Chatter with Chairs - June 2015

  • June 01, 2015
  • Michael Butterfield

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
– Victoria Section

Michael ButterfieldMichael Butterfield articled with MacIsaac & Company, practising personal injury law. After a brief stint with the Crown Prosecution, he opened Butterfield Law practising criminal and family law. After 12 years of practising of high conflict family litigation, Michael took a year’s sabbatical from practice. Upon his return to practice, he moved from “very high-conflict litigation to results-oriented resolution practice.” He has a wide range of experience in resolving conflict through negotiation, mediation and collaborative law. In 2013, Michael’s goal was to make the most of his CBA membership: he became the Chair of the ADR – Victoria Section and was actively involved with CBA National ADR Section. In his opinion, Sections not only provide an opportunity to network but to expand one’s knowledge in other areas of law and gain an invaluable source of education. Michael was able to resurrect the dormant ADR – Victoria Section that was suffering from low attendance, creating Section meetings that focused on relevant ADR topics benefiting lawyers of all disciplines. With the support of lawyer Elena Merritt and retired lawyer Michael McHugh, the Section is hosting a three-part Effective Dispute Resolution Advocacy series designed to help add ADR to every lawyer’s toolbox. The third part will be hosted in June, and will provide tips on Arbitration. “One of the greatest strengths of our series has been to give lawyers the tools they need to make the most of the ADR options.” The recordings will be available online. Although Michael is stepping down from the Executive he plans on staying an active Section member and returning to the Executive in the future.