Carl C. Butzer
Carl C. Butzer is a Dallas trademark, copyright and e-discovery lawyer who, over the past 25 years, has developed nationally recognized skill in trademark and copyright litigation, Internet and social media law, the protection and licensing of intellectual property and technology, and a logical approach to electronic discovery. He is Chair of the Dallas Office Intellectual Property Group and the firm’s E-Discovery Practice. In addition to helping his clients protect their trademark rights and copyrights around the world, Carl has represented clients’ IP interests in litigation in Texas state and federal courts, including in the Eastern District of Texas; as well as in federal courts in California, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan, New York, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
One of the most important virtues of a good lawyer is the ability — with care, efficiency and effectiveness — to help clients separate the wheat from the chaff. Carl is dedicated to his clients, which means tirelessly working with them to identify practical and strategic solutions to get them to where they want to be.
Carl represented Google Inc., AOL LLC, YouTube LLC, and Turner Broadcasting in two putative trademark class action lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where the Court denied the Plaintiffs’ motions to certify the classes. FPX, LLC v. Google Inc., 276 F.R.D. 543 (E.D. Tex. 2011); and he has assisted Google in Gmail privacy litigation. Carl also assisted in the successful representation of Oprah in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought in Chicago federal court; represents the Oprah Winfrey Network in an arbitration proceeding pending in California; represents Harpo Productions in a trademark lawsuit pending before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; and successfully represented Dr. Phil in protecting his copyrights.
Carl grew up in Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming a Chicago Blackhawks fan at the age of 7. Upon winning the Illinois High School Association state speech championship in “radio speaking,” a feat accomplished 33 years after Roger Ebert did so, Carl studied political science and economics at the University of Chicago, where he became the first Vice-President of the now-defunct Commuting Students’ Association. It was at U of C that Carl became interested in the law, after attending a brilliant course on the Economic Analysis of Law, taught by William Landes. From the lonely stands of Stagg Field, where the University of Chicago Maroons football team played, Carl moved to Ann Arbor for law school, and then to Cambridge, England (for a degree in International Law). He was sold on Jackson Walker after two summer internships there in 1986 & 1987, and has been a lawyer with JW since he passed the bar, 28 years ago.
B.A., The University of Chicago
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
LL.M., University of Cambridge, England
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas