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Education & Honors
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1989; Order of the Coif; Virginia Law Review; First Place, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition; Eppa Hunton IV Memorial Award; Stephen Pierre Traynor Award
  • George Mason University, MAIS Public Policy, 1986
  • James Madison University, summa cum laude, 1983
  • Recognized in Forty Top Lawyers Under Forty, Washingtonian Magazine, September 1998
  • "AV-Rated" by Martindale-Hubbell®
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia and Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, Colorado, and Maryland
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  Dane H. Butswinkas
TEL: 202-434-5110
FAX: 202-434-5029
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Williams & Connolly LLP
725 Twelfth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005


Dane Butswinkas focuses exclusively on trial and arbitration work. He has tried numerous cases throughout the country in state and federal courts.  His arbitration practice is domestic and international, representing corporations before the AAA and the ICC.

His experience includes:

  • defending financial institutions, directors, officers, and countries in commercial litigation in the financial services area, including in litigation involving securitizations, bond and mortgage markets, investment vehicle structuring, and corporate governance of financial institutions;
  • defending corporations, officers, and directors in class actions arising under the securities laws, deceptive trade practices statutes, RICO, ERISA, and the Clayton and Sherman Acts, as well as in grand jury investigations;
  • defending companies in commercial litigation involving the banking, food, telecommunications, technology, and power industries throughout the United States, as well as in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia; and
  • defending corporations in product liability actions, including representing pharmaceutical companies in the Baycol, Vioxx, and Seroquel litigations, and defending hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice trials.

As lead counsel, his recent work includes:  winning acquittal on all counts for Bear Stearns officer in securities fraud trial in New York; winning a defense verdict in a $200 million corporate fiduciary duty trial in Indiana; winning a $20 million fraud verdict for an international corporation in California; winning acquittal on all counts in criminal conspiracy case in New Hampshire; winning dismissal on vindictive prosecution grounds in a false statement case in Maine; winning dismissal for a financial institution of a $100 million commercial claim in New York; winning summary judgment for a corporation in a $150 million securities action in Seattle; securing dismissal and sanctions against plaintiffs for a corporation in a $200 million fraud action in California; prevailing against a $55 million commercial claim and receiving a multi-million dollar award, including attorneys' fees, for an international corporation before the ICC; successfully defending and winning an award of fees for a corporation in a product liability arbitration before the AAA in Texas; and winning defense verdicts for a government official in commercial litigation in the District of Columbia, a corporate officer in a Virginia sexual harassment trial, and a nationally-recognized teaching hospital in a wrongful death trial.

Mr. Butswinkas joined the Firm in 1989.  He served on the Firm's Hiring Committee from 1992-2004 and is currently a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee (on which he also served from 2004-2008).  He was appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course (2004-2007).  He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and was recognized in The Washingtonian Magazine and The Washington Post Magazine as one of the Washington, D.C. area's best lawyers in commercial litigation and criminal defense.  Benchmark Litigation listed Mr. Butswinkas as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America.  Mr. Butswinkas is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.