Elyse B. Butler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Diego, CA

Contreras Law Firm
 | 402 West Broadway, Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-238-0616
Fax: 619-342-3166
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Elyse B. Butler is a distinguished lawyer based in San Diego, California. She is Certified by the State Bar of California and Verified by the Lead Counsel Review Board. As a shareholder and partner of Contreras Law Firm, 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.

    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. In particular, Ms. Butler is paying close attention and enjoys representing clients in the fairly new area of surrogacy 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 a 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.).

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

    Certificates and Credentials

    California Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Elyse Butler

    Admitted: 2008, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.contreraslawfirm.com/About-Us/Elyse-B-Butler.sht...


    • Nominated 2013 Top Young Attorney, presented by The Daily Transcript
    • Volunteered, Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic, California Western School of Law
    • Volunteered, Family Law Facilitator’s Office, California Western School of Law

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Illinois
    • American Bar Association
    • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • San Diego Bar Association, LRIS Referral Member
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • California


    Educational Background:

    • Arizona State University, B.A. summa cum laude, Major: Journalism and Mass Communication Specializing in Media Analysis and Criticism from the College of Public Programs, Major: Justice Studies
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    Office Location for Elyse B. Butler

    402 West Broadway
    Suite 1200
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: 619-238-0616

    Fax: 619-342-3166

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    Last Updated: 4/14/2020

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