Michael ButterfieldMichael Butterfield grew up in Northern England and immigrated to Canada in 1983. He completed an undergraduate degree in Classics and Psychology in 1994 and earned his law degree in 2000.

Michael is an accredited Family Law Mediator and Family Law Arbitrator. In 2015, Michael  became an accredited Parenting Co-ordinator. He has also recently completed the requirements to act as a civil arbitrator.

He has a wide range of experience in resolving conflict through negotiation, mediation and collaborative law.

Michael is an accredited civil mediator and member of Mediate BC. Michael is also an active member of the BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute (BCAMI)

Michael commenced his career with MacIsaac and Company, practicing personal injury law. After a brief stint with the Crown Prosecution, Michael opened Butterfield Law practicing criminal and family law. Michael is also the principle mediator and arbitrator at Victoria Mediation Services (VMS)

Over the last 17 years he has practiced primarily in the areas of family, criminal and personal injury. During the last six years, he has developed an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice focusing on family and contract disputes.

Michael is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and served two terms as the Chair of the VIctoria ADR Section. He regularly presents seminars on Alternative Dispute Resolution and family violence issues. Most recently, he presented at the ADR Canada National Conference.

Professional Affiliations
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • ARD Institute of Canada
  • MediateBC
  • Victoria Bar Association
Professional Development (Highlights)
  • 2016   Civil Arbitration Workshop – BCAMI
  • 2016   Civil Arbitration Part II – BCAMI
  • 2016   Drafting Arbitration Clauses – CBA
  • 2016   CBA-Ready, Set, Go: The New BC Societies Act – Presenter
  • 2016   ADR Canada: Reflections and Innovations – Presenter
  • 2016   CBA-ADR Victoria – Presenter
  • 2016   Due Dilligence in the Workplace – Ministry of Labour
  • 2016   Accident Investigation – Ministry of Labour
  • 2016   Advanced Parenting Co-ordination
  • 2015   Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace – Ministry of Labour
  • 2015   Effects of Separation & Divorce on Children – JIBC
  • 2015   Parenting Co-ordination-AFCC
  • 2014   CBA-Mediation in the Context of Family Violence-Presenter
  • 2014   ADR Victoria Modern Mediation-Presenter
  • 2014   New Steps-Working with the Full Team Approach – CFSP
  • 2013   Family Law Arbitration – CLE
  • 2012   Family Law Act: Preparing For Legislative Change
  • 2012   Commercial Litigation 2012 CLE
  • 2011   Domestic Violence and the Law Conference
  • 2010   Practice Refresher – Small Claims Court
  • 2010   Practice Refresher – BC Supreme Court
  • 2010   Practice Refresher – Family Law
  • 2010   Legal Research Essentials: Finding Cases on Point
  • 2010   Family Law: Supreme Court Rules
  • 2010   Understanding High Conflict Files
  • 2009   Family Law Mediation Level II
  • 2009   Family Law Mediation Level I
  • 2009   Managing High Conflict Personalities
  • 2009   Child Protection Conference
  • 2008   Family Law Boot Camp – Drafting
  • 2007   Family Law Conference
  • 2006   Family Law Boot Camp – Civil Procedure
  • 2005   Criminal Law – Wrongful Convictions
  • 2004   Advanced Family Law Issues (Pensions)
  • 2004   Collaborative Separation & Divorce
  • 2003   YCJA Implementation Conference
  • 2002   YCJA Implementation Conference