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Combining more than twenty years as a critical care nurse with over a decade of trial lawyer experience Ms. Butler concentrates her practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense (including the defense of hospitals, nursing homes, doctors and correctional facilities) and medical professional misconduct investigations and hearings. Ms. Butler is a partner in the law firm of Thuilez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Young.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 80%
    20 years, 300 cases
  2. Administrative Law: 15%
    16 years, 50 cases
  3. Health Care: 5%
    20 years, 40 cases



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  • Anthony Gerard Buono

    I had the privilege attending Albany Law School with Karen. Because of our last names and the alphabetical seating assignments, I sat next to her in many classes. Karen is very smart and has a great personality. She was a nurse before she became an attorney and she developed her excellent people skills before she attended law school. The lessons she learned as a nurse helped her excel in law school and she has used these to become one of the most successful and well respected members of our class.


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20 Corporate Woods Blvd Fl 3rd
Albany, NY, 12211-2396


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 199603/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Litigation Section MemberN/A2005
The Rev. Dominic Ingemie Alumni AwardSt. Peters Alumni Award for Christian Leadership2004
Outstanding AdvocateAmerican Association of Nurse Attorneys2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe, LLP1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Capital District Trial Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2003 - Present
Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2003 - Present
Professional organizations and associationsN/A2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Albany County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
American Association of Nurse AttorneysBoard Member 2002-20051993 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Nursing LawExperts on Nursing: TAANA Takes a Stand2004
Journal of Nursing lawInterest of Amici Curiae Brief: Submitted in Support of Respondant, Sullivan v. Edward Hospital2004
Nursing ManagementEthics Paramount When Patient Lacks Capacity2004
Journal of Nursing LawThe Prisoner as Patient: When Medical Care is a Constitutional Issue2003
2002 Medical Malpractice UpdateNursing Home Restraints: Rights and Liabilities2002
Missouri Journal of Dispute ResolutionHarvesters: Alternatives to Judicial Intervention in Medical Treatment Decisions1996
Albany Law ReviewHealth Care Revolution: Legal Landmines for Hospitals and the Rise of the Critical Pathway1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual conferenceDecisionmaking at the End of Life2004
AORN ConferenceCode of Nursing Ethics2003
Vermont College ReunionTaking Back Nursing2002
American Association of Nurse AttorneysNuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Cases2000
2000 Conference for NursesNursing and the Law2000
Gastroenterology NursesLegal and Ethical issues for GI Nurses1998