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Jamie Combee Novaes is a Partner at Butler who practices in First-Party and Third-Party Coverage as well as Extra-Contractual matters. Jamie had a wide array of work experience covering topics from education to insurance prior to Butler. At Butler, she continues to apply her legal knowledge, handling numerous cases in all phases of litigation.

Jamie serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and formerly served as the Chair of the Women in Law Committee. She is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Jamie was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2022, and in 2022 and 2023, she was recognized by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch.”

Jamie obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, 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)


Property Case Law Update 2023

Join Partner Clark Schirle, Rich Gable and Jamie Combee Novaes as they present for the Loss Executives Association (LEA) 2023 Annual Meeting on January 26, 2023. Read the program description below: Courts around the country have issued significant first-party property opinions in 2022. We will lead a discussion regarding some of these cases. This course will not be a lecture. Led by first-party a...

Butler Congratulates Our Newest Partners!

As we move into the new year, please join us in congratulating our firm’s newest Partners! You can learn more about them by clicking on their individual photos....

Ones to Watch – 2023 Edition

Join us in congratulating our attorneys who were recognized in the 2023 Best Lawyers - Ones to Watch publication! Click on their icons to learn more. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their process is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical...

Jamie Combee Novaes At the IADC 48th Annual Trial Academy

Senior Associate Jamie Combee Novaes attended the IADC 48th Annual Trial Academy from July 30-August 5, 2022. This seven-day, intensive workshop blended faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation in the setting of a mock trial. Sending lawyers to the Trial Academy is as important as ever given the disruption to professional development caused by the pandemic and t...

Florida Rising Stars – Jamie Combee Novaes and Christopher Ramey

Congratulations to Jamie Combee Novaes and Christopher Ramey for being listed as Florida Rising Stars in the Super Lawyers publication for 2022. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and...

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Jamie Combee Novaes Named to FDLA Board of Directors

Please join us in congratulating Senior Associate Jamie Combee Novaes for being named to the FDLA Board of Directors on June 16th, 2022. The Florida Defense Lawyers Association was formed in April 1967 to represent the interests of lawyers in private practice whose focus is primarily the defense of civil matters. Click here to learn more....

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...

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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