Susan M. Butler

Susan M. Butler

Northern Virginia Divorce Attorney

Susan M. Butler | Divorce Lawyer in Northern Virginia

sbutler@shoun.com
Phone: 703-222-3333
Fax: 703-222-3340

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 Issues, Etc.”

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.”