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R. Ted Butler

Address: 1671 Emancipation Highway
Suite 204
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-659-2184


A native of the Fredericksburg area, Ted received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Old Dominion University in 1988, with a minor in Finance (Real Estate). He attended Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia and received his law degree in 1991. Since 1991, Ted has practiced law in his home town of Fredericksburg. His primary areas of practice include Family Law, Criminal Law and general Civil Litigation.

Ted is admitted to practice law in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Georgia. He is a member of the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association (where he formerly served as treasurer) and the 15th Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He is former Vice President of the Fredericksburg Fraternal Order Police Auxiliary Lodge, and former chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Disaster Relief Committee for the Fredericksburg area.

Ted’s reputation among other lawyers in Virginia resulted in him being recently named a member of the “Legal Elite” in Family/Domestic Relations by the Virginia Business Magazine.

Client Reviews

I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Law offices of Rinehart, Butler, Hodge and Moss. My divorce had many bizarre dynamics which involved a custody dispute, visitation, child support, incest, parent of non-American nationality, fighting against a wealthy family, etc. I am middle aged man, who was attempting to protect my then 4 year old daughter from a life of emotional and physical abuse in which several of her mother’s family members had been subjected to in their native country. Ted Butler displayed not only a high level of professionalism and proficiency through a 1.5 year custody dispute, he built a life-long lasting personal relationship through his attention to details, care for the best interest of my family and endearing concern for the well-being of my daughter. This is a Law Office that truly cares about their clients, and I hold them in the highest regard, esteem and respect.


What first impressed me about Ted was his strong ethics and desire to do what’s truly right for his clients. Ted and his team conduct themselves in the most professional manner, always offering support and encouragement in the midst of sometimes emotional situations. His professionalism is beyond reproach-both in and out of the courtroom, and I would entrust him with any case that is presented to him.


I was greatly impressed by the level of legal representation I received from Ted Butler. He was always prepared, available, and professional. He and his assistant Deb are a remarkable team, and both of them provided me with unlimited support during a long and difficult divorce. His skill in the courtroom was impressive, and all issues that were important to me were addressed to my satisfaction. I would recommend Ted Butler to anyone who had a tough legal battle to fight.


I always use the law firm of Rinehart, Butler, Hodge & Moss, P.L.C. for my legal needs. They have given me great legal representation and are easily accessible. When I call their office for a specific Attorney and he is not available, I speak with his legal assistant, who is more than capable of handling my immediate needs or gets me a prompt answer to my question. I urge you to use this law firm if you have criminal, domestic or civil legal needs. You won’t be disappointed!


Mr. Butler,

Let me express my gratitude for your tireless efforts, compassion and understanding during a complicated divorce. I could not have ask for, nor found, a greater advocate for my children and our future.

Your personal concerns coupled with your extensive knowledge of the law were a great blend that gave me peace of mind and complete trust in your representation of the best interest of my children, our family and our future.

You are a highly skilled advocate in the courtroom and equally as skilled and dedicated to resolving matters outside the courtroom. Your efforts in both arenas are the reason I had an outcome that was much better than I had hoped for or expected.

I will be forever grateful to you for all you did for our family. It goes without saying, if I ever need legal representation again you will be my only choice, and I would highly recommend you to anyone needing representation.


Dedicated, meticulous, and personable. Ted has been my attorney for the last three years, and have found him to be a man well suited to the many roles he has had to play. Aggressive and creative in court, understanding and respectful when dealing with sensitive family matters. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a family law attorney.


Words cannot express my appreciation and thanks for all your hard work and efforts on my and my family’s behalf now and in the past. I have never seen a lawyer work so hard to achieve such outstanding results. Your determination to gather all the facts of the case, knowing it inside and out are truly impressive. Your ability to deal with other attorneys, the legal system, and your superior negotiation skills leaves me with great admiration for you and your firm. You always showed great concern for our case and our best interest leaving us with the feeling that we were being care for in the best possible way. Thank you so much for being there for us. You are not only a fantastic lawyer but also a true friend. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone in need of professional such as yourself. I commend you on your superb work.
Thanks again


I am a retired prior enlisted retired officer who spent 21 years in the Marine Corps. I am also an attorney. When I encountered some domestic matters which required attention I sought out to find the best domestic relations attorney I could find. I endeavored to speak with other attorneys I knew as well as persons who had represented the Commonwealth in JD&R proceedings. All arrows pointed to Ted Butler. He had a reputation as an aggressive and competent representative who was able to achieve client objectives. I interviewed him, hired him, and found him to have exceeded my expectations in every way. He helped me through one of the most difficult periods of my life and his ability to navigate the issues within the system is unmatched. I want to thank him for always knowing where we were going before we got there.


There is no finer attorney than Ted Butler.
I have been a client for over 10 years.
I have never felt like just another client.
His character and ethical stance is uncompromised.
I would highly recommend Mr. Butler to anyone in need of a respectable and highly effective attorney.


Ted Butler took my case when others wouldn’t and succeeded against insurmountable odds. Mr Butler gave me confidence and peace of mind while providing direction through a complex legal process. He provided his services with attention to detail, care, and patience during a stressful time, at a reasonable price. I would highly recommend Ted Butler as an attorney.


I was referred to Ted by a friend who recommended him highly for my legal needs. Ted is a true professional and maintains a real human side. Ted gives sound professional advice, has excellent listening skills and is truly dedicated to his legal profession. He was very responsive and resourceful on my case and demonstrated an exceptional work ethic.

I highly recommend him to everyone!


I spent my career dealing with attorneys, so I had high expectations for someone who had both expertise and a willingness to work closely with me. When I filed for an uncontested divorce, I retained another attorney who didn’t agree my input was necessary, or that I should be kept abreast of matters. Fortunately, a friend put me in touch with Ted. The divorce ended up being contested, along with every sentence in the Property Settlement Agreement. It dragged on for two years.Ted kept me informed and listened to my concerns. His expertise and dealings with other attorneys and members of the Court made an obvious difference. His down-to-earth manner and sense of humor made it much easier to get through a difficult time. The costs were high, but Ted did what he could to keep them manageable. There are no “winners” in a divorce, but we prevailed and even got most of my attorney fees back. The outcome wouldn’t have been the same without Ted’s help.

Since the divorce, I’ve had occasion to call on Ted about a wide range of other matters. He’s been able to help me prevail each time. And if he doesn’t think a case is worth the cost of the legal fees, he’ll say so even though he’s giving up the fee.

Integrity, expertise, great track record, respect for client, humor…Ted Butler.


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