Butler Rubin Celebrates 35 Years in Business as a Litigation Boutique

CHICAGO, June 15, 2015 – This month, Chicago’s Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli & Boyd celebrates 35 years in business as a boutique litigation law firm. Originally founded as Ronald Butler, Ltd. on June 1, 1980, Butler Rubin has remained true to its original founding mission: to be a boutique litigation firm where the needs of clients serve as the guiding force, where a smaller environment promotes demonstrated teamwork and true collaboration, and where lawyers feel confident in a welcoming culture that always looks for new and more efficient ways to partner with clients.

“Many law firms work on a growth model but at Butler Rubin, we have always wanted to maintain a smaller environment and a distinct focus. With about 35 lawyers, over the years we have retained both a stable client base and talented professionals. It’s been the best of both worlds for many, many years,” said Founding Partner James Rubin.

The firm continues to represent clients nationally and internationally in insurance and reinsurance arbitration and litigation and complex business disputes, including antitrust litigation and competition law, class actions, defense of corporate directors and officers, managed care litigation and insolvency. Butler Rubin has been repeatedly cited for excellence in litigation by virtually every organization reviewing law firm performance – from Chambers USA and U.S. News/Best Lawyers to local community groups where the firm donates time on a pro bono basis.

James Rubin left Winston & Strawn to join his former partner Ronald Butler in April 1981. By September 1981, they were joined by two additional Winston & Strawn partners, Ellen Newcomer (also now retired) and Gerald Saltarelli. The firm was then renamed, Butler, Rubin, Newcomer & Saltarelli. In 1983, partner Robert Hermes left Winston & Strawn and the team was soon joined by Craig Boyd, who left his in-house position at Reynolds Metals Company to move back to Chicago and join his former Winston & Strawn colleagues on August 1, 1983. The firm then became Butler, Rubin, Newcomer, Saltarelli & Boyd.

Since that time, Butler Rubin has developed its practice areas strategically as it has continued to develop its national reputation in the insurance and reinsurance sector, while using its noted litigation expertise to satisfy the unmet legal needs of the Chicago community

“One of the firm’s hallmarks is our unwavering commitment to community and pro bono work,” explained James Morsch, head of the firm’s pro bono program. “We believe that every firm, regardless of size, has a duty to give back and we take this commitment seriously.” Each year, Butler Rubin lawyers devote at least 2% of their billable time to pro bono matters.   The firm has been named to the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Pro Bono Recognition Roster for six consecutive years (2010-2015) and is a member of its Pro Bono Honor Roll.  The firm also participates annually in the Investing in Justice Campaign of the Chicago Bar Foundation and as a donor to the many pro bono organizations with which it partners.

Formed in 1980, Chicago-based Butler Rubin has established itself as a well-known litigation boutique assisting clients nationally and internationally in complex business disputes, including antitrust litigation and competition law; class actions; defense of corporate directors and officers; reinsurance; insurance coverage; managed care litigation; and insolvency.