Butler Thiessen & Metzinger INC | Family Law Specialists

Focused, Dedicated, Determined since 1986 209-390-8829

Family Law

Family Law

Property Division

Property Division



Child Custody & Visitation

Child Custody & Visitation

Butler, Thiessen & Metzinger | Family Law Specialists

Focused, Dedicated, Determined since 1986

Dianne Drew Butler

  • C.F.L.S., Founder




Attorney Dianne Drew Butler knows the ins and outs of laws that affect you and your family. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific in 1979. In 1986, Butler obtained her Juris Doctorate from Humphrey's School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar.

With 30 years of experience, Dianne Drew Butler's record of successful divorce resolutions speaks to the dedication and effort that she exudes on every case. She specializes in divorce, mediation, and litigation trial services which includes property division, child custody, child and spousal support, restraining orders, paternity and guardianship matters.

An experienced family law professional makes a difference. Dianne Drew Butler is an attorney who is familiar with the outcome of various situations surrounding divorce, child custody and support, and property division, and she possesses the expertise to guide you through tough decisions.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce/Family Law: Divorce, legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division for small, medium and large assets cases, domestic violence and domestic violence restraining orders, modification of current orders, litigation and trial services
  • Dissolution of same sex marriages
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnership
  • Domestic Violence: Civil and family law restraining orders
  • Paternity Action: Parentage, child custody and visitation and child support
  • Guardianships
  • Mediation Services to resolve disputes in all areas of divorce and family law
  • Collaborative Services
  • Marvin/Partition Actions: Parties that have never been married but live together and that are now separating needing to formalize legally division of assets
  • Conservatorships

Certified Legal Specialties

  • The State Board of California
  • Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Board of California Board of Legal Specialization 2010

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986


  • Humphreys College, Stockton, California
    • J.D. - 1986
  • The University of the Pacific
    • B.S. - 1979
    • Major: Business Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar Association-Family Law Section, Member
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialist, Member
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association-Family Law Section, Member
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association-Family Law Section, Past Chair, Board of Directors, 1995 to 1995
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association, Past Member, Board of Governors
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association, Secretary
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association-Women's Lawyer Section, Member
  • San Joaquin County Collaborative Practice Group, Member
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association-Lawyer Referral, Past Chair, Board of Directors
  • Mary Graham Children’s Event , Co-Chariman, 2014
  • Mary Graham Children’s Event , Chairman, 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • San Joaquin County Superior Court-Municipal Division, Judge Pro Tem
  • San Joaquin County Superior Court, Arbitrator

Pro Bono Activities

  • Intensive Mediation Training, 2010 to 2010
  • Collaborative Training, 2008 to 2008
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mary Graham Children's Foundation
  • Founder/Owner, Dianne Drew Butler & Associates
  • Co-Chair of the Mary Grant Children’s Foundation Event, 2014
  • Chairperson for the San Joaquin Family Law MCLE Programs, 2014