Donald K. Butler received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia State Bar in recognition of his many contributions to the development of family law. These contributions include authorship of numerous articles in journals and law reviews on virtually every aspect of family law from property to child custody to taxes. He has lectured on all of these subjects to lawyers and judges and at law schools. Mr. Butler participated at the inception of the enactment of Virginia’s legislation on equitable distribution of marital property. He has also been in integral part of the development of family law through ongoing changes in legislation as well as precedent setting appellate decisions in the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.
Mr. Butler served as Chairman and President of various family law organizations, including the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Since inception of the publication of The Best Lawyers in America, he has been included every year, resulting in his receiving the twenty-five year certification from that research organization. He has also been included every year in other similar publications which compile these lists of top lawyers in their field through peer surveys, including Virginia Super Lawyers.
Mr. Butler’s experience and reputation has afforded him opportunities outside of his law practice. He has been a script consultant on legal matters for two movies, and he has appeared on radio and television numerous times, both locally and nationally, including “Larry King” and “Dateline NBC.” Mr. Butler has also been a frequent speaker to civic and religious groups. Seeking insight from his perspective as a divorce lawyer, one topic he has been asked by these groups to speak about numerous times is how to avoid divorce.