Hon. Elizabeth Butler, (Ret.)
Mediation, Arbitration, Case Evaluation, Special Master Hearings
Elizabeth “Beth” Butler has extensive mediation and arbitration experience with disputes in the following areas: employment (including discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment); insurance coverage; wage & hour claims (including class action); personal injury; wrongful death; medical malpractice; libel and slander; property damage and trespass; contracts; administrative appeals. With experience as an attorney and judge in the public sector and as an attorney and mediator/arbitrator in the private sector, she brings a unique ability to understand the needs and pressures facing attorneys and clients.
Judge Butler served as a Massachusetts Superior Court judge for thirteen years. During her time on the bench, she presided over a broad range of civil and criminal cases in the Boston and Worcester areas. She handled jury and non-jury matters involving commercial disputes, closely held corporations, personal injury resulting in death or catastrophic injuries or death, medical malpractice, products liability, employment, pollution liability, insurance coverage, and administrative appeals.
Prior to her appointment to the court, Judge Butler gained valuable experience “in the trenches” as a plaintiff’s attorney, prosecutor, and defense attorney, thereby better understanding perspectives from all sides. She worked as a litigation partner at two Boston law firms, Morrison Mahoney LLP and Grabill & Ley. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Beth one of the Top Women of the Law in 2013. She was co-editor along with Patrick Brady and John Mirick, Esq. of the MCLE Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions supplements in 1997 and 2001. Numerous times over the years, she has been an instructor and presenter for MCLE events. Most recently, Judge Butler worked with JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator resolving a wide range of cases.
She is dedicated to public service. She was a member of the school committee, in addition to numerous other volunteer activities in her community.
Judge Butler obtained her B.A. from Smith College in 1972 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1975.