Julie Butcher


Lexington Attorney – Julie Butcher

Attorney Julie ButcherMs. Butcher opened the firm in January 2003 with all the injury clients she then represented at her prior employer’s firm.  Each client had a choice whether to stay with the larger, well known law firm or have Julie continue to be their attorney.  They all chose Julie.

From the beginning of the firm, the emphasis has always been on service to the clients, not the glory of the lawyers.  That doesn’t mean Julie isn’t successful.  In the 25+ years Julie has been an attorney, she has successfully presented her clients’ cases to juries across Kentucky, from Mt. Sterling to Harrodsburg and many places in between.  Many more clients’ cases were settled for 6 and 7 figures before trial.  All the cases were practiced with the needs of the client being foremost.

APITLA-2016Ms. Butcher only represents individuals and their families who have been seriously injured or killed due to the careless negligence of others.  She does not represent the negligent parties in those cases or their insurance companies.  There are no conflicting loyalties many other lawyers have and we NEVER represent the insurance companies or the wrongdoers they insure!

Julie’s undivided loyalty is to the injured client.

When Ms. Butcher isn’t helping clients, teaching other attorneys or otherwise serving the community, she loves to travel.  The love of travel comes from Julie’s mother, Iva, who was not able to see nearly as much of the world because breast cancer took her at the young age of 46.  Iva was a very talented artist who painted landscapes and portraits.  Some of those paintings hang in Julie’s law office.  When Julie’s travels allow her to witness a breathtaking seascape or a single majestic tree, she knows her mother would have painted it, had she seen it.

Ms. Butcher’s travels also involve two other passions, Corvettes and scuba diving.  The love of Corvettes comes from both Julie’s parents who actually met through amateur Corvette racing in Michigan, where Julie was born.  Julie’s Vette is a white 1999 C5 convertible.  The love of scuba diving is completely her own.  It was something she always wanted to do, but never got around to learning until her mid-40’s.  Now she can’t wait to plan the next dive trip to explore the grandeur of the coral reef and the animals that live there.

Ms. Butcher is active in legal, professional and civic organizations as well as teaching continuing legal education topics to other attorneys and judges.  Some of those accomplishments are listed below.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Theater, University of Kentucky, 1981
  • Juris Doctor, University of Kentucky, College of Law, 1990

Types of cases handled

Since November 1994, Julie represents only the Plaintiffs’ side of cases involving wrongful death, tractor-trailer wrecks, personal injury, medical negligence, premises liability, general negligence, and insurance bad faith.

Professional Memberships and Organizations

  • Board Member, Kentucky Youth Law Project, Inc. since 2015
  • AV Preeminent (highest rating), rated by peers in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Regent, Morehead State University Board of Regents (2009-2015)
  • Member, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America since 2009
  • Founding Fellow of Fayette County Bar Foundation
  • Member, Commerce Lexington since 2009
  • Member, Kentucky Justice Association since 1995 and Board Member 2004-2007
  • Member, American Association for Justice since 1995
  • Advocate, National College of Advocacy since 1996
  • Member, Lexington Center Corp. Board, a quasi-governmental board overseeing the Civic Center and Rupp Arena (1993-2000)
  • Member, Kentucky Bar Association since 1990
  • Member, Fayette County Bar Association since 1990

Teaching Attorneys, Judges & Paralegals

  • Faculty member, 2010 KJA Deposition College; “Civil Discovery–Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ Perspectives”
  • 2007 Kentucky Judicial College; “Mediation as Trial Prep” KJA Auto Cases Update, 2007
  • Subrogation and Other Lien Issues in Personal Injury Litigation, for Kentucky Bar Association Kentucky Law Update, 2003
  • Municipal Liability Update Seminar for Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2001
  • Adjusting the Automobile Injury Claim in Kentucky for National Business Institute, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Kentucky College of Law, 1995-96
  • Sexual Harassment Seminar for Kentucky Public Defenders Annual Conference, 1994
  •  “Nov. 2010, Kentucky Paralegal Convention; “The Paralegal’s Role in Legal Marketing”
  • “October 2012, Greater Lexington Paralegal Association Forum speaker; “Dealing with Pre-Existing Conditions in Injury Cases”

Legal Employment

  • 1990 – 1994, Associate Attorney at Landrum & Shouse, LLP in Lexington, Kentucky representing defendants in personal injury cases
  • 1994 – 2002, Staff Attorney at Gary C. Johnson, PSC in Lexington, Kentucky representing injured people and their families
  • 2003 – Present, Owner and Manager of the firm, The Law Office of Julie A. Butcher, PLLC (“Julie Butcher Law Office”)

Admissions and Licensure

  • All state and federal courts within the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1990
  • KBA License #83611
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit since 1991