Butler, Fitzgerald, Fiveson & McCarthy, A Professional Corporation, is a full-service law firm that provides competent professional advice and maintains strong client relationships.  We offer a diverse practice encompassing many practice areas of a larger firm, coupled with superior service and personal attention.  We are distinguished by the breadth and depth of our trial court and appellate experience and by a level of sophistication unusual for a firm of our size.

Principals of the Firm

Raymond Fitzgerald

Mr. Fitzgerald has specialized in complex commercial litigation for 40 years in the federal, state, and bankruptcy courts. He is a 1972 graduate of Columbia Law School and a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.

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David K. Fiveson

Mr. Fiveson manages the firm’s representation of seven national title insurance companies and their insured lenders and fee owners. He also manages the firm’s representation of life insurance underwriters, and the firm’s real estate, family law and matrimonial practice. Mr. Fiveson has argued over fifty appeals in which decisions have been published in these and related areas of law. A number of these decisions are available on this website.

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David J. McCarthy

Mr. McCarthy has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. McCarthy has litigated a broad range of disputes involving aircraft leases, aircraft equipment trusts, leveraged lease portfolios, business trade secrets, fraud and breach of contract among investors in various business enterprises, fraudulent conveyances, corporate veil piercing, construction contracts and the health care insurance industry.

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Mark J. Krueger

Mr. Krueger received his JD from St. John’s University School of Law in 1995. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

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Claudia Grossman Jaffe

Ms. Jaffe is a 1988 graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she was a Paul J. Liacos Scholar and member of the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Team. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1988, the New York Bar in 1989, and the Florida Bar in 1989.

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Julie Levine

Ms. Levine received an undergraduate degree in 2010 from Indiana University. She graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 2014.

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Grail Moore

>Ms. Moore is a 1987 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988. Since 1997, Ms. Moore has been employed in succession, by Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

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Office Manager

Doreen Higgins

Ms. Higgins is the firm’s Office Manager. Ms. Higgins joined the firm’s predecessor firm in 1974. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the office, including recruiting, training and supervision of the non-legal staff, negotiating with vendors, space and facilities management, payroll and insurances.

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