Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC

Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC

Centre, Alabama Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate, and Civil Litigation Attorneys

Firm Overview

Providing quality legal representation since 1979
Even a minor legal issue can disrupt your life. Suddenly, your attention is focused on this one matter, making it feel as though your whole life revolves around it. Whatever your legal concern, you need the guidance of an experienced attorney whom you can trust.

At the Centre, Alabama law firm of Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC we represent clients throughout Cherokee, Dekalb, Etowah and Calhoun counties in matters involving criminal defense, personal injury, family law, estate planning and probate, and civil litigation.

We handle all types of civil litigation including business law and real estate issues.

The right blend of personal and professional legal counsel
We pride ourselves on our ability to offer clients the same knowledgeable, efficient and effective legal counsel available at much larger firms, but without sacrificing individual attention. At Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC you are never passed off to a paralegal when you are trying to reach your attorney. The same lawyer who takes your case is with you every step of the way, and your calls and emails are always returned.

Our attorneys aggressively work to protect your best interests, whether that involves negotiating a settlement or taking your case to trial. We take your legal issue as seriously as you do and never lose sight of how much you have at stake. We invest the time and effort to ensure optimal results based on your unique situation.

We maintain flexible hours with evening and weekend appointments available by request, and our office is located just two blocks from the Cherokee County Courthouse. Home and hospital visits are available for clients who are unable to meet with us in our office.

Main Office

Main Office
440 West Main Street
Centre AL 35960


(256) 927-5764


(256) 927-2500

Personal Injury

Northeast Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers

An injury can change your life forever. You may be left unable to work, to take care of yourself or your family, or to enjoy the same activities as you did before you were injured. And the cost can go well beyond the physical, leaving emotional, mental and financial scars on you and your loved ones.

While no court decision or amount of money can take the place of your good health, if your injury was caused by someone else's negligence, you deserve justice. The Cherokee County personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC in Centre, Ala. fight to ensure you receive the compensation and peace of mind to which you are entitled.

We represent plaintiffs in Alabama personal injury cases involving:
-Motor vehicle accidents
-Auto accidents
-Trucking accidents
-Motorcycle accidents
-Medical malpractice
-Premises liability (slips and falls)
-Products liability
-Social Security Disability
-Workplace injuries
-Wrongful death
-Fighting on behalf of Alabama personal injury victims

We investigate every detail of your case and consult with medical experts regarding the impact of your injuries on your life and your long-term well-being. Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We aggressively seek to maximize your award by building a strong, thorough case. Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who know when to push back against the opposition and take your case to trial, and when to negotiate a settlement. We always act with your best interests in mind.

Auto accident lawyers in Alabama
Each day, countless Americans hop into their cars without giving a second thought to the dangers involved. And yet, each day, thousands of motor vehicle crashes occur - many of them fatal. Even a car accident that seems minor can inflict major damage, such as:
-Broken bones
-Neck pain
-Back pain
-Whiplash injuries
-Spinal cord injuries
-Brain injuries
-Traffic fatalities

Accidents that involve cars and trucks or cars and motorcycles can be even more deadly, depending on which vehicle you are in at the time of the crash. Most passenger cars do not stand a chance against 18-wheelers. Likewise, motorcycles are not built to protect their riders when something goes wrong, leaving them especially vulnerable in a collision with an automobile.

Social Security Disability attorneys
When an injury or illness is so serious that you are unable to work, you may be classified as disabled. Depending on the nature of your disability and the length of time you are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In order to obtain SSD benefits, you must first pass the following:
-A "recent work" test based on your age at the time you became disabled
-A "duration of work" test to demonstrate that you worked long enough under Social Security to qualify
If you pass both of those tests, you may then file for SSD. The Social Security Administration considers the following when processing your SSD claim:
-Your medical condition
-When your medical condition started
-How your medical condition limits your activities
-Your ability to engage in various daily tasks
-Results of medical tests
-Medical treatments you have received
-Your age and education
-Your past work experience and training

SSD benefits are not easy to obtain. The application process is complex and time-consuming. It is best handled with the assistance of a skilled Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. At Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC, we have a deep working knowledge of how the system works, and of how best to present your initial claim or appeal.

