David J. Butler is partner-in-charge of Taft’s Columbus office. He is a business trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex civil litigation, mass tort class actions and multi-district litigations. David brings his proactive approach to challenging, specialized casework.
He concentrates his practice in federal court, representing companies in a wide range of nuanced, commercial and mass tort legal matters. He also routinely serves as local counsel in federal court.
A critical member of the Taft litigation team, David’s experience includes leading the firm’s special counsel team for a large Ohio agency, handling high-stakes business, healthcare fraud and abuse and construction litigation, and headline-making mass tort environmental and pharmaceutical cases.
When the state of Ohio faced tobacco litigation, he and the Ohio team helped secure a record-setting $10 billion settlement for the state. Prior to his time at Taft, David served as extern to the Honorable Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.
He currently serves on the development board of Riverside Hospital and is an active member of the Columbus, Ohio, American and Federal Bar Associations.
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