her twin sister, her daughter & her two grandchildren after the truck driver crossed the center line & hit their vehicle in its lane of travel. The jury returned the largest civil verdict in Muscogee County, Georgia history after deliberating for 45 minutes. See… read more

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Partners Jim Butler & Brandon Peak Selected as 2019 Georgia’s Best Lawyers

BWP is pleased to announce that partners Jim Butler and Brandon Peak were again selected as among the best lawyers in their respective specialties in the State of Georgia, and are listed in the 2019 edition of Georgia’s Best Lawyers. Peak was also an honoree for “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Plaintiffs Litigation. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Jim, Brandon, and all of the lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP focus their practice on business torts, personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, trucking, and federal qui tam “whistleblower”… read more

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James E. Butler Gift Guarantees Aid for Veterans at UGA Law

By Katheryn Tucker | February 04, 2019 With a gift form a well-known graduate, the University of Georgia law school has announced it will guarantee financial aid to veterans. “Thanks to the generous support to date, the School of Law has reached the point where every veteran currently enrolled in the entering class will receive financial aid,” UGA Law Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge said in a statement to be released Tuesday. “What better way to honor military women and men for their service than to provide them monetary support for their education.” Rutledge added, “I am grateful to renowned trial attorney… read more

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Committee Appointments Announced at the State Bar of Georgia

BWP is proud to announce the recent appointments of several of our attorneys to State Bar of Georgia Committees. Brandon Peak, Tedra Cannella, and Ramsey Prather were appointed to the Bench and Bar Committee. Cannella was also appointed to the Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom Committee. Joel Wooten and Ramsey Prather were appointed to the Business Courts Committee. Rob Snyder was appointed to the Judicial Procedure and Administration/Uniform Rules Committee.

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High Praise for Joel Wooten from Georgia High Court

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines with Justices Keith Blackwell and Nels Peterson surprised founding partner Joel Wooten with an Amicus Curiae Award.  The resolution states that Wooten has had a “profound impact on the State of Georgia and its legal system” and is “described by his colleagues and friends as a quiet man of understated excellence, who is devoted and equally kind to people from all walks of life, who is always calm, well-prepared, and can be counted on to get the job done, and who never calls attention to himself.” To read full details, download a pdf… read more

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Butler Wooten & Peak Opens New Office in Savannah

Butler Wooten & Peak (BWP) and its partners have handled personal injury 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,… read more

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Cases Against Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. and Hankook Tire America Corporation Settled For Confidential Amount

Butler Wooten & Peak is pleased to announce that attorneys Brandon Peak, David Rohwedder, Christopher McDaniel and Rory Weeks along with Ragan Dudley of Homesley Gaines Dudley & Clodfelter of Statesville NC settled five wrongful death cases and twelve personal injury cases against tire manufacturer Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, Hankook Tire America Corporation, for a confidential amount just before opening statements were made in the Superior Court of Iredell County, North Carolina.  The case, Smith, et al. v. Hankook Tire Co. Ltd, et al., involved the catastrophic failure of a Hankook brand tire on the front left wheel… read more

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