This is not the first time a Butler has practiced law out of this building, which is across the street from the historic Karnes County Courthouse. Ted Butler, Richard’s father and Clinton’s grandfather, conducted his law practice with the late Judge John May in the same building in the late 50s and early 60s. Judge Butler served as Karnes County Attorney and Karnes County Judge before going on to a highly successful career in San Antonio, where he served as the United States District Attorney for the Western District of Texas, Bexar County District Attorney, and Judge of the 226th District Court prior to his retirement in 1988.
Richard Butler and his wife Tina met and were married while both were attending Baylor University. After graduating from Baylor University School of Law in 1977, Richard lived and practiced law with the Dietze & Butler firm in Cuero, Texas, until 1989, when Richard, Tina and their two sons, Clinton and Dustin, moved to San Antonio. Richard practiced for 14 years with Soules & Wallace, a San Antonio firm well known for its expertise in civil trial work. In 2003, Richard Butler joined other members of the Soules & Wallace firm in merging with Langley & Banack, which is now San Antonio’s second largest firm.
Richard Butler was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Civil Trial specialist in 1991. He has been named as one of San Antonio’s top business litigation attorneys by Scene in SA Magazine, a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, a Best Lawyer in America, and has earned the prestigious AV rating from Martindale Hubbel. He is licensed in all United States District Courts in the state of Texas, the United States District Courts of Colorado, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. His areas of practice include not only business and energy litigation, but also landowner representation in oil and gas, agricultural and wildlife management matters.
Clinton Butler, a 2004 graduate of Baylor Law School, has developed his considerable trial skills acting as an Assistant District Attorney in Travis and Bexar Counties, and as defense counsel with the Dunham & Rogers firm in Austin. Clinton and his wife, Patricia, are expecting a baby girl in April. Clinton and Patricia live in Karnes City and are members of the Karnes City United Methodist Church.
Judge Ted Butler, who now resides in Boerne, still has many friends in Karnes County and will be acting as counsel for Butler Attorneys at Law, P.C., providing his son and grandson with invaluable advice and insight for their Karnes County practice. Judge Butler will attend the Grand Opening of the Butler offices on March 31, and looks forward to seeing many of his friends at that time.
The office building at 114 North Panna Maria has been a focal point for Karnes County law practice for many years. After Judge Butler left for San Antonio in 1963, the building served as the office of Judge Fred Klingeman for a number of years, and when Judge Klingeman left his practice to assume a position on the 4th Court of Appeals, the office was purchased by Walter Long and Marion Whitehead, who practiced in the building until their retirement in 2010. Richard Butler has a long history with the building, too. “When I was a little boy, I would come to this office every Saturday morning with my dad. I made a weekly salary of 25 cents for sweeping out the floors of the office.” Richard says most people who come into the renovated building now don’t recognize it once inside. “We think the renovations have made it a good place for us to work and a comfortable place for our clients to come to discuss their issues and get our help.”
The Butlers are assisted by long time professional assistants, Marjorie Lockstead and Carol DeLaGarza. They also work closely with Richard Butler’s former San Antonio partners, Luke Soules and Susan Patterson, and paralegal Holly Simmons on major litigation. “We have put together a litigation team with the experience, capabilities and capacity of a much larger firm,” says Richard. “Our firm’s goal is to help the citizens of Karnes County maximize the benefits of Eagle Ford Shale exploration and production while helping them preserve our county’s beautiful countryside and culture.”
Since starting his Karnes County practice in August, 2010, Richard Butler says the response from the Karnes County community has been overwhelming. “Tina and I have been made to feel very much at home here, and we are very grateful for the large amount of important and interesting legal work the people of Karnes County and the surrounding area have entrusted to us.” Richard and Tina live on their ranch near Coy City and attend church at Fashing United Methodist Church. Their youngest son, Dustin and his wife Eleanor have two sons, Daniel and Richard, and live in Pflugerville. Dustin, a former Peace Corps volunteer, is employed by the Texas Department of Family Services and is the President of a coffee importing and sales company, Forest Blends, LLC.
Since 1850, the Butlers have been engaged in cattle ranching, business, politics, and law practice in this area. The Butler family name is proudly rooted in Karnes County.