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Richard M. Butler

Of Counsel


Karnes City


  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Baylor University, B.A., 1976

Bar Admission

  • The State of Texas, 1977
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas, 1988
  • United States District Court Southern District of Texas, 1988
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1996
  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas, 1997
  • United States District Court, Colorado, 2009

About Richard M. Butler

After successfully trying civil lawsuits across south Texas for forty years, Richard Butler has shifted his practice to mediation. In his role as mediator, Mr. Butler brings to bear his extensive experience in high stakes litigation over a wide array of substantive law areas, such as oil and gas, construction, real estate, insurance, trade secrets, eminent domain, probate, agriculture, deer breeding, and wildlife.


  • Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2009 – 2012
  • Karnes County Judge (interim), 2014


  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Wildlife Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • Texas Deer Association

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Cases & Publications

Representative Cases

Diamond Shamrock Refining Company, L.P. vs. Team Industrial Services, et al., case Number L-05-0093CVA; in the 36th District Court, Live Oak County, Texas

DPT Laboratories, Inc. vs. Bath and Body Works, Inc., case number SA-98-CA-06640G; in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division

David H. Reynolds vs. Stewart Title Company, et al., case number 2000-CI-11013; in the 288th District Court, Bexar County, Texas

Winna Gum, Inc., vs. Oberther Gaming Technologies, case number 2001-CI-16634; in the 288th District Court, Bexar County, Texas

Diamond Shamrock Refining Co., v. Bay, Inc., et al.; in the 224th District Court, Bexar County, Texas

Kimberly James Corporation & James K. Burdine v. David P. Chapman & Eagle USA Air Freight, Inc., case number 1993-CI-12567; in the 37th District Court, Bexar County, Texas

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., v. City of San Antonio, case number 1991-CA-0819; in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division

Floyd Mackenzie v. City of San Marcos; case number 1987-0825; in the 207th District Court, Hays County, Texas

Valero Gas Storage Co., v. PB-KBB, Inc., case number 29939; in the 23rd District Court, Wharton County, Texas

El Tropicano, Inc. v. Alexander & Alexander of Texas, Inc., case number 1987-CI-22554; in the 45th District Court, Bexar County, Texas

NCNB v. 5-m Commercial Services Co., Inc., & Ronald G. Muse, case number 1990-CI-01439; in the 285th District Court, Bexar County, Texas

Valero Transmission, L.P. vs. Flint Engineering and Construction Co.; in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division

Published Works

“The Basics of Refinery Release, Fire and Explosion Cases,” State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section Report, 2009

“Hunting Leases,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Course, 2009

“Wildlife Management and Mineral Development: Co-Existing in Today’s Texas,” Texas Wildlife Magazine, Texas Wildlife Association, 2009

“Deer Breeder Armageddon: TDWD Permit Revocation Proceedings,” publication pending

An Overview of Texas Law Concerning the Liability of Insurance Brokers and Agents to the Insured

Texas Law on Covenants Not to Compete

Supreme Court Ruling on Pre-tort Liability Releases

Personal Information

Richard Butler is a lifelong resident of South Texas. His family has been cattle ranching in Karnes County for over 150 years, and he carries on that tradition today. A lifelong fisherman and hunter, Mr. Butler is a past-President and founding director of the Texas Wildlife Association. He served as the United Way coordinator for both the Langley & Banack and Soules & Wallace firms.  Mr. Butler and his wife Tina attend the United Methodist Church of Fashing, Texas.  Their oldest son, Clinton, is also a Shareholder with Langley & Banack and lives with his wife Patricia and daughter Isabella in Karnes City.  Their youngest son Dustin, is a Refugee Affairs Program Specialist with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Dustin and his wife, Eleanor, live in Pflugerville with their sons, Daniel and Richard.