3.5 stars 5 totalReview Laura Butler
Posted by anonymous
I booked a consultation 6 weeks in advance, I had a bit of a complicated history with my former spouse and really needed solid legal advice and counsel. Her paralegal was very professional, responsive, and thorough, asking detailed questions that I gave thorough answers to. I may add I also drove down to Charlottesville for this meeting from 9 hours away, and booked a hotel for 2 nights. When I walked into her office she seemed flustered and asked "why are you here from ny?". Among a flurry of other questions I had already answered in great detail prior to our meeting. She literally hadn't even looked at my file until 30 seconds before I walked into the room, or so it seemed. She was extremely rude on top of being completely unprepared. She did not even know if bigamy was a felony in VA, which was one of my main issues i needed counsel on. Nor did she know if you need proof of divorce before obtaining a marraige license, which is an obvious no brainer. She put me on the spot to email my separation agreement from my phone, even though I had sent it weeks prior. I was so appalled by her attitude and lack of decorum, it was like she had a twin sister who was the ACTUAL lawyer had said that morning "hey, will you fill in for my appts this morning?" and this woman with zero professionalism or knowledge stepped in for her. Between berating me and fiance, googling things she didnt know, and entering the wrong names in the computer, she spent the rest of the hour bashing the miller law group, multiple times, who happened to be the firm that recommended her to me in the first place. Classy. In retrospect, I should have just walked out in the first 5 minutes. And its not about money. I had $3000 cash in my purse for a retainer if need be. It was the fact that my fiance and I were treated so poorly. I cannot believe this woman is allowed to practice law in Virginia.
Posted by anonymous
I booked Laura for an initial consultation for a simple, no fault divorce. She came across as the stereotypical greedy, arrogant lawyer who will do anything to part you with your hard earned cash. She clearly didn't like it that I had prepared the Separation Agreement myself using an online form, but was happy to charge $48 for the few minutes she spent explaining why she could not help and why I should use her services instead of doing the paperwork myself. I didn't have a good feeling even from the first contact, so I decided to pay whatever she was asking and never see her again! AVOID!
Posted by Anonymous
Five words: "I like to be perfect." These are words you want and need your attorney to say, and they are a direct quote from Laura Blair Butler of Tucker Griffin Barnes. She represents me in my very contentious and scary separation/divorce case. I hired her after my first attorney refused to return my calls for ten days. Laura has always been incredibly professional, punctual, and responsive. I have the utmost trust in her and respect for her; I have never questioned her ethics. My children feel welcome and enjoy playing in the toy/library area in the lobby of the firm. In addition, it is abundantly clear to me that Laura Butler maintains great respect for the judge and good working relationships with other family law attorneys in Charlottesville. I have recommended Laura to many other individuals. She is NOT a hand holder, but she is brutally honest, knows the law inside and out, has an amazing work ethic, and is very creative in her problem solving. She will research anything and everything to reach the best conclusions. I need empathy and compassion, and I seek solace from my friends, family, and other professionals. I have been very frightened in my case, for myself and our children, and have been to the police and the women's shelter on numerous occasions. I even had a local, very well-respected mediator warn me about going to court against my ex and his attorney who has a huge reputation ("he is the best.") Nevertheless, I trusted my instincts and I trusted Laura, and I am very glad I did. I believe that Laura does not push for litigation unless it is truly necessary, however. She warns me against actions that would be more money than they are worth and does not endeavor to rack up my invoices. She communicates as necessary, but does not send wordy emails, long messages, or spend unnecessary time with me. All in all, I feel she really has my back. I cannot recommend her strongly enough, and cannot imagine having another attorney. I am extremely fortunate to have met her and to have her represent me.
Posted by obese.not
In every professional dealing I have had with Laura Butler, I have found her to be exceptionally knowledgeable and well-prepared. Her knowledge of the law has been thorough in each of our dealings. In addition, she has consistently been able to see my situation and her counsel has been to the point and helpful for me specifically. She has earned my trust in her judgement. I find her to be pragmatic and an effective communicator - able to grasp the situation and to communicate clearly the counsel, advice, and/or solutions that are best each situation.
I have profited from her good judgement.
Posted by anonymous
When you first interview Laura, it is apparent you are in the presence of a true professional in all aspects of family law. From her childhood, Laura was exposed to this often contentious environment presented by the divorce of her parents. From this experience, she can offer valuable counsel to children involved. Her communication skills with her clients are exceptional.
Laura is always prepared. I never saw her surprised either in or out of court. She treats all adversaries with respect, and then proceeds to dismantle them. When I saw how well she knew, and could quickly recall, the details of my case, in court, I was amazed. The other attorney had to refer to his notes to get the names and ages of the children, while Laura was able to give names, ages and the schools they attended without referring to anything. I could tell the respect the judge had for her.
In summary, I never questioned Laura's judgement. When I did not understand something, Laura could give a concise explanation that I easily understood. Laura provides value in representation that lasts much longer than the time you are her active client. Only now, a few years later, do I realize the positive impact, personal and financial, of some of Laura's advice.