Susan M. Butler
Northern Virginia Divorce Attorney
Susan Butler's practice has focused in the area of domestic relations
and family law since she began her practice in 1992. Since 1996, her primary
concentration has been in the court systems of Northern Virginia. She
is a Certified Mediator for Circuit Court Family Cases and a fellow of
the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
While she has brought the majority of her cases to closure without the
necessity of contested court intervention, when it is not possible to
reach an amicable resolution of a matter Ms. Butler has extensive experience
in litigation of equitable distribution, custody, support and other family
law issues in Northern Virginia court systems. Moreover, she has written
appellate briefs and has argued cases before the Virginia Court of Appeals.
She serves as a Neutral Case Evaluator and Conciliator for the Circuit
Court of Fairfax County.
Ms. Butler is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts
and of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She
is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland,
Connecticut, and before the United States Supreme Court. She is a member
of the Virginia and Fairfax Bar Association.
Ms. Butler has been an elected member of the Virginia State Bar Council
since 2008. She is a former faculty member of the Harry L. Cerrico Professionalism
Course of the Virginia State Bar, and is a current member of the VSB's
Law School Professionalism Course. She has been selected for inclusion
in Super Lawyers® list since 2010 and is listed in Best Lawyers in America ®
in the Family Law and Family Law Mediation categories.
Ms. Butler has also taught the following Continuing Legal Education Classes (CLE)
Fairfax Bar Association CLE: “Family Law and Mediation,” October 6, 2009.
Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section: “Collaborative Law:
State of the Practice.” March 12, 2012.
Apple Valley Mediation Network, October 23, 2012. “Spousal Support
in Tough Economic Times.”
Virginia Collaborative Professionals 5th Annual Meeting, November 12, 2012. “Updates on Collaborative Protocols.”
Fairfax Bar Association, Ethical Issues in Three Alternative Approaches
to a Family Law Matter, April 16, 2013.
Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, January 30, 2013. “Ethics
Guidelines for Collaborative Practice: MD, DC and VA.”
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 2013 Family Law Seminar, September 10,
2013.“Modifying and Terminating Spousal Support.”
Practicing Family Law; Avoiding Malpractice, May 13, 2014. “Spousal
Maintenance and Support.”
Annual Divorce Practice Seminar (Virginia Chapter, American Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers; National Center for Family Law, the University of
Richmond; and, The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, January 22, 2015.
“Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: Insurance, Beneficiary Status, Retirement
VTLA Advanced Family Law Retreat: Tying and Untying the Know: Advocating
Same Sex Family Law Issues, February 20-21, 2015. “Federal Benefits/Entitlements.”
Practicing Family Law; Avoiding Malpractice, May 7, 2015. “Tax, Spousal
Support, Child Support and Malpractice Tips.”
34th Annual Family Law Seminar: Hot Topics in Domestic Practice Today, October
15 and October 20, 2015. “Bi-annual Legislative Update.”
32nd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar: Trial Practice Skills, April 21, 2016.
“Crafting a Great Opening Statement.”