Robert K. Butterfield

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direct: (858) 444-2312 | cell: (619) 316-4335 | fax: (858) 444-3527


Practice Areas: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, ERISA, Estate Planning, Corporate Planning, Tax Law

Robert (Rob) K. Butterfield was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1951. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1974 and his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1977. He was admitted to practice in California in 1977 and in Connecticut in 1979.

Mr. Butterfield has practiced employee benefit, tax and corporate law since 1977. He is a former president of the Western Pension and Employee Benefits Council – San Diego Chapter, former member of the Administrative Board of the San Diego City Retirement System (and member of the City's 2004 Pension Reform Committee 2004) and former member of the San Diego County and California Taxation Sections Governing Bodies.

Mr. Butterfield has been included in “The Best Lawyers in America” 1991-2000, 2005-2011, 2013-2017.

Mr. Butterfield has received an AV® Peer Review rating from the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory.

Retirement Plans

We help establish a customized plan that meets regulatory requirements as a tax qualified plan. Following implementation, our attorneys can assist clients and their plan administrator with regular reviews and updates to help with regulatory compliance for the plan's operation, and continued effectiveness in meeting the client's specific goals.


We are dedicated to employee ownership. When you come to us for ESOP services, you receive influential legal counsel who stand beside you to help you stay informed, in compliance, and abreast of the latest developments-all to help you realize your plan goals as fully and effectively as possible.


A QDRO is a specially designed court order that is required for the division of retirement benefits in a family law case. Many family law attorneys do not possess the expertise necessary to divide retirement benefits or stock options upon divorce. We have extensive experience in dividing qualified plans, government plans, IRAs and stock options between the employee spouse and non-employee spouse.

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