Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Jared M. Krukar is a Senior Associate in the Tampa office.  His practice is centered on appellate law and trial support, primarily involving insurance coverage (property and motor vehicle) and premises liability issues.

Jared was awarded his Doctor of Jurisprudence and his Masters of Business Administration in 2006, from the Stetson University College of Law and Stetson University, respectively.  Following graduation, Jared became a Central Staff Attorney with the Florida Second District Court of Appeal.  He later became a Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Darryl C. Casanueva at the Second District.  Jared also served as the court’s Law Student Program Coordinator, managing the court’s internship program and acting as the liaison to law schools.  His extensive and comprehensive experience in the appellate court provides him with a thorough understanding of the entire appellate process.  Jared left the court to join Butler in 2012.

Jared is a respected and recognized member of the legal community.  Jared currently serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section.  He also co-chairs the section’s Telephonic CLE Committee, and is the section’s appointed liaison to the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and its Historical Society.  Locally, Jared co-chairs the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, and previously acted as the section’s liaison to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee.  Jared regularly presents and authors published works on various topics of appellate practice.


  • Florida


  • University of Florida
    Bachelor of Science
  • Stetson University
    Masters of Business administration
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)


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

Hegel v. First Liberty Ins. Corp. 778 F.3d 1214 (11th Cir. 2015).

Rodrigo v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co., 144 So. 3d 690 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014), rev. denied, 2015 WL 1422471 (Fla. Mar. 27, 2015).

Landmark American Ins. Co. v. Pin-Pon Corp., 155 So. 3d 432 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015).

Shelton v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 578 F. App'x 841 (11th Cir. 2014).

Atfeh v. Gichimu, 136 So. 3d 1274 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014).

Oretsky v. Infinity Ins. Co., 524 Fed. Appx. 517 (11th Cir. 2013).


Jim, who had been the Second District Court of Appeal’s clerk for 16 years, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in August of this year. His death is a tragic loss to all who knew him. Despite Jim’s gruff exterior, he was a generous, compassionate, and devoted man whose contributions to the Second District and the Florida court system will long be remembered.

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November 01, 2014 PUBLICATIONStopping the Clock: Getting an Extension for Your Brief

Traditionally, parties seek briefing extensions in Florida state courts by motion  pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.300. However, four of the five District Courts of Appeal have recently adopted an alternative procedure — extension by "notice" — that supplants the motion process in certain circumstances.

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May 01, 2014 PUBLICATIONA Moving Target: How to Seek Fees in Your Original Proceedings

Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.400(b) establishes the procedure for seeking attorneys' fees on appeal. Many practitioners have long assumed that the rule similarly applies to original proceedings, there being no other rule clearly providing an alternative procedure. However, two recent opinions establish that rule 9.400(b) does not apply to original proceedings.

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November 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONPleading Requirements For Fees In Original Proceedings

Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.400(b) governs the procedure for seeking attorneys' fees on appeal. It requires the party seeking fees to file a motion no later than the time for filing a reply brief. There is no rule that expressly states a different procedure for original proceedings, such as petitions for writ of certiorari.

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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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February 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONJames Birkhold, the Second District's Clerk

In addition to establishing the district courts of appeal, Article V, Section 4 of the Florida Constitution establishes the constitutional office of the Clerk of Court. The Florida Constitution states only that the clerk shall "hold office during the pleasure of the court and perform such duties as the court directs." Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.210 lists the district court clerks' duties: to maintain records of proceedings, to collect filing fees, to issue mandates and furnish copies of orders and opinions to attorneys of record, and to maintain and transmit documents and records on appeal as is necessary. 

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December 07, 2015 WEBINARSDon't Win the Battle and Lose the War - An Appellate Tutorial on Preservation of Error

This webinar is designed to help claims professionals achieve finality when they resolve a claim.  Preserving error in the trial court, by knowing and applying the basic rules of preservation of error, will help preserve your win on appeal.

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May 11, 2016 EVENTAppellate Section Luncheon and CLE

Jared Krukar, as Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Appellate Practice Section, will be moderating the Section Luncheon and Annual Four-Hour CLE at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center in Tampa, Florida.

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October 27, 2015 EVENT19th Annual Bench Bar Conference

Jared Krukar organized and co-moderated a panel discussion with Chief Judge Craig C. Villanti and Judges Darryl C. Casanueva, Nelly N. Khouzam, Matthew C. Lucas, and John L. Badalamenti, of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. 

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May 01, 2015 EVENTUnpacking the Appellate Process – An In-Depth Look at Appellate Jurisdiction, Procedures, and Ethics

Jared Krukar organized and moderated the Hillsborough County Bar Association Appellate Practice Section’s annual half-day continuing education program, along with his co-chair of the section, Dineen P. Wasylik, Esq.  Speakers at the program included Judges Casanueva, LaRose, Salario, Lucas, and Badalamenti, of the Second District Court of Appeal; Ceci Berman, Esq., Chair of the Florida Bar Association Appellate Practice Section; and board-certified appellate attorney Anthony J. Russo, Esq. of  Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig, LLP.

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March 01, 2014 EVENTThe Role of the Staff Attorney at the Second District

Jared Krukar organized, moderated, and participated in a panel discussion for the Hillsborough County Bar Association Appellate Practice Section on the role a staff attorney plays in bringing matters before the Florida Second District Court of Appeal to final disposition.  The panel was comprised of The Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd, Anthony K. Black, Daniel H. Sleet, Judges; Christina C. McAdams, Esq., Director of Central Staff; and Deborah A. Tozier, Esq., Staff Attorney.

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May 01, 2012 EVENTeFiling and Technology in the Second District Court of Appeal

Jared Krukar, with the Honorable Stevan T. Northcutt of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, developed and presented to the Hillsborough County Bar Association Appellate Practice Section a discussion on the technological updates affecting the state appellate courts, and how those changes would impact attorneys and parties in prosecuting their appellate proceedings.

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