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Rhonda F. Butterfield

Divorce and separation Attorney at Anchorage, AK

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Rhonda Butterfield is a strong advocate for men’s rights.  She attended law school during an era when women constituted only 20% of her law school class, and were not part of the “good old boy” club.  Early in her career, she advocated for women’s equal rights in the workplace.  Her philosophy has come full-circle, and she now advocates for men’s equal rights in the family.  Her father was an important person in her upbringing.  Later, as a single parent raising a son and daughter, she came to appreciate the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that parents give in order to raise their children.  She understands the single-parent life – it is the toughest job she has ever had.

Ms. Butterfield has had significant national and international experiences.  She lived in Australia for one year in high school as a Rotary Exchange Student.  Her college career included one year in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill as a political science intern.  She graduated from college early, with high honors, and received a scholarship to attend Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  While there, she was on the staff of the Criminal Law Review.  After graduation in 1976, she came to Alaska for a one-year internship with Supreme Court Justice Jay A. Rabinowitz, and she knew before arriving that she would stay. She has lived and practiced in Fairbanks, Kenai, and Anchorage, as an Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Attorney General, prosecuting all manner of criminal cases, including domestic violence, assaults, and child sexual abuse.  She focused for several years on drug prosecutions, and helped re-write Alaska’s criminal drug laws in the early 1980’s.  She represented Alaska in the Western States Information Network, an information-sharing group focused on eliminating illegal drug trafficking from 5 western states.  She trained as a trial advocate, and became an instructor in trial advocacy.  While in the District Attorney’s Offices and the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals (OSPA), she handled upwards of 150 jury trials, and dozens of appeals.  She traveled around the country in 1993 as the alternate member for Alaska House Speaker Ramona Barnes, a member of the President’s Commission on Model State Drug Laws.  From 1994 – 2001, she worked in the civil side of the state Attorney General’s Office, representing the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED, now CSSD) in the Department of Revenue.  There, she gained a great deal of knowledge about the ins and outs of child support.   After retiring from the state, she entered private practice, and her entire focus has been on family law issues for the past 16 years.  She handles trials, settlements, administrative matters, and appeals with the knowledge, experience, and confidence of someone with 4 decades of legal experience in the Alaska court system. 

Licensed for 45 years
State AK
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 12/13/2022

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Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC
1016 West 6th Ave.
Suite 302
Anchorage, AK, 99501

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Posted by gary | January 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The best representation available in my opinion.
Rhonda represented me through a multi year court battle with my ex-wife that went all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court. I could not have been more pleased with Rhonda's services, or the outcome. Rhonda's depth of experience, her ability to find supporting previous cases to incorporate into her well written briefs, and her Courtroom demeanor were invaluable to the outcome of my case. What I learned during this ordeal was that being right is not enough if the opposing counsel is willing to play loose with the facts. Rhonda has the skill and ability to methodically and systematically refute opposing counsel's false allegations both in written briefs and in oral arguments in front of the Court. There were valid arguments on both sides in my case. Without Rhonda's ability to get the true and relevant facts in front of the Judge (which the opposing counsel was not interesting in presenting), the outcome of my case could have easily gone the other way.
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Posted by lisa | June 12, 2013
Support and advocacy invaluable
Rhonda's support and advocacy on behalf of my needs were invaluable.

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Rhonda F. Butterfield
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Attorney General Of Alaska
  • 1992 - 2001
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorneys Office Alaska
  • 1977 - 1989
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Child Support Committee, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Default Child Support Orders
  • 2015
  • Alaska Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Determining Child Support for Self Employed Persons
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was appointed as an out-of-state custody investigator on one of Ms. Butterfield's cases. Ms. Butterfield represented her client with skill, persistence, and diligence. She was fully responsive to all requests I made and was able to balance being completely respectful for the integrity of my investigation while advocating for her client. During the trial, her questions were succinct and excellent. The overall quality of her representation was outstanding. I would be confident in referring family law clients to her."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Divorce and separation
Anchorage Divorce and separation Lawyer Rhonda F. Butterfield
Rhonda F. Butterfield
Divorce and separation Attorney
Anchorage, AK
Licensed for 45 years