Born: Saratoga Springs, New York, March 9, 1951
Undergraduate Degree: A.S. Nursing, Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont 1971; Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of the State of New York 1991
Graduate Degree: Juris Doctor, Albany Law School, 1995 (Magna Cum Laude); Selma Mintz Memorial Prize for graduating with high honors while raising a family.
Combining more than twenty years experience as a critical care nurse with her skills as a practicing attorney, Ms. Butler is a partner in the law firm of Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe, LLP. Her areas of practice include medical malpractice defense, professional misconduct, health law and civil rights litigation.
Ms. Butler is admitted to practice law in all the courts of the State of New York, in both the Northern and Southern Districts of New York and in The United States Supreme Court. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Albany Law School in 1995, Ms. Butler was Associate Editor of Albany Law Review and recipient of The Selma Mintz Memorial Prize for graduating with Honors while raising a family. Ms. Butler has received the highest honor by Martindale-Hubbell by being named an AV Preeminent rated attorney.
She is a member of The New York State Bar Association, The American Bar Association, the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and The Capital District Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2009). She is also on the Board of Directors of Teresian House where she chairs the Ethics Committee. She serves as a panel member of The Surrogate Decision Making Panel of the State of New York. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nursing Law.
Ms. Butler has published several articles on health law related topics and lectures extensively on health law, litigation and professional misconduct.
In July 2003, Ms. Butler was appointed by Governor Pataki to The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.
She lives with her husband in South Glens Falls, N.Y.