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Robert D. Butler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Bellingham, WA

Law Office of Robert Butler
1303 Commercial St, Ste 4
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-325-7242
Fax: 360-543-4460
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Robert D. Butler is the founder and principal of one of the prominent criminal defense firms in Bellingham, Washington, the Law Offices of Robert D. Butler. Offering legal services to Whatcom County, Skagit County, San Juan County and Island County in the Pacific Northwest, his practice includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serious felonies
  • Sex offenses
  • Violent crimes, assault and domestic violence
  • Felon in possession of firearms
  • Drug crimes
  • Theft and property crimes
  • Driving under the influence and driving violation
  • Civil rights and police misconduct
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination and hostile work environment

A staunch professional and understanding attorney, Mr. Butler is skillful with extensive experience in criminal law on the municipal, state and federal levels. He has defended clients on a wide range of criminal matters for close to three decades. Besides helping clients cope with their stressful situations, he counsels them on overcoming their fears and mistrust of the justice system by explaining legalese in everyday language. 

Mr. Butler completed his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1984 at the University of Portland and his Juris Doctor in 1992 at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of Law). Before obtaining his law degree, he worked as a teacher. An active Washington licensee, he served as the president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a board member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

With a solid reputation in the community, Mr. Butler plays a vital role in organizations such as the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the Whatcom County Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Business Club. He regularly lectures on a range of topics related to criminal trial practice and strategy. 

Mr. Butler has a score of 10.0 out of 10.0 on Avvo. He is also a recipient of Avvo’s Client Choice award in the year 2012 and the Washington State Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Public Service Award several times in a row. His favorite pastimes are spending time with his children and grandchildren as well as playing golf, skiing, traveling and boating.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Wrongful Termination, Litigation


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022

About Robert D. Butler

First Admitted: 1993, Washington

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past Board Member for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 
  • Member of The Washington State Bar Association
  • Member of The Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Elected to the Executive Committee, as Secretary of the Board of Governors for Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)

Educational Background

  • University of Portland, Secondary Education, 1984
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1992

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Elected president-elect of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers., 2018
  • Elected to the Board of Governors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, serving as vice-chair of the Council of Affiliates. , 2018
  • Served on Whatcom County Judicial Review Committee as Chair, 2018
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Office Location for Robert D. Butler

1303 Commercial St
Ste 4
Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: 360-325-7242

Fax: 360-543-4460

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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