Timothy A. Butler represents clients in high-stakes litigation, government enforcement and regulatory matters. He provides pragmatic, cost-efficient advice to companies and executives facing their most challenging disputes. He regularly represents tech, fintech, financial services and healthcare companies.
Tim helps clients navigate complex business disputes and matters involving state and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general.
He is a seasoned trial attorney. As a government attorney, he obtained judgments totaling over $80 million, prosecuted several first-of-their-kind enforcement actions and trained trial teams on best practices. He is also a top-notch appellate attorney.
He has drafted dozens of appellate briefs, including briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of Georgia. Prior to joining the firm, Tim served as counsel for legal policy and deputy solicitor general in the Georgia attorney general’s office.
As counsel for legal policy, Tim was the Georgia attorney general’s chief policy advisor and principal liaison to the National Association of Attorneys General, the Republican Attorneys General Association and the Georgia General Assembly.
As deputy solicitor general, Tim supervised and directed significant appellate and trial matters, including multistate litigation, enforcement and regulatory matters.
Before joining the Georgia attorney general’s office, Tim was a prosecuting attorney at the FTC, where his practice focused on matters involving mobile technology or systematic fraud risk, and an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where his practice focused on appellate matters and intellectual property and technology matters.
Representative Matters :
- Representing technology, financial services and healthcare firms in state and federal investigations, including those related to the False Claims Act, data breaches, unfair and deceptive trade practices and antitrust investigations.
- Obtained a settlement in favor of the FTC for $40 million following an investigation of false advertising practices by a wireless-phone service provider.
- Represented the FTC in a first-of-its-kind investigation and prosecution of a payment processor for assisting and facilitating violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule that resulted in a settlement in favor of the FTC for over $3.4 million.
- Represented the state of Georgia in an investigation and prosecution of a financial services firm for violations of Georgia’s licensing and usury laws that resulted in a settlement in the state’s favor for over $40 million.
- Represented numerous amici curiae, including the Georgia attorney general, other state attorneys general, the Washington Legal Foundation and former secretaries of the U.S. Department of the Interior, in a petition and merit-stage briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Represented technology firms, including Google, Samsung, SolidWorks and Zynga, in intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, unfair competition and false advertising matters.
Professional and Community Involvement :
- Stanford Alumni Club of Atlanta
- University of Chicago Alumni Club of Atlanta
- Federalist Society, Atlanta Lawyer’s Chapter
- Federal Bar Association
- Atlanta Bar Association
Professional Experience :
- Counsel for Legal Policy & Deputy Solicitor General, Georgia Attorney General’s Office, 2015-2017
- Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, 2013-2015
- Law Clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2007-2008
- Stanford Law School, J.D., 2007
- University of Chicago, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 2003
BAR ADMISSIONS : California, Georgia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Georgia Trial Courts
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