Experience Counts

United States District Court
  • Medicaid Fraud Defense
  • Medicare Fraud Defense
  • Wire Fraud Defense
  • Mail Fraud Defense
  • Structuring Defense
  • Identity Theft Defense
  • Firearm Offenses Defense
  • Child Pornography Defense
  • Drug Trafficking Defense
  • Wiretap Experience
Kentucky District & Circuit Court and Indiana Superior & Circuit Court
  • Murder Defense
  • Assault Defense
  • Robbery Defense
  • Drug Trafficking Defense
  • White Collar Fraud Defense
  • Theft Defense
  • Sexual Offenses Defense
  • Firearms Offenses Defense
Brian Butler addresses the media following the arraignment of Pleasure Ridge Park High School Football Coach Jason Stinson
Courier-Journal January 16th, 2012 - Butler and Dathorne have tackled high-profile cases - and won - Read entire article


WHAS 11 NEWS June 17th, 2011 - View Video

Dathorne & Butler have significant trial experience at both the federal and state level. Dathorne & Butler's clients include or have included politicians, business CEOs, doctors, judges, lawyers, corrections officers and police officers. Dathorne & Butler has successfully defended some of the highest profile cases and clients in the Louisville area.

Stinson found Not Guilty of Reckless Homicide and Wanton Endangerment
Brian Butler, along with criminal defense lawyer Alex Dathorne, achieved an acquittal on all charges against Pleasure Ridge Park Head Football Coach Jason Stinson in a nationally significant case involving homicide and wanton endangerment charges stemming from the death of a high school football player during a practice. This case marks the first time that a coach was ever criminally charged for events that took place at a practice. watch trial footage

McCoy found Not Guilty of Murder, Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide
In another recent highly publicized case both nationally and regionally, Brian Butler and Alex Dathorne achieved a not guilty verdict on murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide charges in the matter of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Kathryn McCoy stemming from allegations that Ms. McCoy, a Bellarmine University student-athlete, delivered and murdered her infant child in her dormitory bathroom and disposed of the infant. watch trial footage


As a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, a former Division Chief (Supervisor) in the Jefferson County (Louisville) Commonwealth Attorney's Office (prosecutor's office) and a former United States Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), Brian Butler has extensive trial experience in Federal, State and Military courts. Brian is familiar with both Federal and State Courts and can assist you throughout the legal process. He is licensed to practice law in Federal Courts in the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky and federal court in Southern District of Indiana. He is also licensed to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Indiana.