E. Michelle Butler


Michelle's practice focuses on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts, especially on claims and investigations brought pursuant to the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act. She has experience in all aspects of litigation, from preparing early pleadings, to managing large-scale discovery and depositions, to preparing experts, to trial and post-trial motions practice. She has contributed to several successful settlement negotiations favorable to her clients. Michelle’s experience in the criminal context includes white collar matters, mental health issues, and juvenile defense.

She has represented clients in high-profile False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act matters, sealed government investigations, antitrust actions, and litigation over contract interpretation. She has served as counsel to one of the world’s largest system integrators, a contractor with the Army Corps of Engineers, a truck transmissions manufacturer, and a significant software development company. She also served as second chair in the most recent conditional release hearing for would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley.

Michelle employs a thorough and aggressive approach when pursuing a favorable outcome for her clients, whether by carefully drafting pleadings and responding to investigative demands, conducting depositions and engaging in discovery, preparing for trial or negotiating settlement. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive experience with case planning, e-discovery management, and litigation risk analysis. She is able to draw on her varied litigation experience to help clients find efficient and cost-effective resolutions.

In law school, Michelle served as a public defender for juveniles accused of felonies and misdemeanors. She then joined fellow alumni in founding the non-profit D.C. Lawyers for Youth, which is dedicated to improving the lives of youth in Washington, and she remained actively involved in the organization as a board member.

Before joining Dinsmore, Michelle practiced in the Washington, D.C., offices of Dickstein Shapiro and Bracewell Giuliani. She also previously served as a law clerk to Judge John M. Facciola in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Prior to attending law school, Michelle worked in commercial non-fiction book publishing in Washington, D.C. and New York City.


  • Georgetown University Law Center  (J.D., 2005)
    • Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law, executive articles editor
  • George Washington University  (B.A., summa cum laude, 1996)
    • English

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky