Eileen E. Butler
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Ms. Butler first practiced law for five years as a public defender.  After two years of general civil practice and as she began to raise her family, she limited her practice to the acceptance of guardian ad litem (GAL) appointments from Superior Courts in Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties.  In 1998 she formed the Skagit County Guardian Ad Litem Committee, a forum for GALs accepted onto the court registry to discuss and learn about GAL issues.  She is a former member of the Skagit County Guardian ad Litem Review Committee, which reviews GAL applications and monitors complaints against them. Ms. Butler has expanded her practice to include adoptions.  In 2016, Ms. Butler became certified as a Parenting Evaluator from the University of Washington’s Parenting Evaluation Training Program (PETP).  Ms. Butler is also the president of the Skagit County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers, 2016-2017.

Ms. Butler conducts GAL investigations and prepares reports and recommendations to the Superior Court on parenting plans in dissolution and paternity matters, dependency proceedings, probate distributions to minors, and minor settlements. She represents alleged incapacitated persons in guardianship cases. In adoption matters, in addition to representing parties wishing to adopt, Ms. Butler also prepares pre and post placement reports. She also acts as a parenting evaluator, special representative, parenting coordinator, case manager, and arbitrator, deciding disputes related to final parenting plan matters. Her dispute resolution practice is limited to family law matters.

Ms. Butler grew up in Watertown, New York. She graduated with honors from Miami University and from the University of Cincinnati Law School. Ms. Butler completed intensive training as a family law mediator from the University of Washington Law School, parenting coordinator from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, and most recently as a Parenting Evaluator from the University of Washington. She has been a director on multiple community arts boards and currently serves on the Art in the Alleys committee of the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, and Youthnet, a support network for youth and families in the community.

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