Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

W. Douglas Berry

General Counsel to the firm Tampa
wberry@butler.legalvCard
(813) 281-1900

As General Counsel to the firm in Tampa, W. Douglas Berry joined Butler in 1989. From 2001 to 2014, he served as the firm’s Managing Partner. When not engaged in firm management, Doug practices in the Coverage department of Butler, where he is involved in the analysis and litigation of first and third party coverage disputes with policyholders. Other areas of his practice include Extra-Contractual claims, Appellate advocacy, Municipal Liability, and Reinsurance Coverage.

Doug graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 1969. On a Marine Corps scholarship, he attended and graduated from Stetson College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1977. He also received a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1974 and a Master of Laws degree from George Washington University in 1989.

Before joining Butler, Doug served for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, he served as infantry officer in the Republic of Vietnam before attending law school on a Marine Corps scholarship. After graduating law school, among other assignments, he served as a defense counsel, chief prosecutor and as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Doug is a graduate of the National College of District Attorneys Career Prosecutor Course at the University of Houston, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's national course at the University of Colorado and a Trial Advocacy Instructor course at Harvard University.

Throughout his prestigious career, Doug has lectured on coverage and law firm management topics for the American Bar Association, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Florida Windstorm Network.

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Education

  • U.S. Naval Academy
    Bachelor of Science
  • University of Southern California
    Master of Science
  • Stetson University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • George Washington University
    Master of Laws

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (former Chair, Property Insurance Law Committee, TTIPS)
  • Bars of the Courts of Military and Veterans Appeals
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The District of Columbia Bar

Courts

  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • All Federal District Courts of Florida
  • Courts of Military and Veterans Appeals
  • Florida State Courts
May 01, 2007 PUBLICATIONHindsight vs. Foresight: The Adjustment of Business Income Claims

The hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 resulted in many claims for loss of business income. Applying this coverage, which is always tricky, can be even more problematic in the context of widespread devastation. 

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Blog Posts

January 08, 2018 BLOG POSTALL INSURANCE ADJUSTER OFFICES NOW NEED A HEAD HONCHO!: FLORIDA LEGISLATURE ADDRESSES ADJUSTING AND PUBLIC ADJUSTING FIRMS

Florida House Bill 911, “An Act Relating to Insurance Adjusters” became law on January 1, 2018. In large part, the new legislation deals with the internal operation of public adjusting firms. For example:

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Events

March 03, 2010 EVENTAnd The Hits Just Keep Coming: The Proliferation And Handling Of "Supplemental" Hurricane Claims

"Stayin' Alive (At All Costs) --
Property Insurers As Deep Pocket Targets
In Uncertain Economic Times"

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February 21, 2009 EVENT"Managing The Case Of A Lifetime" -- The Extra-Contractual Case

2009 Winter Meeting

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September 15, 2008 EVENTAppraisals, Appraisal Agreements & Appraisal Award Forms

PLRB/LIRB's Property Insurance Section and Insurance Coverage Section's Critical Issues for Senior Insurance Executives and In-House Counsel

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February 25, 2007 EVENTThe Private Law Firm of the Future - 2010 and Beyond

FDCC Winter Meeting

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January 29, 2007 EVENT2007 Case Law Update

Windstorm Insurance Conference

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News

February 27, 2018 NEWSThe Veterans Consortium recognizes a "VIP" – Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono Douglas Berry

Each month, The Veterans Consortium recognizes a “VIP” – Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono value all our volunteers and wish to recognize those who inspire others. 

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December 13, 2017 NEWSThe 2018 Florida Best Lawyers Edition

The 2018 Florida Best Lawyers Edition is finally here!

The Best Lawyers list is compiled by peer-review surveys which leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers. The process of this award is as follows: nomination, peer review, analysis of feedback, eligibility check, and then the releasing of the Best Lawyers in Florida. Congratulations to the following attorneys...

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July 09, 2015 NEWSDoug Berry Wins Appeal on Behalf of Veteran

The Consortium, comprised of most of the veterans' service organizations, acts as a clearing house reviewing veterans' claims for possible merit before USCAVC and matches them with attorneys willing to work on a pro bono basis.  Should the veteran prevail,  his or her pro bono attorney is entitled to attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

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December 18, 2014 NEWSDoug Berry Honored at Lloyd's

On 18 November 2014, Managing Partner Doug Berry was honored by numerous representatives of the leading Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, for his many years of superlative service to the London property insurance market.  Charles Glaisher of Faraday Underwriting Ltd. presented Doug with a biography of Sir Winston Churchill and a compilation of Great Speeches, which were both signed by the many clients Doug has represented over the past 25 years.  The presentation took place at the Lloyd's Library during an educational seminar sponsored by the Firm.  Partners Scott Katz and Jerry Albrecht also spoke during the seminar.  

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September 29, 2014 NEWSSeven Partners Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

Butler is pleased to announce that seven of its Partners were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, a highly regarded directory of attorneys, where inclusion is entirely peer-based and extremely selective.  Fewer than 4% of the nation's attorneys are included.

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July 22, 2010 NEWSFor the second year in a row, Florida Trend magazine has named Butler one of Florida's top companies to work for

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP was recently named one of Florida's Best Companies To Work For.

One-hundred companies were recognized in small, medium and large company categories. The rankings – the second annual statewide Best Companies list – appear in the August issue Florida Trend and on FloridaTrend.com. The Best Companies To Work For in Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and endorsed by the HR Florida State Council.

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July 24, 2009 NEWSButler named one of the best companies to work for in Florida

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP was recently named one of Florida's Best Companies To Work For.

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June 03, 2009 NEWSGovernor Vetoes Condominium Insurance Bill

Governor Crist vetoes revisions to condominium insurance statute. The recent legislative session passed Senate Bill 714 which sought to clarify the insuring responsibilties between the unit owner and the association. For reasons outlined in his letter of June 1, the Governor vetoed the measure.
 

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Personal Injury
  • Coverage - Property
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • Municipal Liability
  • Professional Malpractice - Municipal Liability
  • Reinsurance Coverage
  • Third Party Coverage Issues