Stephen Butler

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phone: 707-523-1181

Steve Butler is the head of the firm’s land use department. Prior to joining the firm in 1992, he was for many years the Chief Deputy and then Assistant Sonoma County Counsel in charge of the land use section. While there, he was responsible for the legal work in developing and implementing the County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

Since 1992, in his practice with the firm, Mr. Butler represents national and local developers, ranchers, farmers, wineries and individuals in land use matters. He has led teams of professionals in securing approvals for shopping centers, resorts, wineries, multi- and single-family residential projects, golf courses, surface mining operations and other business ventures.


Mr. Butler graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He also taught land use law at Empire Law School.