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Julian D. Butler

Tel: 256-536-1711
Margaret Nivens

Julian represents clients in civil litigation matters. Municipal law is also a focus area, having served as Madison County attorney for 35 years.

  • Recipient, AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, a reflection of having achieved preeminent status in the areas of professional skill and integrity

  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Ligitation
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial LItigation
  • Best of Class, Commercial Litigation Law
  • Alabama State Bar
    • Environmental Law Section, former chairman
  • University of Alabama Center for Public Law & Service, former chairman



  • University of Alabama School of Law
    LLB, 1963
  • University of Alabama
    BS, 1961

Additional Accolades

University of Alabama

  • Student Body president




  • Alabama Department of Archives and History, trustee
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation, board member
  • Leadership Huntsville-Madison County,  former chairman
  • Leadership Alabama, Class V
  • The Arts Council, former president
  • Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, trustee 
  • Madison County, Alabama, County Attorney, 1977-2011
  • Active in Democratic politics on the local, state and national levels
  • Alabama Democratic Party, attorney 
  • Madison County Democratic Executive Committee, attorney
  • State and Local Legal Center, Washington DC, board member
  • National Association of County Civil Attorneys, former president
  • National Association of Counties' Financial Services Center, advisory committee
  • Statewide Chairman of the combined Democratic Campaign in Alabama in 1976.  He has served as Statewide Chairman for Democratic candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.
  • Presented Certificate of Merit from the Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council in 1971, the first African-American Political Action Group in the State of Alabama, for "exceptional and extraordinary service in the field of civil rights and political advancement of the community."


Featured in "Corporate War Stories," Business Alabama, December 2012

Speaker, "History of Huntsville and Madison County", J.F. Drake State Technical College Professional Development Program, January 3, 2012

Speaker, "Early Huntsville/Madison County Political History", Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, February 8, 2012

Panel Member, J.F. Drake State Technical College Black History Symposium, February 16, 2012

Speaker, "Home Rule", Metro Kwanis Club, February 27, 2012

Speaker, "Leadership", CONNECT (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County) Opening Retreat, March 8, 2012

Speaker, "Reflections", Dinsimore G. Robinson, Sr. Funeral, March 14, 2012

Speaker, "Leadership", Masters Leadership Program Orientation, March 29, 2012

Speaker, "Government 101", FOCUS (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County), April 13, 2012

Speaker, "What Is A Successful Manager", Leadership Management Academy Graduation Ceremony, May 16, 2012

Speaker, "Government 101", CONNECT (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County), May 17, 2012

Speaker, "Home Rule", Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform in Madison County", May 31, 2012

Speaker, "Life's Balance", Alabama Association for Realtors-- Leadership AAR Alumni Professional Development Reunion, July 19, 2012

Speaker, "Leadership", Leadership Huntsville/Madison County-- Opening Retreat, August 25, 2012

Speaker, "Leadership", J.F. Drake State Technical College--Leadership Academy, September 17, 2012

Speaker, "Government 101", FOCUS (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County), September 21, 2012

Moderator, Seminar on Affordable Care Act (WBCNA), September 25, 2012

Speaker, Presented Julian Butler Award at Leadership Huntsville/Madison County 25th Anniversary Celebration, October 11, 2012

Speaker, "Home Rule", Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation, November 10, 2012


Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 - 8/19/2014

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Julian Butler is Spotlighted as a Leader - 10/8/2013

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014 - 8/16/2013

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Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013

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Sirote Lawyer Julian Butler’s Recent Trade Secret Case Receives Statewide Notice - 12/21/2012

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2013 - 11/5/2012

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Julian Butler Retires as Madison County Attorney - 1/18/2012

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Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

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Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014

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31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

31 Sirote attorneys listed in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers Read More

Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers - 5/19/2009

Birmingham law firm Sirote & Permutt is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in the “2009 Super Lawyers” publication. Read More