A Partner at Butler, Christopher M. Ramey practices in our Arson and Fraud, Coverage Defense, and Extra-Contractual Claims departments. His cases cover issues including bad faith, excess coverage, explosions, fire-related fraud, first-party coverage issues, homeowner's insurance, hurricane losses, insurance fraud, SIU, and theft.
Chris's practice mainly focuses upon first party property insurance matters including losses related to windstorm, fire, sinkhole, theft, and other catastrophic perils. He is also experienced in defending extra-contractual claims including first party bad faith actions. Chris frequently litigates first party extra-contractual matters and has experience doing so in Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana courts.
Chris is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He has extensive experience in multi-week trials in Florida state courts, Florida federal court, and Louisiana, as well as appellate experience in Florida state courts, Florida federal court, Louisiana, and Georgia.
Chris joined the firm shortly after receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Florida in 2007. While in law school, Chris served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Richard B. Orfinger at the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Chris also attended the University of Oxford in summer 2006 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with honors, from the University of Florida in 2004.
- University of Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- University of Florida, Levin College of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Florida Courts (Middle District)
- Florida Courts (Southern District)
- Florida State Courts
American Home Assurance Co. v. Sebo, 141 So.3d 195 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
October 25, 2012
PUBLICATIONSquare Pegs In Round Holes: When The Adjustment Process Meets The Evidence Code
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If given the chance, most property adjusters would skip the aspect of their job involving litigation. Avoiding lawyers, depositions, and, of course, trials would alleviate much stress. Unfortunately, dealing with lawyers and litigation is an unavoidable job hazard for most adjusters.
April 23, 2009
PUBLICATIONArbitrary and Capricious
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In Grilletta v. Lexington Insurance Company,8 the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reviewed the insurer's handling of a Hurricane Katrina property claim.9 Mr. Xavier Grilletta and Mr. Randy Lauman owned a vacation lakehouse on the southeastern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, a lake bordering New Orleans to the north.
January 22, 2008
PUBLICATIONRipe for Campbell Review: A Florida Uninsured Motorist Claimant's Statutory Right to Recover Excess Verdict Damages in a Bad Faith Action
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In many jurisdictions, jurors can award punitive damages to punish or penalize an insurer for improper claims handling, in addition to any compensatory damages caused by an insurer’s bad faith. Such jury awards of punitive damages now are subject to scrutiny under State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Campbell.1 As a result of Campbell, insurers have one final check against excessive punitive damages awards by juries.