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Bret Freeman is an Associate at Butler and practices in First-Party Property Coverage and Extra-Contractual practice areas. He graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley law school where he held numerous leadership roles. Most notably, Bret was recognized for his excellent oral argument skills when he was named the winner of The Melissa Mitchell Moot court competition. Bret continues his community involvement and love for oral argument through mentoring competing moot court teams from the University of Tampa and judging local competitions.

Before law school, Bret had a successful career as an HR professional, where he served as HR Leader for several mid and large-sized organizations. Bret also donates his time and energy to several local non-profit organizations aimed at improving the community.


  • Florida


  • Miami University
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Nova Southeastern University
    Master of Science
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Juris Doctor


Lights, Camera, Action: Florida court rules insured can record appraisal inspection

On July 7, 2021, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that an insured may electronically record an insurer’s appraiser during an inspection of the insured’s property.  The case is Silversmith v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2021 WL 2910240, 4D20-2685 (4th DCA July 7, 2021). The case arose after an insured made a first-party property insurance claim.  The insurer requested the claim be ...

Attorney Spotlight | Bret Freeman

Butler is proud to spotlight one of its rising Associates, Bret Freeman. His success as an attorney is attributed to his avidity for learning, zest for life, and love of people. For Bret being a great lawyer is not just about putting in the hard work, it’s about giving value to the things that matter most: the people.  Before pursuing law you had a successful career as an HR professional. Wh...

Black History Month 2021 | Part 1

Butler presents the first in a four-part series discussing important historical African-American figures and developments during the Harlem Renaissance. Part one is narrated by attorney Bret Freeman. View the full video below: ...

Black History Month | Jean-Michel Basquiat & Toni Morrison

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be taking a look at some important African-American figures that have impacted American culture. This week, we will take a look at artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and writer Toni Morrison. Narrated by Bret Freeman. [embed][/embed]...

Bret Freeman