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Jamie Combee Novaes

Senior Associate | Tampa

Jamie Combee Novaes is a Senior Associate at Butler who practices in Liability, First-Party and Third-Party Coverage, and Extra-Contractual matters. Jamie had a wide array of work experience covering topics from education to insurance prior to Butler. She has continued to apply her legal knowledge, handling numerous cases in all phases of litigation.

Jamie obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, in 2013 from Stetson University College of Law. While in the honors program, she co-founded and served as editor of the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law. Jamie also advocated on Stetson’s nationally-ranked trial team and competed for the Moot Court Board, which selected her to serve as associate justice. During her time in school, she achieved numerous awards and accolades; served as a research and teaching assistant for Research & Writing, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy; earned the highest grade designation in Research & Writing and Constitutional Law; and was selected to serve on the Student Leadership Development Committee and Student Bar Association.

Before bringing her talents to the firm, Jamie interned at a litigation firm in Tampa and at the Chicago Federal Public Defender Program, which earned her the prestigious Judge William J. Campbell Intern-at-Law Award.


  • Florida


Joseph J. Reiter Advocacy Scholarship
Judge William J. Campbell Intern-at-Law Award
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award


  • University of South Florida
    Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • Florida Courts (Middle District)
  • Florida Courts (Northern District)
  • Florida Courts (Southern District)


Removing Your Case to Federal Court and Keeping it There (Article)

Defendants often prefer that their cases be heard in federal court. Rice, Jill Cranston, The Federal Rules are Right for our State Courts, 59 No. 5 DRI For Def. 13 (May 2017). We assume your client shares this preference. This article provides a go-to reference for young practitioners and helpful pointers for senior lawyers to remove your case to federal court and keep it there. The Basics – Re...

Litigating Tile Roof Claims

Join Senior Associates Jamie Combee Novaes and D. Grayson Kelly along with co-presenter Paul R. Marsenison as they present for the FDLA 2022 Florida Liability Claims Conference. This presentation will take place on June 16, 2022 at Disney's Boardwalk Inn. The presentation will provide a discussion on ways to navigate tile roof claims and avoid potential pitfalls. Learn the real truths versus the ...

Safari Guide for Panel Counsel

Join Senior Associate Jamie Combee Novaes as she presents for the Southeastern Women's Litigators Conference on March 24, 2022 at the Atlanta Zoo. The one-day seminar will combine speakers and panelists to discuss developing leadership and career building skills. The presentations will also explore challenges, risks and rewards on the path to having a fulfilling and productive career for women la...

Insurer Doesn’t “Waive” Goodbye to Coverage Defenses by Making a Payment

Does an insurer “open coverage” or “acknowledge coverage” for a claim by making a payment? No, it doesn’t. The Third DCA confirmed: an insurer does not waive its coverage defenses, such as policy exclusions or breaches of policy conditions, by making a payment. United Automobile Insurance Company v. Stand-Up MRI of Miami, Inc. a/a/o Omaira Perez, No. 3D21-71, 2021 WL 3889261 (Fla. 3d DCA...

Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2022

Please join us in congratulating our attorneys for their inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This list recognizes lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. They have been recognized in the First Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for their work in insurance litigation. Congratulations! Click their...

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Jamie Combee Novaes Announced as Women in Law Chair

Join us in congratulating attorney Jamie Combee Novaes for being selected as the Chair for the FDLA's Women in Law (WIL) Committee. The Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) is a state organization of Lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation. Our member attorneys conduct business throughout Florida, the United States and around the world, and FDLA values the perspectives and varie...

International Women’s Day – 2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, Butler's female attorneys came together to discuss important female figures in US history. Watch the video below: [embed][/embed]  ...

International Women’s Day


Challenging Consent Judgments As Unreasonable Or Tainted By Bad Faith

Generally, if an insurance company refuses to defend its insured against a claim, the insured may protect himself by entering into a stipulated agreement with the claimant and holding the insurance company responsible for paying the claimant the agreed-to amount. Click the link on the right to download pdf. Article Link>>  ...

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