Barnett Benvenuti & Butler PLLC

Attorneys At Law

Wesley R. Butler


Work Phone: (859) 226-0312

Wesley R. Butler works on a variety of health care issues, with an emphasis on issues involving patient safety, reimbursement and regulatory and licensure matters. He has been invited to present on a variety of health care topics to hospital associations, health systems, physician groups and government agencies.

Prior to founding BB&B, Wes served as counsel for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services by appointment of the Kentucky Governor. He served between 2004 and 2006 as Deputy General Counsel in charge of the Cabinet’s litigation responsibilities and managing the Cabinet’s staff attorneys. In 2006, Wes was appointed General Counsel of the Cabinet, which at the time had a staff of 40 attorneys, 13 departments, over 10,000 employees, and a $6.7 Billion budget. Throughout his time at the Cabinet he represented and advised Medicaid, Public Health, Certificate of Need, Behavioral Health, Department for Community Based Services and the Office of Inspector General.

Wes earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1997, where he enjoyed participating and competing on the Moot Court Board. In his third year he and a fellow student competed in the National Telecommunications Moot Court Tournament sponsored by The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where they were named National Semi-finalists.

Wes graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. At graduation he was awarded the Sullivan Medallion given to the University’s Outstanding Graduating Man. He was also awarded the Edith Schwab Memorial Scholar by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, working with the late Vic Hellard, Jr., the long-time director of the Kentucky LRC.

He is a member of the Fayette County and Kentucky Bar Associations and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice before the state courts of Kentucky, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Outside of BB&B, Wes enjoys travel with his family and an occasional round of golf. For several years he has volunteered with Room in the Inn and served as an advocate with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). In 2003, he traveled to India with the International Justice Mission where he performed legal work for men, women and children in bonded labor. Before entering law school, Wes spent several summers as a Park Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Phone: 859-226-0312

Fax: 859-226-0313

Barnett Benvenuti & Butler PLLC

489 East Main Street, Suite 300

Lexington, KY 40507