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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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Serious Personal Injury Case Settled for $5.6 Million on Eve of Trial

Butler Wooten & Peak is pleased to announce that Partners James E. Butler, Jr. & Robert Snyder settled two significant personal injury cases for $5.6 million two weeks before trial.  The case involved two young ladies who were involved in a motor vehicle wreck when they were hit by a Downey Trees company employee driving a company truck.  The truck failed to stop at a red light and hit the back of the ladies’ car going 67 miles per hour.  The driver suffered a serious brain injury and spent four days in the intensive care unit.  The passenger was also… read more

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Butler Wooten & Peak is proud to annouce that Brandon L. Peak has been appointed to Mercer Law Board of Visitors

Brandon L. Peak, a partner in Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Visitors of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. The Board is an advisory group to Mercer Law Dean Cathy Cox. Brandon graduated magna cum laude and first in his class from Mercer Law in 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The Citadel in 2001. Brandon is a trial lawyer who handles cases across a wide array of practice areas. Brandon has successfully handled product liability, personal injury, whistleblower, trucking, and class action… read more

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Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that the firm settled a whistleblower case

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP has settled a whistleblower case brought under the federal False Claims Act against Wells Fargo for $108 million. The case involved Wells Fargo charging veterans unallowable fees on a classification of VA mortgage loans called “IRRRL” loans. The VA guarantees a substantial portion of these loans, thereby reducing the bank’s risk. On behalf of our clients, we sought repayment of the guarantees that Wells Fargo collected on loans that went into default and foreclosure. Wells Fargo should never have received those payments from the Government if it would have truthfully informed the VA that it… read more

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The University of Georgia School of Law is establishing a Veterans Legal Services Clinic

Funded by a lead gift from renowned trial attorney and alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. in memory of his father, Lt. Cmdr. James E. Butler Sr., The University of Georgia School of Law is establishing a Veterans Legal Services Clinic. The new clinic will provide veterans in Georgia with legal assistance they might not otherwise have access to or be able to afford, with particular regard to denied or deferred claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It also includes an educational scholarship component. Read more 

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Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that all of the firm’s partners were again selected as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers or 2017 Rising Stars.

Jim Butler and Joel Wooten were once again named Georgia Super Lawyers. Butler was also named to the Georgia Top 100 List. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. This honor is reserved for less than 5% of attorneys practicing in Georgia. Partners Brandon Peak, Buddy Morrison, and Tedra Cannella were named Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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Recently, the University of Georgia School of Law dedicated the James E. Butler Courtroom.

Located on the first floor of Dean Rusk Hall, this courtroom honors three generations of the Butler family. The occasion included the unveiling of a portrait of James E. “Jim” Butler, Jr. (JD‘77) by artist Beth Stephens that hangs outside the courtroom

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Appeals Court Affirms $40M Wrongful Death Judgment Against Chrysler

The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed Decatur County Superior Court Judge Chason’s rulings in Walden v. FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automotives, formerly known as “Chrysler.”) reducing the verdict from $120 million to $40 million. The Walden v. Chrysler case was tried last year, in Bainbridge, GA, resulting in a verdict on April 2, 2015. Four ½ year old Remington (“Remi”) Walden died in flames after the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was a passenger was rear-ended and the gas tank, which was located at the extreme rear of the car, burst. The ruptured tank caused a gas-fed fire that Remington… read more

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