J. Kenneth Butera


J. Kenneth Butera joined the Firm in 2002.

His practice focuses on restaurant and liquor license law, commercial and personal civil litigation, construction litigation, municipal law, zoning and land development issues, real estate, estate planning, commercial collections and domestic relations law. Ken has effectively litigated cases in Federal Court, as well as, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.

Prior to joining the Firm, he clerked for an Associate Dean of the Villanova University School of Law, served on the board of the Villanova Public Interest Fellowship Program and worked in the Villanova Farm Worker’s Legal Aid Clinic. He also served as a clerk at the Senior Citizen Judicare Project in Philadelphia representing the interest of lower income seniors. Before beginning law school, Ken owned and operated an accomplished contracting business that focused on the renovation and restoration of architecturally significant buildings. He is thus well grounded in all aspects of construction litigation. He remains active in local politics.

Professional Memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Tavern Association
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association


  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • University of Washington (B.S., 1996)
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2002)

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Pathway School for the Learning Disabled, 2007 – 2013
  • In 2011 Ken was elected to serve on the Phoenixville Area School Board, he was re-elected in November of 2015, and served until 2019.
  • Board Member, Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (Brandywine Chapter) 2013-2015

Select Practice Areas

  • Liquor Licenses
  • Restaurants
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Corporations/Partnerships
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Collection
  • Zoning and Land Development
  • Estate Planning


Born and raised in the region, Ken moved to Seattle Washington in the early 90’s where he finished his undergraduate education from the University of Washington. Despite his love for the Pacific Northwest, he returned to the region in the late 90’s and attended Villanova University School of Law. Ken joined the firm in 2002 shortly after his graduation.

His interests are in architecture, cooking, cycling and history.

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