Elyse B. Butler, Cfls

Elyse B. Butler, CFLS

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Practice Areas:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child & Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Post-Judgment Modifications
  • Paternity
  • Appeals
  • Ending Chronic Homelessness in America’s Major Cities: The Justice System Component, The University of San Francisco Law Review, Fall, Vol. 42, 2007


Ms. Butler is a distinguished lawyer based in San Diego, California. She is Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law; an accomplishment only approximately 5% of attorneys earn. She is also Verified by the Lead Counsel Review Board. As the founder of Butler Law, her client-focused approach to everything from property division to child custody and visitation has earned her recognition from Super Lawyers Magazine, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, and the National Advocates. She has had the pleasure of representing NFL players, Grammy nominated musicians, and international CEOs.

In addition to her training and detailed knowledge of California law, Ms. Butler attributes her success over the years to her in-depth understanding of family dynamics and the long-term consequences of legal actions on family members. She recognizes both the emotional and the financial challenges that arise in difficult family matters, and as such works hard to achieve solutions that both meet individual goals and preserve relationships. Complex cases with international assets or child relocation (move-away) matters to countries outside the United States are those that truly remind her of why she practices family law.
To continue providing her clients with industry-leading service, she keeps her eye on prevailing trends within family law. She is passionate about providing families with much-needed assistance in finding peaceful solutions that maintain familial relationships as best as possible. Through compassionate, client-focused representation, along with creative legal strategies including collaborative divorce or mediation when appropriate, Ms. Butler does everything in her power to provide clients with resolutions that promise a bright future. However, for issues that cannot be settled, she is thoroughly skilled and versed in complex family law trials.

Ms. Butler earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Arizona State University. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor at California Western School of Law where she volunteered at the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic and the Family Law Facilitator's Office. She also spent time clerking for the Honorable Robert C. Coates (ret.), further developing both her writing and legal skills by assisting in the legal research and drafting of Ending Chronic Homelessness in America's Major Cities: The Justice System Component (University of San Francisco Law Review, Fall 2007, Vol. 42.).

CERTIFIED FOR PUBLICATION COURT OF APPEAL, FOURTH APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION ONE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. APPEAL from an order of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Marcella O. McLaughlin, Judge. Reversed. L. R., in pro. per.; Elyse B. Butler and Chalsie D. Keller for Appellant. 

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2014


  • Lead Counsel Rated and Verified, California, Thomson Reuters, 2015-Present
  • “10 Best” Attorneys – Under 40, California, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016-Present
  • “10 Best” in Client Satisfaction, California, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016-Present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer, Recipient
  • Finance Monthly Magazine Legal Awards
  • Who’s Who
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney, Best of the Best Attorneys
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 10%, the American Registry
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney, Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals, the American Registry
  • Top 100 Lawyer, the National Advocates
  • Client Distinction Award, and
  • Noticed, Recipient
  • Lawyer Monthly Women in Law, Recipient
  • Women in Law Awards, Lawyer Magazine, 2020

Professional Associations

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • San Diego Bar Association, LRIS Referral Member (Family Law)
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Family Law Section

Bar Admission

  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D.
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    • Major: Justice Studies

Published Works

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic, Volunteer
  • Family Law Facilitator's Office, Volunteer

Past Positions

  • Honorable Robert C. Coates (ret.), Clerk


  • English

Child Custody

Development years of a child’s life go by so quickly, I didn’t want to waste a moment of them worrying about legalities. Thanks, Butler Law, PC!
– A.M.

Honest Attorney

“I always felt that Elyse Butler listened to what I had to say and was always honest. I would highly recommend her in a divorce case.”
– M.B.

Five Stars!

“Thanks to Elyse Butler I am able to enjoy the time I wanted to spend, quality moments with my daughter without having to worry.”
– V.H.

Focused On My Goals

Butler Law, PC, allowed me to focus on what mattered most. I never thought a situation like this could be this easy to get through.”
– G.S.