Michael Butterworth, Brandon Davis Named New Orleans CityBusiness 2017 Leadership in Law Honorees

February 22, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Phelps Dunbar partners Michael Butterworth and Brandon Davis have been named 2017 Leadership in Law honorees by New Orleans CityBusiness.

The program recognizes 50 area legal professionals for their career and community accomplishments.

Mr. Davis, who has received the recognition for the second-straight year, practices in the areas of employment-based and family-based immigration, labor and employment and business. As part of his immigration practice, Mr. Davis represents employers and individuals in a wide variety of immigration matters including civil and criminal worksite enforcement defense, visa petitions for employees, students, investors/traders, intracompany transfers, and family sponsored petitions. His employment litigation practice includes representing employers in the defense of employment-related claims, alleging retaliation, discrimination and workplace harassment under federal and state statutes.  

Mr. Butterworth practices in the areas of admiralty and tort litigation and alternative dispute resolution, which includes collision, repair yard, machinery, cargo, pollution and longshoreman personal injury litigation at the trial and appellate level as well as mediation where appropriate. He is a registered civil mediator with the Louisiana State Bar Association. In addition to litigation, Mr. Butterworth teaches in the maritime law program at Tulane University Law School.

A reception will be held on Monday, May 22, at 5 p.m. to recognize the honorees at The New Orleans Museum of Art.


With offices positioned along the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tampa, Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of more than 260 attorneys uniquely equipped to serve clients in the major commercial centers of the burgeoning “Third Coast” of the United States. Locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; and London enable Phelps Dunbar to serve clients not only along the Third Coast, but also the South, nationwide and abroad.