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). Denise was also asked to co-chair the ExecuSummit Construction Claims and Litigation Conference from 2016 to 2018.

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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May 15, 2019 EVENTAttacking a Claim: Plotting a Successful Resolution - A Panel Discussion

Join Partner Denise Anderson as she presents "Attacking a Claim: Plotting a Successful Resolution - A Panel Discussion" with co-presenters Susan L. Domanski, Christine A. Guaditis and Stuart Sobel. This presentation will take place in Miami, FL on May 15, 2019 for the "Preventing or Minimizing Future Construction Defect Litigation" seminar.

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December 04, 2018 EVENT3rd Annual Construction Defect, Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit

Partner Denise Anderson was named the co-chair for the 3rd Annual Construction Defect, Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit in Uncasville, CT on December 4-5, 2018.

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September 26, 2018 EVENTCLM & BUSINESS INSURANCE CONFERENCE - Extrapolation: You're Asking Me To Assume What?

Partner Denise Anderson, along with co-presenters: Carolyn Crawford, Thomas Brown, Robert Zaralban, and Chad Dunigan, will present "Extrapolation: You're Asking Me To Assume What?" at the 2018 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference in Chicago.

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December 05, 2017 EVENT2nd Annual Construction Defect, Claims Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit - Construction Risk Transfer

Denise Anderson from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig was a moderator for a presentation in Uncasville, CT at the 2nd Annual Construction Defect, Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit on the topic of "Construction Risk Transfer".

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October 10, 2017 EVENT2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference - There's Nothing Wrong with the Construction, But It's Still YOUR FAULT!

Denise Anderson from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenters Michele Blais, Chad Dunigan, and David Smith presented in San Diego, CA at the 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference on the topic of "There's Nothing Wrong with the Construction, But It's Still YOUR FAULT!"

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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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March 08, 2018 NEWSInternational Women's Day

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."

-Sheryl Sanberg

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November 02, 2017 NEWSDenise Anderson: Co-Chair of the 2nd Annual Construction Defect Conference ExecuSummit

Denise Anderson was selected to be the Co-Chair of the 2nd Annual Construction Defect Conference for ExecuSummit. This conference is held in Uncasville, CT on December 5 & 6, 2017 and is an educational event specifically designed for Construction defect claims focused insurance professionals. Congratulations on this honor, Denise! 

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April 23, 2015 NEWSDenise Anderson Appointed to the WCLA Executive Board

Denise Anderson was recently appointed to the Women's Construction Litigation Alliance (WCLA) Executive Board. WCLA is a national non-profit public benefit organization that supports women in construction litigation.

Please join us in congratulating her on this well deserved role.

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March 10, 2014 NEWSDenise Anderson Appointed to WCLA Southeast Regional Chair

The firm is pleased to announce that Denise Anderson has been selected to be the Regional Chair for the Southeast Coast Region of the Women's Construction Litigation Alliance (WCLA)

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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