Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler, Gerald "Jerry" Albrecht practices in our Arson and Fraud, Coverage Defense, and Extra-Contractual departments. Since joining the firm in 1989, Jerry has served on the firm's Executive Committee and the Property Coverage department. He is admitted to practice in all three Federal District Courts in the State of Florida, as well as all state courts in Florida. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubble. Jerry has handled cases throughout the United States and most notably tried, and won, the Russian Roulette wrongful death case.

Jerry is a frequent speaker and panelist on property coverage and arson and fraud issues and has presented for various organizations such as the Defense Research Institute and the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention.

Jerry is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Florida Bar. He is also a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stetson University College of Law in 1986. As a student, he received the Victor O. Wehle Award for Outstanding Participation in Trial Practice and was a finalist in the American Bar Association Mock Trial Competition for the Southeast Region.


  • Florida


  • University of South Florida
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP)
  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
May 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONExamination Under Oath: A Vital Tool in Examining Potentially Fraudulent Claims

SIU Manager, Ryan West, was used to the smell. You know the smell. It is scorched. It is bitter. It is the seemingly everlasting and sticky odor of smoke.  He's at the fire scene to take a recorded statement of Belinda Peters. Her house burned last night. Burned as she started frying some chicken for dinner.  Her attention was diverted from the stove while she took a call from her aunt in the Netherlands. Her story, to the fire department, is that she left the stove unwatched, unattended, for a mere minute.

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June 02, 2015 WEBINARS National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)

Property Insurance Fraud

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August 13, 2015 EVENTSouthern Loss Association Inc. 23rd Annual Property Seminar

Your Deposition--Don't Screw It Up!

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February 19, 2015 EVENT2015 ICAC Webinar Series: Bad Faith Claims

Good Faith, Bad Faith and the Ugly Consequences

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January 19, 2015 EVENT2015 WIND Conference

Business Interruption - The After-Math Policy & Calculation Considerations

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November 18, 2014 EVENTButler Breakfast & Educational Seminar

Bad Faith: From Ruse to Reality / The Made Whole Rule: Lessons Learned from the World Trade Center Litigation

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November 13, 2014 EVENT2014 ICAC Webinar Series: Handling a Fire Claim

The 5 Things Beginning Claims Representatives Should Consider When Handling a Fire Claim

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July 24, 2014 EVENT2014 Braves Educational Seminar

Fraud Fires

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July 22, 2014 EVENT2014 ICAC Webinar

Top 5 Critical Cases Claims Personnel Should Know

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April 02, 2014 EVENTDRI's Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute

Use of Expert Witnesses in Litigation Involving Property Claims

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February 24, 2014 EVENTICAC Seminar

Good Faith / Bad Faith and The Daubert Disaster: Unintended Consequences Affecting Insurers and Experts

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November 18, 2013 EVENTPLRB Large Loss Conference

Effect of Multiple Windstorm Events on the Insured's Damage Claim

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November 13, 2013 EVENT2013 FACAP

Insurable Interest and Loss Payees: Who the Company May Owe and Why. Other Loss Payees Lurking in the Wings

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November 15, 2012 EVENTFACAP Annual Seminar

Claims Handling Decisions & Consequences

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October 29, 2012 EVENTLarge Loss Conference

Effect of Multiple Windstorm Events on the Insured's Damage Claim

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April 12, 2012 EVENT63rd IAAI Annual Training Conference

Examinations Under Oath

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February 28, 2012 EVENTInsurance Committee on Arson Control (ICAC) 2012

Legal Update

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July 21, 2011 EVENTTampa Association of Insurance Professionals

2011 Changes to Florida Statutes

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June 22, 2011 EVENTRIMKUS 8th Annual Tampa Continuing Education Seminar

The Examination Under Oath and the Right to Take One and Handling the Sympathetic Plaintiff during Litigation & Trial

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November 17, 2010 EVENTFlorida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention Seminar

Legal Responsibilities - Lender and Their Representatives

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June 12, 2009 EVENTSub Prime Mortgage Crisis
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May 28, 2009 EVENTValued Policy Law

United Property Claims Conference

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February 24, 2009 EVENTReal Estate, Mortgages and Arson

This course covered the current mortgage and real estate crisis and the impact for financial motives for committing arson.

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February 12, 2009 EVENTCase Law and Legislation Updates; and Avoiding Spoliation of Evidence

HomeWise First Annual Claims Conference

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February 09, 2009 EVENTLegal Update -- A Review and Update on Current Arson Cases and Their Legal Impact on Claims Handling in Fort Walton Beach

Insurance Committee for Arson Control

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January 19, 2009 EVENTThe McCain-Palin Campaign

Pasco County Political Club

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July 24, 2008 EVENTAdjuster Ethics

HSA Engineers and Scientists

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February 04, 2008 EVENTArson Case Law Update

ICAC (Insurance Committee for Arson Control) Seminar

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August 23, 2007 EVENTDeposition and Trial Testimony - A Pathway to Success

Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) Annual Joint Meeting

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Arson
  • BOP
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Coverage - Boiler and Machinery
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Inland Marine
  • Coverage - Personal Injury
  • Coverage - Property
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • Fraud
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Structural Collapse
  • Subrogation
  • Theft