Chad Hopper

Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC

Chad Hopper has been with Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC since 2000. He earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University.

Mr. Hopper is a member and Deacon at Centre First Baptist Church. He is also past Chairman of the Board for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and past President of the University of Alabama Alumni Association Cherokee County Chapter. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the Board President for the Cherokee County Children's Advocacy Center and has served in the Centre Lions Club and as President of the Cherokee County Bar Association. He is active in youth sports, serving as a coach and referee in Upward Basketball and football.

Chad is known as a relentless litigator with trial experience in all matters of family law, divorce, criminal defense and civil litigation, including appeals. He also enjoys assisting clients with wills, estates and Social Security Disability. He handles all kinds of accident cases, including car and truck accidents and wrongful death.

Practice areas
-Family law
-Personal injury law
-Social Security Disability
-Automobile accidents and injuries
-Wrongful death
-Criminal law
-Wills, trusts and estates
-Real estate and title insurance
-Civil litigation - plaintiffs and defendants

Bar admissions
-Alabama, 2000
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2000

-J.D., University of Alabama, 2000
-B.S. in accounting, summa cum laude, Jacksonville State University, 1997

-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

-Cherokee County Bar Association
-President, 2003 to 2010
-Alabama State Bar
-American Bar Association
-Centre First Baptist Church
-Member and Deacon
-Centre Lions Club
-Cherokee County Children's Advocacy Center
-Board President, 2003 to 2007
-Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
-Chairman of Board, 2006 to 2007
-Cherokee County JOBS Task Force
-President, 2006 to present
-University of Alabama Alumni Association Cherokee County Chapter
President, 2004 to 2005


University of Alabama
Juris Doctorate ,

H. Dean Buttram

Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC

A native of Gadsden, H. Dean Buttram Jr. earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala. in 1978. During law school, he was awarded the American Jurisprudence "Book Awards" for his achievements in Equity Law and Criminal Law. He entered private practice in 1978 after being admitted to the Alabama Bar.

In 1998, Mr. Buttram was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. His nomination received the unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate, and Mr. Buttram served in this prestigious position until June 30, 2002, when he returned to private practice in Centre.

He has served as the attorney for the Cherokee County Commission since 1980 and is local counsel for Alabama Power.
Mr. Buttram has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Centre, Alabama, for 50 years. He has served as Finance Chairman for the past five years. An animal lover and owner of horses, dogs and cats, Mr. Buttram is Vice President of the Cherokee Humane Society, Inc.

Practice areas
-Family law
-Criminal law
-Personal injury
-Wills and estates
-Civil litigation
-Business entity formation
-Real estate
-Title insurance
-Municipal law

Bar admissions
-Alabama, 1978
-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 1979
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

-J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 1978
---Phi Alpha Theta
-M.P.A., Jacksonville State University, 1975
-M.B.A., Jacksonville State University, 1974
-B.A., Jacksonville State University, 1972

-Alabama Ethics Commission, 1992 to 1997
-Alabama State Bar
-American Bar Association

-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Cumberland School of Law
Juris Doctorate ,

William M. Hawkins Jr.

Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC

The son of a coal miner, William M. Hawkins Jr. grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He graduated with honors from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. Mr. Hawkins earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 1989, where he was a member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Hawkins has a wide range of practice and represents a diverse field of clientele. He is experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well as domestic relations. He also has an extensive criminal defense background, including defense of charges involving capital murder. Mr. Hawkins has also represented the town of Cedar Bluff and the Cherokee County Commission for the last 20 years.

Mr. Hawkins lives in Centre and attends the Centre First United Methodist Church. He is actively involved in youth sports, serving as a coach and president of the local Dixie Youth Baseball League. He is also past president of the Centre Optimist Club.

Practice areas
-Personal injury
-Wrongful death
-Criminal defense
-Domestic relations and custody
-General civil litigation

Bar admissions
-Alabama, 1989
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
-U.S. Supreme Court

-J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1989
-B.S., James Madison University, 1986

-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

-Alabama State Bar
-Alabama Trial Lawyers Association

-"Section 1983: A Basic Understanding" American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Vol 12: 2 Fall 1988


James Madison University
Juris Doctorate ,