Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Attorney Donna L. Buttler

Practice Focus and Philosophy

I concentrate my practice on Family Law and the issues that have led to the breakdown of afamily including divorce, child custody, parenting plans, support, alimony, restraining orders and premarital agreements. With my experience, knowledge and creativity, I advocate for my client's interest in ways that rebuild family stability and financial strength after a divorce or separation.

I am in a unique position to advocate for you because I am experienced in so many tools which you can use to bring a resolution to your conflict. I have extensive education in collaborative divorce and mediation. These are negotiation models that avoid the use of the court. If necessary, I am also an experienced litigator who has conducted trials for over twenty years in the local state courts and therefore, I am knowledgeable of the decisions of the area judges. Having all these options to resolve your case gives you much more control over the outcome.

The impact of a divorce on a family often requires a comprehensive financial plan as part of rebuilding of your future. I am experienced in the review and transfer of retirement accounts and pensions, including the very complicated transfer of military benefits. If your divorce necessitates the purchase or sale of house, a bankruptcy, or a new estate plan, we can draw on the experience of my team of attorneys to ensure that you are provided professional advice. If helpful, we can also call upon the several financial advisors and accountants with whom I work, specifically trained in the effects of divorce to create an even more comprehensive and individualized plan all with one goal in mind; to construct your new future recognizing the objectives that you have established.

I also take a team approach when necessary to creating a parenting schedule that meets the needs of you and your children. I work with child experts, psychologists and guardian ad litems to ensure that your children's best interests are always kept in the forefront of any case. By being proactive in establishing your parenting plan early in your case, I find that the likelihood of going to trial is vastly reduced and leaves the decisions about your children exactly where they should stay; with the parents.

Please consider contacting me for a consultation. First time clients receive a reduced rate and the consult is thorough often lasting 2 to 3 hours.

Career and Education

I have lived almost continuously in the Farmington Valley since I graduated from high school in Simsbury. I attended the University of Rochester and graduated with honors with a dual degree in Biology and Chemistry. I began my career working for the Aetna Life and Casualty in New Jersey and Connecticut and then attended the University of Connecticut Law School; graduating with honors, third in my class. After working for a large Hartford firm and clerking in the Connecticut court for the Honorable Michael R. Sheldon, I entered solo practice in 1997 and formed the current firm with offices in Bloomfield, Granby and Farmington in 2010.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to bar 1994, Connecticut, Superior Court, Appellate Court, Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.

Professional Memberships

Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association Family Bar Section, Hartford County Bar Association, Family Law Section, co-chair Hartford County Family Law Committee (2010-); American Inns of Court/ Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court; Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation, Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Lawyers, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals,

Judicial Appointments

Clerk, the Honorable Michael R. Sheldon
Special Master, Superior Court Family Docket Hartford, New Britain (2000-)

Practice Areas:

Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, Restraining Orders, Prenuptial Agreements.

Ann K. Newman

Professional Background

As an attorney, I have spent more than twenty years working with families in family law andchild protection matters. I believe in the processes of mediation and collaborative divorce. I am a certified divorce mediator and I am committed to helping couples find the best solutions for their families' needs and goals. Mediation encourages couples to step out of their marriage in a private, dignified way and enables couples and children to accept and embrace a new definition of family.

Before joining the Law Offices of Attorney Donna Buttler, I was an associate at Budlong & Barrett, LLC and Freed Marcroft, LLC. I am on the board of the Connecticut Council for Non Adversarial Divorce, a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and the Connecticut Bar Association, and a practicing member of the Collaborative Divorce Team of Connecticut

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law - divorce, custody and parenting plans, asset and debt division, child support, alimony, college education
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post Judgment Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Review Counsel

University of Connecticut, School of Law (JD, 1990)
Northeastern University (MS, 1983)
Plymouth State University (BS, 1980)

Shayla Webb

Professional Background

Shayla is an honors graduate from Rowan College at Burlington County with a degree from their Paralegal Program, an ABA approved paralegal program. In addition to Family Law, Shayla has also had experience with Estate Planning, and Probate. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Donna L. Buttler and Ann K. Newman she worked as a Case Analyst for the Tax Court for the State of New Jersey.

Shayla uses her multitasking skills and customer service experience to help families in transition by providing support to attorneys and her clients. She is involved from beginning to end in simple uncontested cases to complex litigation cases. Shayla assists clients by providing regular contact and updates, manages the discovery process, maintains the case calendar, and drafts pleadings and letters. She also maintains all document production and the client case file. Shayla looks forward to welcoming you to our office.