Who has inspired you in your career?
I had the opportunity to work for U.S. District Judge Seyborn H. Lynne and U.S. Congressman Carl Elliott. I was inspired by their integrity, their work ethic, and their commitment to attain the highest levels of success in their positions.
What are you most proud of in your practice?
The 35 years I served as County Attorney for Madison County. I hope that I was able to contribute to the phenomenal growth of Madison County and to improve the quality of life here.
What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?
1. Be available. 2. Be prompt. 3. Inspire confidence.
2. Be prompt.
3. Inspire confidence.
Awards and Accreditations
•The Best Lawyers in America
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Mid-South Super Lawyers
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Commercial Litigation (2006-2019)
•Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Huntsville (2014)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2008-2017)
•Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Education Foundation
•Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Award for Outstanding Service in the Area of Human Relations (2018)
•Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
•Community Service Award (2005, 2012)
•Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council (the first African-American political action group in Alabama)
•Certificate of Merit (for “exceptional and extraordinary service in the field of civil rights and political advancement of the community ) (1971)
Outside the Office
•Active in Democratic politics on the local, state, and national levels
•Alabama Democratic Party
•Alabama Department of Archives and History
•Alabama Humanities Foundation
•The Arts Council
•Democratic Campaigns in Alabama
•Former Statewide Chairman of the combined Democratic Campaign in Alabama (1976)
•Former Statewide Chairman for Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general
•Eleventh Circuit Historical Society
•Vice President, Alabama
•Leadership Huntsville-Madison County
•Madison County, Alabama
•Former County Attorney (1977-2011)
•Madison County Democratic Executive Committee
•National Association of County Civil Attorneys
•National Association of Counties' Financial Services Center
•State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
•University of Alabama
•Member, Library Leadership Board
Speeches and Publications
•Featured in Corporate War Stories, Business Alabama, December 2012
•Speaker, Home Rule, Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation, November 10, 2012
•Speaker, Presented Julian Butler Award at Leadership Huntsville/Madison County 25th Anniversary Celebration, October 11, 2012
•Moderator, Seminar on Affordable Care Act (WBCNA), September 25, 2012
•Speaker, Government 101, FOCUS (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County), September 21, 2012
•Speaker, Leadership, J.F. Drake State Technical College's Leadership Academy, September 17, 2012
•Speaker, Leadership, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County's Opening Retreat, August 25, 2012
•Speaker, Life's Balance, Alabama Association for Realtors' Leadership AAR Alumni Professional Development Reunion, July 19, 2012
•Speaker, Home Rule, Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform in Madison County, May 31, 2012
•Speaker, Government 101, CONNECT (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County), May 17, 2012
•Speaker, What Is a Successful Manager, Leadership Management Academy Graduation Ceremony, May 16, 2012
•Speaker, Government 101, FOCUS (Leadership Huntsville/Madison County), April 13, 2012
•Speaker, Leadership, Masters Leadership Program Orientation, March 29, 2012
•Speaker, Reflections, Dinsimore G. Robinson, Sr., Funeral, March 14, 2012
•Speaker, Leadership, CONNECT Opening Retreat for Leadership Hunstville/Madison County, March 8, 2012
•Speaker, Home Rule, Metro Kiwanis Club, February 27, 2012
•Panel Member, Black History Symposium, J.F. Drake State Technical College, February 16, 2012
•Speaker, Early Huntsville/Madison County Political History, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, February 8, 2012
•Speaker, History of Huntsville and Madison County, J.F. Drake State Technical College Professional Development Program, January 3, 2012
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Julian Butler is Spotlighted as a Leader
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Sirote Lawyer Julian Butler’s Recent Trade Secret Case Receives Statewide Notice
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Julian Butler Retires as Madison County Attorney
•Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011
•31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers
•Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers
•Alabama State Bar
•Former Chairman, Environmental Law Section
•University of Alabama
•Former Chairman, Center for Public Law and Service
•Library Leadership Board
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