Chuck Butler, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Chuck Butler grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He graduated magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, from Georgetown in 1990 with a B.A. in history. After college, Chuck served for four years as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army, stationed for the most part in Germany. Chuck then attended law school at New York University, where he was Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review and published The Defense of Marriage Act: Congress’s Use of Narrative in the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage, 73 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 841 (1998).
Following law school and a federal judicial clerkship, Chuck practiced litigation and legislative advisory work with Covington & Burling and then Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. Among notable cases, Chuck represented civil rights groups in a successful challenge to a referendum petition to repeal Maryland’s Antidiscrimination Act, and represented the parents of slain Army soldier Barry Winchell in obtaining reforms to the Pentagon’s former “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Chuck left private practice in 2007 to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in Maryland, representing Maryland in major litigation. Chuck currently is a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Chuck also teaches Advanced Legal Writing at Georgetown Law Center.
Chuck has been active with local, state, and national community and political organizations, including serving for several years on the board of Equality Maryland. Chuck lives with his husband, Mark Rupp, in Takoma Park, Maryland.