As a Partner at Butler in our Tampa office, Timothy R. Engelbrecht has been with the firm since 2008. Timothy defends insurance companies against first-party property breach of contract lawsuits and declaratory judgment actions for insurance coverage. These lawsuits often involve claims of water, fire, storm, or sinkhole damage at residential or commercial properties.
Timothy defends insurance companies against extra-contractual claims and has handled matters pertaining to insurance compliance and reporting, construction defects, workers compensation, and employment law.
Timothy earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Timothy attended the University of Notre Dame's Summer Law Programme in London where he studied carriage of goods by sea and the law of the European Union. Prior to this, Timothy earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.
Prior to joining Butler, Timothy served as Staff Attorney (judicial law clerk) for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
- Four CALI Awards for achieving the highest grade in Property, Torts, Insurance Law, and National Security Law
- St. Norbert College
Bachelor of Arts
- Hamline University School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Florida Courts (Middle District)
- Florida Courts (Southern District)
Gavin's Ace Hardware, Inc. v. Federated Mut. Ins. Co., 2011 WL 5104476 (M.D. Fla. 2011)
Hunt v. State Farm Fla. Ins. Co., 112 So.3d 547 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
King v. First Liberty Ins. Corp., 2013 WL 561373 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
Pacatte v. State Farm Fla. Ins. Co., 2011 WL 9514860 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2011)
November 23, 2016
PUBLICATIONAwash in AOBs
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Hurricane Matthew lashed Florida’s eastern coast in early October causing significant damage to both residential and commercial property. While Hurricane Matthew is gone, Florida insurers are now bracing for another type of storm, namely a flood of assigned insurance claims in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s destruction. Over the past few years, assigned insurance claims – often referred to assignments of benefits or AOBs – have been particularly challenging for first-party property insurers in Florida. AOBs raise unique issues, including fraud concerns.
October 18, 2016
PUBLICATIONFollow Up on Assignment of Benefits Litigation in Florida
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In the summer of 2016, SLA published an article titled "Assignment of Benefit Litigation in Florida." The article was an introduction to the topic of assignments of benefits ("AOB") in Florida and how they are being used in insurance claims and litigation. Many readers asked for a follow up article that would provide some additional information and analysis on certain AOB topics. This article will spotlight four of those topics and give the reader some additional information and analysis on each of them.
June 24, 2016
PUBLICATIONAssignment of Benefits Litigation in Florida
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Over the past five years, first-party property insurers in Florida have been experiencing a wave of claims and lawsuits by contractors who obtain insurance rights from insureds through document called an assignment of benefits ("AOB"). This article is intended to introduce the reader to this topic and explain some of the challenges facing insurers in dealing with AOBs in Florida. The reader is welcome to contact the author to learn more.
September 27, 2012
PUBLICATIONThe Troubles Of Trafalgar : Bad Faith In the Absence Of Breach Of Contract
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How can a first-party insurer be legally liable for insurance ‘‘bad faith'' if it has already been found not to be liable for breach of the insurance contract? According to at least one Florida appellate court, by paying an Appraisal Award timely.