Brian T. Butler
Brian T. Butler is an experienced litigator handling complex, large, insurance-related claims often involving serious injuries, wrongful death, fires, explosions, and other catastrophic claims in the industrial, products liability, oil and gas, premises liability, employer liability, trucking, and automobile sectors. Brian is experienced in early intervention in claims including, investigation, retention of experts and defense of complex claims. Brian also has a successful motion practice, often having claims dismissed prior to trial.
While Brian's general litigation practice is focused on Louisiana, he represents clients in accident reconstruction and litigation avoidance in state and federal courts. Before joining Keogh Cox, he was an in-house counsel for 25 years with one of the largest property and casualty carriers in the world.
Clients regard Brian as a leader in forensic investigations and the use of early intervention to shape the story of a case and resolve litigation before a suit is filed or goes to trial. For example, Brian has been involved in the investigation and defense of fire cases with potential exposure in excess of $10 million. He works regularly with experts on accidents and injuries, including engineering, accident reconstruction and analysis of auto black-box data, fire liability forensic investigations and personal injury treatment methodologies
- Successfully defended a multimillion-dollar fire claim in the United States District Court for the Western District, State of Louisiana, in which plaintiff claimed his client was responsible for a large fire which resulted in millions of dollars of losses. After a week jury trial, the jury came back in favor of Brian’s client.
- Successfully defended a company in an action brought against an employee and his employer, when the employee struck a pedestrian, killing them. The employee was accused of being intoxicated at the time of the accident. Brian was able to get the claims against the employer dismissed on a motion for summary judgment.
- Represented a furniture manufacturer on a products liability case, where a chair collapsed at a casino, causing severe injuries to the patron. The issue was whether there was a defect in the chair or if the chair had not been properly maintained. The case was complicated by the fact that the plaintiff suffered complications when she had back surgery, which resulted in a multi month hospitalization. Brian was able to get the case resolved where his client only paid a small percentage of the settlement of the matter.
- Represented the manufacturer of an electronic product for a number of years who was often put on notice following fires throughout the U.S. Working with the client, Brian was able to learn about the design and operation of the product. Combined with his knowledge of fire investigations, he was able to coordinate numerous investigations, which resulted in no claim or suit being brought against the client.
- Team lead on a post-accident investigation involving a propane flash fire at an oil well site in Louisiana. Brian selected the investigative team and directed the investigation, which concluded that the cause of the fire was a faulty hose on the propane tanker. When the suit was subsequently filed in another state, the investigation allowed the client to successfully defend the suit.
- Louisiana State Bar association
- Baton Rouge Bar Association
- J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1986
- B.S., Louisiana State University, 1983
– Bachelor of Business Administration
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