Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler, Denise M. Anderson is the Chairperson of the Firm's Construction Litigation Practice  Group. Denise is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida  Bar and is an AV peer-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

While she currently practices primarily in the fields of construction  defect and product liability, in her legal career she has handled a  large variety of insurance related disputes involving coverage and subrogation. Her construction experience includes the representation of general contractors, developers, designers, every trade in the construction process, as well as suppliers and manufacturers of building components. She has served as the chairperson of several national construction seminars and regularly speaks to clients and peers on a variety of construction and civil litigation topics.

After serving as the Regional Chairperson (Southern Region) for the Women in Construction Litigation Alliance (WCLA), Denise was appointed to the Board of Directors of the WCLA in 2015. Denise served as the National Membership Vice Chairperson of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) from 2014 to 2016.  In 2016, Denise was elected to a three year term on the Executive Council of the ADTA.   In addition, Denise has served as a Florida delegate for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. In 2013, she was appointed to serve as the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the CLM's production of a Claims Handling Manual which is national initiative undertaken by 150 attorneys from across the U.S. and Canada.  Also, Denise was selected two years in a row as a Chairperson for the CLM's Annual Construction and Environmental Conference (Boston 2014, Atlanta 2015). Most recently, Denise was asked to co-chair the ExecuSummit Construction Claims and Litigation Conference (December 2017).

She received her Bachelor of Arts, with high honors, from Auburn University (1991) and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mercer University School of Law (1994). Denise is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Florida and the state courts of Georgia.  Her professional memberships include the Association Defense Trial Attorneys, Women in Construction Litigation Alliance, The Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Hillsborough Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.

She has also been a member of the Junior League of Tampa since 2002, serving on committees for community projects to assist foster children, children aging out of foster care, children's literacy, among others. Denise is a native Floridian and has been employed with Butler since November 1995.


  • Florida
  • Georgia


  • AV Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified in Construction Law


  • Auburn University
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Mercer University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Junior League of Tampa (JLT)
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Florida Bar
  • Women's Construction Litigation Alliance (WCLA)


  • Florida Federal Courts
  • Florida State Courts
September 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONThe 2012 Women's Leadership Forum: Paying it Forward and Paying it Back

"Inspiration to initiate improvement." That's what attendees can expect to take away from the CLM's  2012 Women's Leadership Forum.

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October 01, 2006 PUBLICATIONSomething Old...Something New...: the Availability of "Sentimental Value" Damages in Courts Throughout the United States

"My grandfather's law diploma means the world to me. It was framed and given to me after his death by my family, as I was the only child to become an attorney as well."  These self professed statements of value are heard over and over by subrogation attorneys throughout the United States during painstaking conferences with the insured to determine the value of his or her uninsured losses after a catastrophic loss. Quite simply, attorneys often attempt to assess the "value" of a certain personal items of the insured, when actually, no realistic fair market value exists. Such items are considered "irreplaceable" by the insured, and consist of photographs, family heirlooms, wedding memorabilia, and family documents such as marriage licences. 

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March 31, 2017 EVENTCLM 2017 Annual Conference - What About An Expert, Can Afford One, Can We Afford Not to Have One?

Denise Anderson spoke at the CLM 2017 Annual Conference in March.

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June 11, 2015 EVENTFlorida Construction Law Seminar

Navigating the Minefields of the Tripartite Relationship

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November 08, 2013 EVENT2013 CLM Construction/Environmental ADR/AFA Conference

Right to Repair: Use It, Don't Abuse

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November 08, 2013 EVENT2013 CLM Construction Committee Mini-Conference

Right To Repair: Use It, Don't Abuse It

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April 10, 2013 EVENTCLM 2013 Annual Conference

Litigation Management-How To Lose A Client in Ten Days (Or Better Yet Keep the Client.)

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November 09, 2012 EVENTCLM's Construction and Environmental Mini-Conference

2012's Top Ten Cases Impacting Construction and Environmental Claims

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January 26, 2012 EVENTCLM Florida Annual Meeting

Managing Costs in Construction Defect Litigation

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November 17, 2009 EVENTStaying Connected and Motivated in Uncertain Times

National Diversity Council

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April 27, 2007 EVENTUpdate on Florida Property Insurance Legislation and Case Decisions Impacting Catastrophe Claims

Florida Property Insurance Legislation and Case Decisions Impacting Catastrophe Claims

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April 23, 2015 NEWSDenise Anderson Appointed to the WCLA Executive Board
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March 10, 2014 NEWSDenise Anderson Appointed to WCLA Southeast Regional Chair
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April 22, 2013 NEWSDenise Anderson Appointed to Two Chairperson Positions
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Catastrophic Recovery Coordination
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Defect - Structure Failures
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Design
  • Construction Defect Litigation - EIFS
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Indemnity Claims
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Roof
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Stucco
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Windows
  • Contribution Claims
  • Federal Multi-District Litigation
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Products Liability - Equipment Losses
  • Products Liability - Pipe Failures
  • Subrogation