Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Of Counsel at Butler, Sean P. Ravenel specializes in large loss subrogation and self-insured recovery. He brings his knowledge and experience to a diverse cases including material failures, hurricane losses, heavy equipment claims, trucking, product liability, and structural collapse. He is adept at handling complex multi-party subrogation matters.

Sean’s prior work experience includes several years in the mineral mining industry.  He also spent time serving the United States Marine Corps and working with the U.S. Department of State. He served as an intern with the Florida Supreme Court while attending law school.

Sean practices primarily in Florida. However, beyond the state of Florida, Sean also handles losses and claims across the country in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, and other parts of the Southeast.

Sean regularly gives presentations on subrogation recovery topics. He speaks to various subrogation and insurance professionals, sharing his valuable knowledge and insights from working extensively in this specialization.

He is also the author of several articles published by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, The Federal Lawyer, and the Florida Bar News. His pieces address a diverse range of topics from professionalism in legal education to Florida’s rejection of the Sutton Rule.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • University of LaVerne
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Florida Chapter of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), Chair
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The Order of Barristers (OOB)

Courts

  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)
  • Florida State Courts
July 08, 2010 PUBLICATIONFlorida Again Rejects the Sutton Rule

In Florida, like nearly all jurisdictions, an insurer may not pursue subrogation against its own insured. But when a tenant causes damage to its landlord's property, is the tenant treated as a presumptive "co-insured" under the landlord's property insurance policy? The answer, at least in Florida, is "it depends."

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October 01, 2004 PUBLICATIONForcing the Issue: Virginia Courts Begin to Expand Recoveries in Tort Between Parties to a Contract

When subrogating against an adverse party having a contractual relationship with your insured, it is routine to face the argument that your damages are barred by the economic loss rule. Most jurisdictions have carved out an exception to the sometimes harsh results that can flow from the operation of this rule. One such exception is the “other property” exception, which typically allows for tort recovery when the damaged “other property” is not a subject of the contract.
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November 01, 2002 PUBLICATIONThe Contagion of Example: Attacking the Root of the Problem in Lawyer Professionalism

Now is the time to stop talking and start acting! In the legal professionalism debate, many scholars hope, through their own unique contributions, to spark some universal epiphany that will initiate pervasive change. But a workable solution remains amorphous; the context of the problem is in constant flux and scholars feel the need to continually approach it in a “modernized” framework. Admittedly, unique perspective is an important tool for learning the intricacies of any problem, but incessantly approaching an old problem with fresh insight becomes tiresome and counterproductive . . . especially when there is no evidence of change. If we continue to merely discuss professionalism, then we will remain mired in tautology disguised as intellectual insight.

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Events

November 09, 2010 EVENTNASP Litigation Seminar
NASP Litigation Seminar
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Admiralty
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Catastrophic Recovery Coordination
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Explosions
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Large Loss Subrogation
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Material Failures
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Products Liability - Equipment Losses
  • Products Liability - Pipe Failures
  • Professional Malpractice - Engineering/Architecture
  • Subrogation
  • Trucking
  • Malpractice - Engineering