ADAH Board of Trustees

District 5


Mr. Julian D. Butler


photo of ADAH Trustee Julian D. Butler, District 5


Julian Butler received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama where he was President of the student body. He served as an assistant to U. S. Senator Lister Hill and to Congressman Carl Elliott and as law clerk to U. S. District Judge Seybourn H. Lynne.


Butler has been in the private practice of law in Huntsville since 1966. He is a partner in the state-wide law firm of Sirote & Permutt. He served as County Attorney for Madison County for 35 years and has served as President of the National Association of County Civil Attorneys. Butler has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama.


Butler is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. Butler is a member of the Huntsville/ Madison County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and the American Bar Association. Butler is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. Butler was awarded the 2012 Community Service Award by the Madison County Bar Association.


Butler serves on the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the University of Alabama Library Leadership Board. Butler serves as a Trustee of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, and a member of the Council of the Alabama Law Institute. Butler was a founding member and the first Chairman of the Center for Public Law and Service at the University of Alabama. Butler was a founding member and the second Chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar. Butler served as President of The Arts Council, as Vice-President of the General Joe Wheeler Home Foundation, and as President of the Huntsville/Madison County Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association. Butler twice served as Chairman of the Creek District of the Boy Scouts of America.


Active in political affairs on the local, state and national level, Butler has chaired state-wide Democratic campaigns and has served as the attorney for the Alabama Democratic Party.


Butler served as Chairman of Class V of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County. An award given to a non-Leadership graduate who has contributed significantly to the success of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County is named in Butler's honor. Butler was the first recipient of the award. Butler was a member of Class V of Leadership Alabama.


Julian and his wife, Betty, have three children and five grandchildren.





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