Areas of Practice
  • Spanish
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, BBA, summa cum laude, 2003
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Allison H. Eid, Colorado Supreme Court, 2007-2008
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Jared R. Butcher

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6266
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Jared R. Butcher is an associate in Steptoe’s Washington office.  He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and judgment enforcement, domestic and international arbitration, and internal corporate investigations, including fraud, whistleblower claims, and suspected theft of trade secrets and proprietary information.  He also assists the Blockchain and Digital Currency practice with various matters.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Butcher represents clients in all phases of civil litigation, domestic and international arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.  He assists with proceedings in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, domestic and international arbitrations, and government agency investigations.  Mr. Butcher has taken lead roles in high-stakes litigation and arbitration, and has a wide range of experience with rapidly changing litigation, including temporary restraining orders, provisional remedies, and proceedings in Virginia’s rocket docket.

He frequently represents clients involved in cross-border litigation and arbitration, including investor-state disputes.  For instance, he served as a member of the Steptoe team that represented ExxonMobil in connection with its worldwide effort to obtain compensation from Venezuela and PDVSA, the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, and its subsidiaries following Venezuela’s expropriation without compensation of an ExxonMobil subsidiary’s rights and interests in a joint venture.  The team obtained a series of pre-award attachment and freezing orders world-wide, including attaching more than $300 million in cash in a proceeding in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He also advises clients regarding strategies for taking advantage of available legal protections when conducting business with foreign sovereigns and their agencies.

Mr. Butcher assists clients, both inside and outside the US, regarding enforcement of their judgments and arbitral awards.  He has experience obtaining provisional remedies in aid of arbitration and in the course of post-judgment enforcement, as well as seeking judicial recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards in courts in the US and around the world.

Mr. Butcher also works with Steptoe’s blockchain team in addressing legal and regulatory issues arising from the many possible commercial applications of distributed ledger technology.  Steptoe’s team advises the industry’s leading companies and advocacy groups.

Internal Corporate Investigations

Mr. Butcher has experience with high-stakes corporate investigations as well.  He assists clients with internal investigations involving allegations of criminal wrongdoing both in the US and abroad, and he has assisted with formulating and implementing strategies in response to investigations by law enforcement authorities and civil lawsuits by third parties.  Most recently, Mr. Butcher assisted with an internal investigation of sales practices at one of the largest privately held US companies, as well as responding to Department of Justice attorneys and the resulting criminal prosecutions.

He has participated in the firm’s representation of various Fortune 500 companies in state and federal court litigations involving claims for corporate espionage, theft of trade secrets, and other proprietary information.  These matters often require emergency measures to prevent serious damage to clients’ interests, and Mr. Butcher successfully obtained and defended against emergency judicial intervention in multiple cases.  He also conducts forensic investigations regarding suspected computer hacking and theft of electronically stored information.

Pro Bono Practice

Mr. Butcher devotes significant time to pro bono representations.  He has represented multiple low-income individuals in housing-related disputes.  Recently, he has dedicated his time to matters involving abused and neglected children.  For example, he represented a foster parent, referred by the Children’s Law Center, in a long-running and contentious family court proceeding in which the court ultimately granted a permanent guardianship order in favor of his client.  His pro bono work has been honored by the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at its annual Wiley A. Branton Awards ceremony.