Marla R. Butler - Fellow Spotlight

Marla Butler

Marla R. Butler is a Partner in the New York office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.   She has been a trial lawyer and patent litigator for more than 10 years. Throughout her career, she has been the lead lawyer in matters that have been resolved by trial, mediation and arbitration. She has litigated medical, semiconductor, LCD, networking and other electronics technologies. With results and client service as her primary objectives, she has helped technology clients monetize their patent assets and/or defend against lawsuits that threaten their business. Ms. Butler's goal is to continue to grow her practice by representing individuals or companies who wish to aggressively enforce their patent rights and companies accused of infringing the patent rights of others.

Ms. Butler's current representations include an inventor asserting a patent related to computer hard drive technology in an action against computer and hard drive manufacturers, an inventor asserting patents related to open network communications in several separate actions against mobile phone manufacturers, and a large company accused of infringing four patents related to network infrastructure products.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Butler has sought out opportunities throughout her career to contribute to various aspects of firm culture and management. In this regard, Ms. Butler is Chair of the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Diversity Committee and has been a member of the firm's Executive Board since March 2009.  In addition, she has formal and informal mentoring relationships with many associates in the firm.

In addition to being a Litigation Counsel of America fellow, Ms. Butler is a member of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.  She also serves as a mentor in the Point Foundation scholarship program.

Ms. Butler received a degree in English from Cleveland State University in 1991 and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1997.  In law school, Ms. Butler won a first place moot court victory, a first place mock trial victory, and served as President of the mock trial team.  She currently lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her partner Lainie Butler and their fifteen month old son Jackson. 

Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.