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Buttrick, Hilary

Assistant Professor - Business Law
College of Business

hbuttric@butler.edu
317/940-8748





Resumé/Vitae

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
 

Ms. Buttrick began her legal career at Ice Miller LLP in 2002, where she practiced for over nine years.  She specialized in business litigation, with an emphasis on product liability defense, franchise relationships, and complex commercial disputes.  She also regularly counseled clients on litigation avoidance strategies.  Ms. Buttrick graduated from DePauw University in 1999 and obtained her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2002.  Her research interests include developments in product liability law, consumer protection, and FDA and CPSC product regulation. 

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
 

  • Hilary G. Buttrick: "You've Come a Long Way, Baby": Cigarettes, Graphic Warning Labels, and Balancing Consumer Protection and Commercial Free Speech (to be published in Stetson Law Review, Fall 2012).
  • Joseph Alberts, Robert Thornburg & Hilary G. Buttrick: 2011 Survey of Recent Developments in Product Liability Law (to be published in Indiana Law Review, Fall 2012).
  • Joseph Alberts, Robert Thornburg & Hilary G. Buttrick: 2010 Survey of Recent Developments in Product Liability Law, 44 Indiana Law Rev. 1377 (2011).
  • Hilary G. Buttrick, Robert Calihan, Lynette Carhart-Gladdis: Hot Topics in Mediation and ADR, International Franchise Association's 39th Annual Legal Symposium, Washington D.C. (2006).
  • Hilary G. Buttrick: "Be Careful What You Say: It can be Used Against Your Client in Illinois," Indiana Lawyer, February, 2005.
  • Hilary G. Buttrick: "Note: The Development of the Undue Burden Standard under Stenberg v. Carhart: Will Proposed RU-486 Legislation Survive?" 35 Indiana Law Review, 1021 (2002).
  • Indiana Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Business Litigation 2011-2012.
  • Graduate of Indiana Bar Leadership Series, 2007.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Ms. Buttrick teaches courses in the Business Law curriculum, including Legal Environment of Business and Business Ethics.


Education/Experience

Education/Degrees
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, May 2002

DePauw University, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 1999

Awards/Honors

  • Indiana Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Business Litigation 2011-2012.
  • Graduate of Indiana Bar Leadership Series, 2007.
  • Recipient of Wm. G. Schoenoff Award, 1999.  Given by DePauw annually to the member of senior class who has most distinguished herself/himself in the study of literature.  
  • Association Memberships (professional/educational)

    American Bar Association (Litigation Section)

    Academy of Legal Studies in Business

     

    Professional Experience
     

    • Developed overall case strategy for commercial lawsuit defending national equipment manufacturer against allegations of breach of warranty, fraud, and bad faith with damages alleged to be over $5 million.
    • Defended national fashion accessory designer against allegations of breach of contract and constructive fraud.  Provided in-depth analysis of legal issues and developed theory of defense. Coordinated all electronic discovery; conducted extensive research and briefing of legal issues; handled multiple oral arguments, witness preparation, and depositions. 
    • Defended national manufacturer of agricultural equipment in multiple product liability cases involving serious injury or death. 
    • Defended national manufacturer of agricultural equipment in multiple breach of warranty lawsuits. 
    • Handled and supervised multiple franchise disputes involving breach of contract.
    • Defended multiple Indiana municipalities against annexation remonstrances.
    • Successfully handled multiple pieces of real estate-related litigation including landlord-tenant disputes and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
    • Defended brokers of national financial services company against claims that they violated non-compete and non-solicitation provisions in employment agreement.