Tom Butler

Thomas Butler

1933 - 2023

Thomas Butler focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the healthcare and managed care industries. Throughout his decades-long career, he collaborated with hospitals, healthcare systems, physician groups, and other providers through all stages of the litigation process. Tom was a passionate attorney, who relished the intricacies of the law and advocated zealously for his clients. He was always one to quietly and respectfully help others in need. 

Thomas became a lawyer after first serving in the United States Marine Corps as a Drill Instructor (D.I.) and thereafter as a security guard at the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. While there, he attended the American University at Cairo. Upon his return to the United States in 1956 Thomas attended Fordham College. There he served as president of the student body in his senior year and in 1959 graduated with honors. Thereafter he attended Fordham Law School and was first in his class. Upon graduation in 1963 he was employed by White & Case as an associate.

While at White & Case, he obtained extensive litigation experience involving commercial disputes, securities and securities violations, contracts, creditors’ rights, business, personal torts, employment contracts, employment discrimination and tobacco litigation. He left White & Case in 1969 and before partnering with Butler Tibbetts he formed Butler, Fitzgerald & Potter, a boutique firm in New York City.

Tom Butler


J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1962
B.S., Fordham University, 1959