Mr. Paul Butler
Paul W. Butler serves as Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Immediately prior to joining the firm, Mr. Butler served as the Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Previously, Mr. Butler served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and low intensity conflict (SO/LIC). In these roles, he advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense on policies and plans related to the global war on terrorism and special operations forces. He represented the Department of Defense in U.S. government interagency meetings, before Congress and in negotiations with foreign governments.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Butler was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. Before joining the government, Mr. Butler spent seven years in private practice in the New York and Washington offices of another law firm. He also served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Louis C. Bechtle, the former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Butler is a member of the Business Executives for National Security, the Council on Foreign Relations, a Civilian Advisory Panel to the Combatant Commander of United States Southern Command, and the American Bar Association Committees on White Collar Crime and National Security Law. Mr. Butler was also appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to a civilian advisory panel on export control laws and regulations.