Susan M. Butler

Attorney Bio

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.
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Ms. Butler 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 (inactive), Connecticut, and before the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Virginia and Fairfax Bar Association.

Ms. Butler was an elected member of the Virginia State Bar Council from 2008 to 2014. She is a former faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course of the Virginia State Bar, and is the co-chair 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. She was selected to the Virginia Lawyers’ Weekly Inaugural list of Influential Woman of Law. She has been a member of the VSB Board of Governors section on Family Law since 2014 and is the current vice chair.

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Awards & Recognitions

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Martindale Hubbell 2023 award
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Best Lawyers award Susan M. Butler
Northern Virginia Magazine TopLawyer 2019 Badge
Northern Virginia Magazing Top Lawyers 2017
Washingtonian 2020 top lawyer badge
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Virginia mediation network
Washintonian 2022 Top Lawyers award
Top Divorce Lawyer Washintonian 2023 award


  • Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law


  • Listed in “Super Lawyers®” as one of the Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA
  • Recognized in “Best Lawyers®” in America for work in Family Law Attorneys

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Prince William Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Fairfax Law Foundation
  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals
  • Fairfax Circuit Court Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Collaborative Professionals
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers

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    “Although divorce is never fun Susan Butler and her team made the unpleasant experience tolerable. Additionally, they saved me hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
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4000 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033

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