J. Butera is from the Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania area and received his Bachelor's
degree in 1966 from St. Joseph's College in
He was then commissioned in the United
States Marine Corps and served two combat
tours in Vietnam.
His decorations include the Bronze Star
Medal, the Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation
and two Presidential Unit Citations.
Upon leaving the Marine Corps at the
rank of Captain, Mr. Butera entered Georgetown
University Law School.
graduating in 1972, he began his law and
government relations career on the staff of
the American Bankers Association.
From 1974 to 1989, he handled federal
government matters for the National Council of
Savings Institutions, a major Washington-based
national trade association.
During his tenure at that association,
Mr. Butera directed its government affairs
program and served as the organization's
Executive Vice President.
on a federally-appointed financial
institutions Advisory Council in 1987 and
1988. In 1988, he was among the industry experts selected to
American Agenda, under the direction of
former Presidents Carter and Ford, to identify
the major banking issues facing the incoming
1989, Mr. Butera opened his own law and
government relations firm, and has since that
time represented various clients on
legislative and regulatory matters.
He has published law review articles on
a variety of topics, and was a contributing
author to Jaws of Victory, an analysis of presidential politics published by
Little, Brown & Co.