Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Ezequiel Lugo, a Senior Associate who has been with Butler since 2009, is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Specialist in Appellate Practice. As such, Ezequiel's practice focuses on appeals and trial support. He primarily handles appeals that involve insurance coverage disputes and casualty defense cases. He guides an appeal from the filing of a notice of appeal through the filing of a motion to recall mandate.

Ezequiel achieved his Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from Stetson University College of Law in 2007. While in law school, he was a member of the Stetson Law Review and the Moot Court Board. He competed in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, where he argued in all rounds of the Southeast Region. Before that, he received his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Harvard University.

Ezequiel served as a state appellate intern to the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. He also served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Mary S. Scriven of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Upon graduation, Ezequiel was a judicial staff attorney to the Honorable Douglas A. Wallace at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. His recent achievements include helping to quash a discovery order compelling McDonald’s to reveal trade secrets, helping to reverse a judgment against State Farm Mutual Insurance Company because of the exclusion of an expert witness, and helping to reverse an $8 million judgment against American Home Assurance because the trial court applied the wrong law on multiple peril losses.


  • Florida


  • Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar
  • Moot Court Award of Excellence
  • Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Professional Conduct from Stetson University College of Law


  • Harvard University
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar
  • Former Co-Chair of the Appellate Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The Florida Bar


  • Florida State Courts
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Omega Ins. Co. v. Johnson, 2014 WL 4375189 (Fla. 5th DCA Sep. 5, 2014).

Tower Hill Select Ins. Co. v. McKee, 151 So. 3d 2 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014).

Am. Home Assurance Co. v. Sebo, 141 So. 3d 195 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013).

McDonald's Rests. of Fla., Inc. v. Doe, 87 So. 3d 791 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012).

Landmark Am. Ins. Co. v. Studio Imports, Ltd., Inc., 76 So. 3d 963 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011).

Drew v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Ill., 578 F. App’x 954 (11th Cir. 2014).

October 26, 2016 PUBLICATIONWhat's a Court to Consider After a Post-Suit Payment?

Most first-party insurance lawsuits are accompanied by a claim for attorneys' fees based on section 627.428, Florida Statutes. The operative language of this statute has been part of Florida law for over a century, and the cases interpreting that language are legion. On September 29, 2016 , the Florida Supreme Court issued its decision in Johnson v. Omega Insurance Co., which addressed the following issue...

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March 01, 2015 PUBLICATIONRecent Legal Developments

The Florida Supreme Court in Delva v. Continental Group, Inc., 137 So. 3d 371 (Fla. 2014), held that pregnancy is a primary characteristic of the female sex and a natural condition unique to women. Discrimination based on pregnancy is therefore unlawful discrimination because of sex prohibited by the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992

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May 29, 2013 PUBLICATIONCertiorari Redefined: Would the "Functional Restatement" Function?

Some pretrial rulings can impose unbearable pressures on a litigant, change the course of a case, and cause lasting harm.  Sometimes, your client just cannot wait until the end of a case to appeal. Imagine that the trial court has just issued a non-final order adverse to your client that you think will likely be reversed on appeal.

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April 01, 2011 PUBLICATIONThe Conflict PCA: When an Affirmance Without Opinion Conflicts with a Written Opinion

This article was submitted on behalf of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar. April 2011, Volume 85, No.4

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Blog Posts

February 21, 2017 BLOG POSTSupreme Court speaks on Daubert – says not much

Last week the supreme court issued its opinion on the recommendations of the Florida Bar Rules committee regarding the new Daubert statute. The supreme court noted there are “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of the Daubert statute are constitutionally suspect.  But, in the end, Florida’s Daubert statute is still the law of Florida – the Florida statute was not struck down or deemed to be unconstitutional.  Practitioners still must comply with it.

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November 22, 2016 BLOG POSTJohnson v. Omega Ins. Co.

The Florida Supreme Court’s opinion in Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co. is important for two reasons:  It modifies the allowable use of a presumption established in Florida’s statutory sinkhole scheme; and it explains, and perhaps broadens what trial courts may consider when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under section 627. 428 when a payment is made after suit is filed.

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March 09, 2011 EVENTA Former Law Clerk's Views on Appellate Practice

A Former Law Clerk's Views on Appellate Practice

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