Experience Counts

United States District Court
  • Medicaid Fraud Defense
  • Medicare Fraud Defense
  • Wire Fraud Defense
  • Mail Fraud Defense
  • Structuring Defense
  • Identity Theft Defense
  • Firearm Offenses Defense
  • Child Pornography Defense
  • Drug Trafficking Defense
  • Wiretap Experience
Kentucky District & Circuit Court and Indiana Superior & Circuit Court
  • Murder Defense
  • Assault Defense
  • Robbery Defense
  • Drug Trafficking Defense
  • White Collar Fraud Defense
  • Theft Defense
  • Sexual Offenses Defense
  • Firearms Offenses Defense

Experience Counts

Alex Dathorne and Brian Butler combined have nearly forty years of experience in criminal law. Prior to becoming criminal defense attorneys, we prosecuted many of Louisville's highest profile cases. Mr. Dathorne is a former prosecutor. Mr. Dathorne also served as the Chief Narcotics Prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Louisville. Mr. Butler is a former federal prosecutor serving in the United States Attorney's Office in Louisville. Mr. Butler is also a former Chief of the General Trial Unit at the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Louisville where his unit handled cases ranging from white collar fraud to murder. Mr. Butler began his legal career as a JAG Attorney in the United States Navy.

Since becoming criminal defense attorneys, Dathorne and Butler have handled many of the area's high profile cases including, but not limited to:

Commonwealth v. Brooks Houck:
Mr. Houck was acquitted of all charges in connection with a series of alleged thefts. Mr. Houck’s case received extensive publicity because the Nelson County Sheriff named him as a suspect in the disappearance of a woman in Bardstown, Kentucky which led to national media attention.

Commonwealth v. David Sherman:
Mr. Sherman was charged with murder for traveling down a one way street the wrong way while intoxicated and running over a pedestrian. His charge was amended to manslaughter 2nd. He was granted probation without serving any jail sentence on March 5, 2019.

Commonwealth v. Chane Behanan:
Former University of Louisville basketball star was charged with a felony offense accusing him of receiving a stolen firearm. All charges were dismissed.

Commonwealth v. Jonathan Hardin:
In a high profile case, Mr. Hardin was charged with felony assault and wanton endangerment charges stemming from an incident where he choked a student unconscious while he was working as a school resource officer at Olmstead Academy. Following a week long jury trial, Mr. Hardin was found not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. Cierra Brettnacher:
Ms. Brettnacher was charged with criminal attempted murder for shooting her husband.  Ms. Brettnacher pled guilty to a lesser offense and was granted probation.

United States v. Chris Mattingly:
Mr. Mattingly was reputed to be the head of a major international marijuana trafficking organization.  He was also accused of plotting to kill the head of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.  The case received national media attention when Dathorne & Butler challenged the wiretap evidence derived from Riverside County, California.  Mr. Mattingly was facing 25 - 30 years.  After two years of significant litigation, Mr. Mattingly was sentenced to 36 months.

Commonwealth v. Alexander Roberts:
On December 1, 2015, Alex Roberts was charged with murder in a high profile case involving a stabbing death in Bloomfield.  A Nelson County Jury found Alex Roberts not guilty of murder following a week long trial.

United States v. MSG Terrace Myles:
Retired MSG Myles was involuntary returned to active duty to stand trial at a general court-martial for two unrelated counts of rape by two alleged victims. MSG Myles was acquitted of all charges

United States v. Kyle Willett:
Louisville Metro Police Narcotics Detective was apprehended by the FBI for stealing US currency out of UPS packages while working on an interdiction task force. Detective Willett admitted to taking $80,000.00. Dathorne & Butler were able to successfully assist Detective Willett in obtaining a 5 month sentence.

Commonwealth v. Christen McAllister:
In a nationally covered media case, Ms McAllister, a model and student at the University of Louisville, was charged with Arson in the First Degree, in connection with a fire started in University apartments. Ms McAllister's case was resolved for a misdemeanor with an agreement to dismiss her misdemeanor in two years if no further offenses are committed.

United States v. Claxton:
In a case profiled on the front page of the Louisville Courier-Journal on February 8, 2017, Dathorne & Butler represented Mr. Claxton in connection with federal white collar fraud charges stemming from allegedly fraudulent agreements to purchase multi-unit rental properties in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Commonwealth v. Jeffery Woods:
Mr. Woods was a weekend sports anchor for WHAS-11. He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident and failing to render aid. Mr. Wood was granted Pretrial Diversion whereby his charges will be dismissed and expunged after completion of diversion.

Commonwealth v. Joey Thompson:
In United States District Court in Lexington, Mr. Thompson was facing a 15 year and 8 month sentence for being a career offender under the sentencing guidelines. Based upon arguments that the guidelines were too high in his case, the Court reduced Mr. Thompson's by over 10 years.

Commonwealth v. Candice Harris:
Ms. Harris was charged in a high profile DUI related homicide involving the death of a motorcyclist. Ms. Harris was placed in a pretrial diversion program.

Commonwealth v. Ricky Nelson:
Mr. Nelson embezzled approximately $300,000 from the Brandenburg United Methodist Church. Mr. Nelson was sentenced to probation in Meade Circuit Court.

