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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • Mississippi College School of Law
      J.D., summa cum laude, 2008
    • Mississippi State University
      B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, 2005
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Mississippi
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • CLERKSHIP+
    • Hon. Leslie H. Southwick, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Todd Butler represents clients in matters involving employment, civil rights and appellate issues. He is general counsel to the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan, the Mississippi Municipal Workers’ Compensation Group, and the Mississippi Municipal Service Company. Todd has successfully represented municipalities, law enforcement officers and companies, serving as counsel in nearly 100 reported decisions and having presented oral arguments in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. In many instances, he has been retained as amicus counsel to represent the interests of non-parties.

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Todd Butler represents clients in matters involving employment, civil rights and appellate issues. He is general counsel to the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan, the Mississippi Municipal Workers’ Compensation Group, and the Mississippi Municipal Service Company. Todd has successfully represented municipalities, law enforcement officers and companies, serving as counsel in nearly 100 reported decisions and having presented oral arguments in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. In many instances, he has been retained as amicus counsel to represent the interests of non-parties.

In addition to representing clients, Todd has been appointed by courts to serve as an arbitrator. Parties likewise have chosen him to arbitrate their private disputes. He teaches courses as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law and is a past Chairman of the Mississippi Bar’s Appellate Practice Section. Todd is a member of the Federalist Society and a former editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers’ Association’s quarterly magazine. In 2013, he received a Leadership in Law award from the Mississippi Business Journal, and, in 2017, he was named to the Top 10 Class of the “Top 50 Under 40.” Todd was featured in the third edition of Winning On Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument, a leading appellate practice treatise.

Experience

  • Representation of municipalities in cases alleging civil rights violations.
  • Representation of police officers in cases alleging civil rights violations.
  • Representation of businesses in cases alleging employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Representation of businesses in arbitrations against unions.
  • Representation of non-profit organizations on compliance matters.
  • Representation of religious organizations before administrative agencies.
  • Representation as amici counsel in cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Insights

Publications
  • Co-Author, Judge Southwick the Opinion Writer, 37 Miss C. L. Rev. 43 (2018)
  • Contributor, Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument (2017)
  • Co-Author, "Reconsideration of Interlocutory Orders - What Standard," The MDLA Quarterly (2012)
  • Heck, Excessive Force, and The Fifth Circuit" 29 Miss. C. L. Rev. 529 (2010)
  • Contributing Author, 2010 Media Law Resource Center 50 State Survey on Employment Libel and Privacy Law
  • Author, "The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," The Mississippi Lawyer Magazine (2010)
  • Co-Author, "Social Media Policies," Greater Jackson Area Business Journal (2010)
  • Note, Recipe for Disaster: Analyzing the Interplay Between the Castle Doctrine and the Knock-and-Announce Rule After Hudson v. Michigan," 27 Miss. C. L. Rev. 435 (2008)
  • Co-Author, Foreword: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall," 27 Miss. C. L. Rev. 289 (2008)
  • Author, A Matter of Positivism: Evaluating the Legal Philosophy of Justice Antonin Scalia Under the Framework Set Forth by H.L.A. Hart," 11 Holy Cross J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 47 (2008)
  • Author, "Ante' Up: Should the Government Garnish the Gambling Winnings of Deadbeat Parents," Judicial View (April 2008), available at http://www.judicialview.com
Speaking Engagements

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Mississippi Bar, Appellate Practice Section - Immediate Past Chairman
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association - Past Editor-in-Chief of The Quarterly)
  • Mississippi College School of Law - Adjunct Professor
  • Federalist Society

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Employment - Management (2020), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
  • Top 50 under 40 - Top 10 Honoree (2017), Leadership in Law (2013), Mississippi Business Journal
  • Fellow Award, Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers (2007)

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law
    J.D., summa cum laude, 2008
  • Mississippi State University
    B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, 2005

Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

Clerkships

  • Hon. Leslie H. Southwick, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Representation of municipalities in cases alleging civil rights violations.
  • Representation of police officers in cases alleging civil rights violations.
  • Representation of businesses in cases alleging employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Representation of businesses in arbitrations against unions.
  • Representation of non-profit organizations on compliance matters.
  • Representation of religious organizations before administrative agencies.
  • Representation as amici counsel in cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Publications
  • Co-Author, Judge Southwick the Opinion Writer, 37 Miss C. L. Rev. 43 (2018)
  • Contributor, Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument (2017)
  • Co-Author, "Reconsideration of Interlocutory Orders - What Standard," The MDLA Quarterly (2012)
  • Heck, Excessive Force, and The Fifth Circuit" 29 Miss. C. L. Rev. 529 (2010)
  • Contributing Author, 2010 Media Law Resource Center 50 State Survey on Employment Libel and Privacy Law
  • Author, "The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," The Mississippi Lawyer Magazine (2010)
  • Co-Author, "Social Media Policies," Greater Jackson Area Business Journal (2010)
  • Note, Recipe for Disaster: Analyzing the Interplay Between the Castle Doctrine and the Knock-and-Announce Rule After Hudson v. Michigan," 27 Miss. C. L. Rev. 435 (2008)
  • Co-Author, Foreword: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall," 27 Miss. C. L. Rev. 289 (2008)
  • Author, A Matter of Positivism: Evaluating the Legal Philosophy of Justice Antonin Scalia Under the Framework Set Forth by H.L.A. Hart," 11 Holy Cross J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 47 (2008)
  • Author, "Ante' Up: Should the Government Garnish the Gambling Winnings of Deadbeat Parents," Judicial View (April 2008), available at http://www.judicialview.com
Speaking Engagements
  • The Mississippi Bar, Appellate Practice Section - Immediate Past Chairman
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association - Past Editor-in-Chief of The Quarterly)
  • Mississippi College School of Law - Adjunct Professor
  • Federalist Society
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Employment - Management (2020), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
  • Top 50 under 40 - Top 10 Honoree (2017), Leadership in Law (2013), Mississippi Business Journal
  • Fellow Award, Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers (2007)