Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Janice C. Buchman is a Partner with Butler in our Tampa office. She primarily practices in the area of insurance law, including fire and arson, fraud, construction, coverage defense, and reinsurance. She also handles extra-contractual and appellate cases, and has experience representing insurance companies in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

Janice graduated from Dickinson Law School (now a part of Pennsylvania State University) with her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. During law school, she was a member of the Law Review and the Trial Moot Court Board. In 1985, she received her Master of Laws in trade regulation from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Janice served as in-house counsel with a large construction management company, and was in private practice specializing in general civil litigation. She also served as a mediator in court-ordered civil cases and insurance matters, and served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and the American Arbitration Association.

Before moving to Florida, Janice practiced law in New York. Today, she is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, and she is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator.

Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • New York University School of Law
    Master of Laws

Courts

  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)
March 28, 2013 PUBLICATIONWho Is Entitled to the Claims File?

The United States Supreme Court has recognized the "attorney-client privilege" as "one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications," the purpose of which is to encourage "full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and the administration of justice."

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January 31, 2013 PUBLICATION‘Bad-Faith' Discovery: Claim Files, Training Materials, Personnel Files, And The Kitchen Sink

A recent discovery order in the federal court case of Signature Development, LLC v. Mid-Continental Casualty Company is illustrative of our liberal discovery. Note, this liability insurer has yet to be found liable or guilty of any wrongdoing.  Signature alleges, however, that the corporate defendant insurer breached the contract of insurance, committed ‘‘bad-faith,'' breached its fiduciary duty to its insured, committed unfair trade practices, intentionally inflicted emotional distress and vexatiously refused to pay. Based upon these allegations alone, the court addressed the scope and burden of discovery. 

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August 23, 2012 PUBLICATIONScary Stuff: Insurance Claim Files And Exceptions To The Attorney-Client Privilege

Are all attorney-client communications contained in such claim files that were thought to be confidential now discoverable because the insurer lost the underlying first-party claim, litigation, or appeal

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Events

February 28, 2014 EVENTCLM's 2014 Insurance Bad Faith Committee Mini-Conference
CLM's 2014 Insurance Bad Faith Committee Mini-Conference
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January 25, 2013 EVENTCLM 2013 Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference
CLM 2013 Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Arson
  • Bad Faith
  • BI (Business Interruption)
  • BOP
  • Business Interruption - Coverage
  • Business Owner's - Coverage
  • Cargo Claims
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - Boiler and Machinery
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - Business Owner's
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Inland Marine
  • Coverage - Property
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Earth Movement - Construction Defect Litigation
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Fraud
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Homeowner's - Coverage
  • Homeowner's - Insurance
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Inland Marine - Coverage
  • Insurance Fraud
  • OCIP - Owner Controlled Insurance Program
  • Reinsurance Coverage
  • Structural Collapse
  • Subsidence - Construction Defect Litigation
  • Surety
  • Theft
  • Wraps