Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Ryan M. Garrett is a Partner in the Tallahassee office. His practice is focused on construction, trucking, and third-party liability defense. Ryan has tried cases in administrative, civil, and securities arbitration, as well as administrative licensing issues, automobile negligence, contractor liability claims, products liability, professional negligence, toxic mold, and challenges to administrative rule making by professional boards.

Ryan joined Butler in 2004, bringing with him more than a decade of investigative and hands-on experience. Ryan was part of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office from 1981 to 1992. There, he worked in the Homicide Unit of the Special Investigations Division and specialized in major case/inter-agency investigations, forensic anthropology, and homicide investigations, as well as sex crimes and boating accidents, before leaving to go to law school. Ryan earned his law degree from Florida State University in 1994.

Ryan is very active in the legal community. He has served as a board member and President of the Tallahassee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and with the Young Lawyers Section of the Defense Research Institute’s Marketing Subcommittee. Ryan has also appeared as a guest speaker on trial techniques, law enforcement liability, and search and seizure. He has given lectures at Florida State University, at Barry University, and before a variety of civic organizations in Tallahassee. Ryan is state certified as an instructor in general liability and adjuster optional courses as well.


  • Saint Leo College
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Florida State University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • Florida Courts (Middle District)
  • Florida Courts (Northern District)
  • Florida Courts (Southern District)
  • Florida Federal Courts
  • Florida State Courts
April 11, 2012 PUBLICATIONDuel Revisited: Are Commercial Trucking Trials Payback Time for Jurors?

This article was originally published in DRI's In Transit, The Newsletter of the Trucking Committee (Volume 15, Issue 1)

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January 02, 2009 PUBLICATIONWhat Happens When You Cross the State Line?

This article began as a compendium of state laws governing the application of no-fault personal injury protection, primarily from the standpoint of insurers’ rights to subrogation for benefits paid to their own insureds, and arising from damages allegedly caused by a commercial vehicle.

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Blog Posts

June 04, 2015 BLOG POSTSouthern District of Florida Awards Duplicate Medicare Lien Payment

The federal order was issued despite the fact that Plaintiff previously obtained a reduction of Humana’s lien amount in the state court declaratory action based on the amount of her recovery and procurement costs, which was appealed by Humana.  That appeal remains pending.

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May 23, 2007 EVENTUpdate on General and Premises Liability

The Tallahassee 2007 Summer Claims Seminar:  A Property & Casualty Update

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Administrative Law - Professional Discipline
  • Administrative Law - Professional Licensing
  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Church Organizations
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - Bodily Injury
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • False Arrest
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Libel
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Malpractice - Engineering
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Material Failures
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medicare
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Security - Violent Crimes
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Police Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Malpractice
  • Standard Liability
  • Structural Collapse
  • Third Party Liability
  • Toxic Tort - Mold
  • Trucking
  • Underinsured Motorist
  • Uninsured Motorist