David E. Butz

Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
4775 Munson St. NW
Canton, Ohio
United States
Attorney At Law
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Mr. Butz is a director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. and is co-chair of the Litigation Section. He has also served as Chair of the Marketing Committee at the firm.  Mr. Butz devotes a majority of his practice to litigation matters including commercial and business disputes, construction litigation, personal injury litigation (plaintiff and defense), oil and gas matters, as well as handling divorces, custody and support matters.

Professional Experience:

  • Extensive experience in complex business and tort litigation, including handling jury trials and other dispute resolution proceedings and commercial arbitration, along with appellate practice in both state and federal courts
  • Counsels and advises producers, and drillers involved in the oil and gas industry, including litigation before both state and federal courts in Ohio
  • Initiates and/or defends lawsuits for declaratory judgment (including under the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act and the Ohio Marketable Title Act), and claims for the slander of title, adverse possession, and contractual disputes involving oil and gas leases and related claims
  • Provides advice and counsel in the areas of domestic relations and family law
  • Serves as a mentor in the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, training new lawyers in the fundamental skills and core values of professionalism essential to the practice of law


  • Bethany College of West Virginia, B.A., 1984
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1987

Notable Presentations or Publications:

  • "Child and Spousal Support"
  • "Time Management for Lawyers"
  • "Hot Topics in Liability"
  • “Intentional Tort”
  • “Intentional Tort Reform”
  • “Right to Cure Laws”

 Courts and Bar Associations:

  • Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Member of Finance Committee and Construction Committee: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
  • Former Board of Directors: ArtsinStark, Board of Directors
  • Former Board President: Siffrin Residential Association
  • Former Festival Chairman: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ribs Burnoff
  • Leadership Stark County, Sixth Graduating Class

Honors & Awards:

  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Best Lawyers in America®
  • Named as Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" in Family Law Akron Area (2015)
  • Elected As a Fellow: Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2014
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