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Elyse B. Butler is an attorney at Contreras Law. Her practice focuses primarily on family law matters. Ms. Butler’s experience includes dissolution and legal separation proceedings, child custody and visitation, establishment of parental relationships, child support, spousal support, post-judgment modifications, mediation, preparation and review of marital settlement agreements, and both the preparation and defense of domestic violence restraining orders.

Ms. Butler is a member of the State Bar of California, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, and the State Bar of Illinois.

Ms. Butler attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she volunteered at both the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic and the Family Law Facilitator’s Office located within the downtown family law courthouse.

In 2013, Ms. Butler was nominated for The Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorney.  Prior to joining Contreras Law, Ms. Butler was an attorney for a downtown San Diego firm.  Ms. Butler also clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Coates (Ret.) with whom she helped in the legal research and drafting of Ending Chronic Homelessness in America’s Major Cities: The Justice System Component, published in the University of San Francisco Law Review, Fall 2007, Vol. 42.

Areas of Practice:
•Dissolution and Legal Separation Proceedings
•Child Custody and Visitation
•Child Support
•Spousal Support
•Post-Judgment Modifications
•Marital Settlement Agreements

•Adult and Step-Parent Adoptions
•Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Bar Admissions:
•U.S. District Court Southern District

Professional Associations and Memberships:
•San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
•San Diego Family Law Bar Association

•Lawyers Club of San Diego

•Nominated 2013 Top Young Attorney, presented by The Daily Transcript


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Family: 50%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew Jack Botros

    I’ve had a couple cases against Ms. Butler. I found her to be a very capable trial attorney with a particularly strong understanding of the evidence code. I endorse her.


    Andrew Botros Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Nuni Mauricio Reznik

    I've had the pleasure of seeing Elyse's work first hand and she is extremely knowledgeable in family law matters. Her court skills are superb and she is great at simplifying legal issues for her clients.


    Nuni Reznik Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Contreras Law

402 W Broadway
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA, 92101-8509


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201011/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Family Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar2014
2013 Top Young Attorney, NomineeThe Daily Transcript2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyContreras Law2014 - Present
Managing Attorney | Family Law DivisionBoyd Contreras, APC2011 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Offices of Andy Cook2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Family Law Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoMember2013 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2004