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Butler Associates is an award-winning public relations & strategic communications agency founded in 1996, specializing in media relations and brand development. We are headquartered in Manhattan with an office in Connecticut.


The Butler team brings a broad spectrum of expertise as former journalists, government press secretaries, corporate communications directors, and political campaign managers. As a boutique firm, we become enthusiastic experts on our clients' issues and have enjoyed a working relationship with many clients for more than two decades.


Butler is best known for its strategic client campaigns and earned media relations, which frequently receive top industry awards and honors. This includes spotlighting client issues in the nation's leading news publications, as well as preventing and defusing "bad news" in the media.


We provide a full range of PR services, including innovative approaches to brand development, media placement, crisis management, and integrated marketing. We are also passionate about creating impactful relationships with our clients and third-party supporters. 


Our digital marketing team specializes in maintaining and enhancing our clients' online presence, offering digital media strategies, video and audio production, and web development.



We work smart, think big, and deliver impactful results. 



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PR results "speak for themselves"
As any CEO or business leader knows, results and reputation always impact the bottom line. At Butler Associates, our reputation and results have won some rather lofty communications industry accolades.

When your industry peers and competitors acknowledge your results, it speaks volumes, so we don’t have to!

Named one of the nation's leading
public affairs firms in ranking of 2,900 firms by
O'Dwyers PR Report
2021 Best Campaign Overall in Reputation/Brand Management/Brand Engagement
Public Relations Society of America - New York

2018 & 2020 Best Legal Marketing & Communications Campaign 
Public Relations Society of America - New York
2016 Best Business Campaign Outcome 
Public Relations Society of America - New York
2016 Best Public Affairs Campaign
Public Relations Society of America - New York
4x Winner of Best Public Relations / 
Political Project in the United States

International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)

20 Best NYC Public Relations Firms

2018 Big Apple Awards Winner
2016 Big Apple Awards Winner
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Tom Butler
Tom Butler
Thomas P. Butler, President


Thomas P. Butler is a recognized expert in strategy and message development, legal, crisis and earned media communications. He has worked on behalf of hundreds of clients involved in matters ranging from complex trials and litigation; Fortune 50 shareowner proxy fights; corporate, business, community, and public affairs campaigns; and the introduction of new products, brands and concepts, all while establishing an extraordinary reputation with the media.

In 2021, Butler Associates the award-winning Strategic Communications and Public Relations agency he founded was ranked by the O’Dwyers PR Report among New York’s Top 5 for its Environmental & Public Affairs practice and Top 15 for its Business, Financial, Economic Development and Professional Services practices.

In 2019, Tom and the firm he leads were winners of the Public Relations Society of America – BIG APPLE AWARD for the “Best of the Best” Strategic Communications Campaign. In 2020 & 2018, the team was awarded PRSA’s Best Law Firm and Legal Marketing Campaign.  In 2016, the team took home the PRSA’s Best Business Campaign AND Best Public Affairs Campaign, beating out the nation’s top agencies and brands. That campaign also won PR-News’ Agency Elite award for Best Public Affairs campaign.

For nearly 30 years, Tom has been a leading media strategist and adviser to clients as diverse as Inc. Magazine, Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, Siebert Williams Shank LLC, Hunts Point Cooperative Meat Market, BTIG LLC, Greater New York Auto Dealers Association, Patriot Bank, NA., Windham Mountain Ski Resort, Hostelworld Group PLC., Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Securitas USA, New York Fire Pension Fund, and New York State Troopers PBA, among numerous other entities and brands. For over 20 years and in the wake of the 9-11 attacks, Mr. Butler also directed communications for the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York Local 94 and has also done so for the FDNY EMS Local 2507.

Prior to founding the firm in 1996, Tom served as a Senior Vice President and Vice President respectively at two of New York’s largest independent PR agencies, managing public relations for publicly traded corporations, large real estate entities, technology firms, non-profits, and a variety of clients with significant image, legal, community and public affairs concerns.  

Mr. Butler serves as a director and key adviser to several major national business and philanthropic institutions and is past Chairman of the Board of the Council for Unity, a non-profit devoted to keeping school children out of gangs and getting them into college.

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