Commonwealth v. Terry Moore:
In a high profile case in Hardin Circuit County, Terry Moore, a retired Kentucky State Trooper and current Radcliff Police Officer, was charged with domestic felony assault and unlawful imprisonment of his wife. Mr. Moore was acquitted of all charges by a Hardin County jury.

Commonwealth v. Shawn Coogle:
In a high profile Jefferson County case, Mr. Coogle was charged with murder and felony assaults in connection with the death of a 7 year old child and the injury of others in an alleged controlled substance abuse related traffic accident. Mr. Coogle's murder and assault charges were all amended and he received a 2 year sentence for Reckless Homicide.

Commonwealth v. Janessa McClure:
Ms McClure was charged with murder and assault 1st for death of her child and serious injury to another child in a tragic car wreck. Ms. McClure was granted shock probation after serving 6 months.

Commonwealth v. Jerry Vincent:
In a high profile case involving a former Teamsters President, Mr. Vincent pled guilty to embezzling from the Union. He was sentenced to probation in United States District Court.

Commonwealth v. Jonathan Hardin:
In a highly publicized case involving a school resource punching a student in an incident captured on videotape, Dathorne & Butler were able to negotiate a dismissal of all charges.

Commonwealth v. Ashley Silas:
In a high profile case, Bullitt County elementary teacher was accused of assaulting her student by dragging him 158 feet across a school floor. Ms. Silas was acquitted of all charges.

Commonwealth v. Christopher Wilton:
Mr. Wilton was charged with Murder in a DUI related vehicular homicide. Mr. Wilton was convicted of reckless homicide and granted probation with the opportunity to have the conviction set aside and expunged after 8 years.

Commonwealth v. William Summers:
Summers was charged with shooting an unarmed man causing serious injury. After lengthy litigation, Mr. Summers was placed in a pretrial diversion program whereby his charges will be subsequently dismissed and expunged.

United States v. Eric Guffey:
Mr. Guffey, a Barren County police detective, was charged in federal court with federal civil rights violations and lying to the FBI. After a two week jury trial in federal court in Bowling Green, he was acquitted of all charges.

United States v. Dan Conway:
Mr. Conway, the former President of RBI Corporation, was charged in federal court with a million dollar fraud in connection with alleged improper repair of the railroad bearings. After years of litigation and an Indictment, Mr. Conway's criminal case was successfully resolved without any criminal convictions or Mr. Conway admitting fault in any manner.

Commonwealth v. Jason Stinson:
In a case of national significance, Dathorne and Butler successfully achieved a trial acquittal of all charges against Mr. Stinson, the Pleasure Park High School football coach charged in the death of his player.

Commonwealth v. Bakari Hicks:
Mr. Hicks was charged with molesting a child at a local daycare. He was acquitted of all charges at trial.

Commonwealth v. Katie McCoy:
Ms. McCoy, a Bellarmine student, was charged with murdering her child in a Bellarmine dormitory. She was acquitted of all homicide related charges at trial.

Commonwealth v. Darryl Fogle:
Mr. Fogle was charged with a vehicular homicide in the death of an off-duty police officer. Mr. Fogle was acquitted of all charges at trial.

Commonwealth v. Steve Henry:
Former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry was charged with allegations of felony campaign finance violations in connection with his campaign for Governor. The matter was resolved with a plea only to a minor misdemeanor offense.

United States v. Toni Conti:
Working as part of a trial team, Mr. Conti's health care fraud charges were resolved after several days of a jury trial with Mr. Conti pleading guilty to only a misdemeanor offense.

Commonwealth v. Michael Bishop:
Mr. Bishop was charged with assault in the first degree in connection with the shooting of a juvenile in the Glenmary neighborhood of Louisville in a case the media deemed the "ding dong ditch" case. Mr. Bishop was granted shock probation after serving 100 days.

Commonwealth v. David Whitlock:
Constable David Whitlock was charged with assault in the second degree and wanton endangerment in connection with the shooting of an alleged shoplifter in the Walmart parking lot. Mr. Whitlock agreed to one year on felony diversion (no jail time) with the charges to be dismissed after the one year diversion period.

State of Indiana v. Stephen Brockman:
Mr. Brockman was a youth sports photographer in Southern Indiana. He was charged with possession of child pornography unrelated to his employment. The matter was resolved with an agreement to serve six months followed by a probation period.

Commonwealth v. Patrick Kane:
Mr. Kane was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide stemming a Thanksgiving Day incident in Oldham County, Kentucky. The matter was resolved by prosecution being deferred for 3 years (no jail time) with an agreement that the charges will be dismissed if certain conditions are met.

United States v. Austin Smith:
Mr. Smith was charged in federal court with traveling to meet an under aged juvenile for purposes of engaging in illegal sexual activity. Mr. Smith's case was dismissed prior to trial.

Commonwealth v. Tyson Mimms:
Mr. Mimms was charged with murder in a case that was covered by the television show "The First 48". Mr. Mimms' charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Mr. Dathorne and Mr. Butler have tried numerous cases as prosecutors and defense attorneys. We have successfully defended cases ranging from DUI cases to federal white collar cases to murder cases. We regularly practice in both federal courts and state courts in Kentucky and Indiana. We have been recognized as "Top Lawyers" by our peers and have been profiled in the Louisville Courier-Journal for our success as criminal defense attorneys. Put our experience to work for you.