Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler since 1998, Eric M. Zivitz devotes his Miami practice to complex cases in the areas of Construction Defect claims, Negligent/Inadequate Security, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability, Civil Rights Defense, Employment Discrimination, and Automobile Negligence. He has extensive experience litigating in South Florida and has tried many cases to verdict throughout the state.

Eric graduated from Emory University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He went on to receive his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 1986. While attending law school, Eric served as Chief Advocate and Junior Editor of the Moot Court Society. He was also a Leo Goodwin Research Fellow under Professor Johnny C. Burris. He has also been peer rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Since becoming a lawyer, Eric has presented at numerous seminars before attorneys, insurance claim professionals, and independent adjusters on the subjects of Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, defending sexual harassment claims, negligent security, and adjuster ethics. He has also published “Defending Sleep Apnea Claims in Trucking Litigation.”


  • Florida


  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell


  • Emory University
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA)
  • The Florida Bar


  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
December 11, 2011 PUBLICATIONDefending Sleep Apnea Claims in Trucking Litigation

Eric M. Zivitz is a partner at Butler in the firm's Miami, Florida office. He devotes his practice to the litigation and trial of complex cases in the areas of negligent/inadequate security, construction defect claims, wrongful death, products liability, trucking accidents, civil rights defense, premises liability, automobile negligence and employment discrimination. Mr. Zivitz has tried numerous cases to verdict throughout Florida, and has extensive experience litigating in the South Florida region over the past 20 years.

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Blog Posts

August 04, 2016 BLOG POSTFront Pay & Back Pay: How About No Pay?

In Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. v. Amaya, 2016 WL 822020 (Fla. 3d DCA July 13th, 2016), Rudolph Amaya suffered an on-the-job injury to his back and knee while working at Caterpillar’s facility.

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June 22, 2017 COMMUNITYCTRL Your Future

For the second year in a row, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig has spread some end of the school year cheer to seniors in eight different locations. Butler’s annual CTRL Your Future essay contest was created by the Firm’s Community Service Committee to recognize deserving high school seniors who have exhibited commitment to their academics. The winners in each city received a brand-new laptop with a full Microsoft Office Suite installed to assist them in their studies in the fall at their four-year college.

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June 20, 2016 COMMUNITYTampa Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Suha Zeineladbin receives Step-Up award in Tampa.

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June 13, 2016 COMMUNITYChicago Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Aide Briseno receives Step-Up award in Chicago.

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June 06, 2016 COMMUNITYMiami Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Rebecca Gomez awarded Step-Up award in Miami.

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May 31, 2016 COMMUNITYTallahassee Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Ruth Castro selected as Tallahassee "Step-Up" award winner.

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May 25, 2016 COMMUNITYPhiladelphia Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Penn Treaty High School senior receives Step-Up Award.

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May 16, 2016 COMMUNITYCharlotte Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

West Charlotte High School senior receives Step-Up Award.

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May 06, 2016 COMMUNITYButler's First "Step-Up" Award Furthers Commitment to Service

The Firm's Community Service Committee enacts new award recognizing deserving high school seniors.

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January 13, 2011 EVENTFDLA Seminar

New Trucking Regulations

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September 10, 2009 EVENTProposals for Settlement

Florida claims professional

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June 20, 2016 NEWSTampa Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

The Tampa winner of the Butler Step-Up award has been selected. David Maldoff presented the award to Suha Zeineladbin at the Hillsborough Education Foundation's 2016 "Take Stock in Children" Scholar Celebration. She received the award for her commitment to scholarly success and community service. She will be attending the University of South Florida in the fall.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Civil Rights
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Negligent Security - Violent Crimes
  • Police Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice - Medical
  • Professional Malpractice - Municipal Liability
  • Third Party Coverage Issues