Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

First-Party Coverage

Butler has been handling first-party property, including boiler and machinery, builder’s risk, time element and extra contractual claims for over 40 years. Starting with our office in Tampa, Florida, our first-party property practice has grown significantly over the decades. Butler lawyers are routinely involved in complex, multi-million dollar first-party property claims, both domestically and abroad, including several where the exposure has been in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Mining
  • Aviation
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Institutions
  • Power Generation and Energy
  • Stadiums
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate
  • Builder’s Risk
  • Equipment Breakdown
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Structures & Warehouses
  • Arson and Fire
  • Public Entities
  • Construction Sites
  • Food and Beverage
  • Catastrophic Losses
  • Residential (including Condos)
  • Warehouse Distribution Facilities

We also have significant experience in representing and working with claims involving multiple insurers on shared and multi-tiered programs, including those involving the London market. We advise and counsel our clients at every phase of the claim, partnering with them to obtain a satisfactory resolution in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. We provide advice as to coverage, assist in managing the claim investigation, work closely with experts and consultants, conduct examinations under oath and assist in obtaining a resolution of the claim prior to litigation through negotiation, mediation or other alternative dispute resolution processes. Our extensive experience and expertise in litigating cases adds significant value when predicting probable outcomes to assist in valuing the case for settlement or trying the case if necessary.

Our property lawyers are admitted to the Bar in 11 states and have litigated property cases in twice that many states, as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Butler property lawyers are also leaders in the property insurance industry. We have numerous partners who were Chairs of the Property Insurance Law Committee of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Our property lawyers have also authored numerous articles and publications on first-party property and speak frequently at industry seminars and events.