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Janice Buchman

Diversity and Inclusion Partner | Tampa

Janice C. Buchman is a Partner with Butler in our Tampa office. She practices in First-Party Coverage matters and Bad Faith, with significant experience handling claims arising from hurricanes, floods, mold, pollution, builder’s risk, fraud, theft, fire and arson, collapses, earth movement, cargo losses, and business income losses. Janice also has extensive experience in the construction arena, including representing general contractors and subcontractors as well as suppliers of building components in construction defect litigations. She also handles Extra-Contractual and Appellate cases, and has experience representing insurance companies in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

Janice graduated from The Dickinson School of Law (now a part of Pennsylvania State University) with her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. During law school, she was a member of the Law Review and the Trial Moot Court Board. In 1985, she received her Master of Laws in trade regulation from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Janice served as in-house counsel with a large construction management company, and was in private practice specializing in general civil litigation. She also served as a mediator in court-ordered civil cases and insurance matters, and served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and the American Arbitration Association.

Before moving to Florida, Janice practiced law in New York. Today, she is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.


  • Florida
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • New York University School of Law
    Master of Laws


  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)


  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)


Black History Month | Katherine Johnson and Charles Drew

In the last part of our miniseries highlighting several prominent African-American figures in history, we take a look at the lives of Katherine Johnson and Dr. Charles Drew. Starring Janice Buchman and Anthony Russo. [embed][/embed]...

Black History Month | Serena Williams & Eliud Kipchoge

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 athletes Serena Williams and Eliud Kipchoge. Starring Attorneys Janice Buchman and Suzanne DeCopain [embed][/embed]...

Black History Month | Ella Baker & Mary Mcleod Bethune

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 social advocates Ella Baker and Mary Mcleod Bethune. Starring Attorneys Janice Buchman and Nicia Mejia. [embed][/embed]...

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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]  ...

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International Women’s Day


Greatest Recent Hits In The World Of Property Coverage

Janice Buchman presented at the 2016 CLM New York Conference. Janice's topic will be “Greatest Recent Hits in the World of Property Coverage.” This summit will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York, NY....

Clm’s 2014 Insurance Bad Faith Committee Mini-Conference

Janice Buchman spoke at CLM's 2014 Insurance Bad Faith Committee Mini-Conference on February, 28 2014. The presentation was titled, "Post-Suit Claims: The Cart Before the Horse and Something in Between."...

Who Is Entitled To The Claims File?

The United States Supreme Court has recognized the "attorney-client privilege" as "one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications," the purpose of which is to encourage "full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and the administration of justice." Who Is Entitled To The Claims Fil...

Bad-Faith’ Discovery: Claim Files, Training Materials, Personnel Files, And The Kitchen Sink

A recent discovery order in the federal court case of Signature Development, LLC v. Mid-Continental Casualty Company is illustrative of our liberal discovery. Note, this liability insurer has yet to be found liable or guilty of any wrongdoing.  Signature alleges, however, that the corporate defendant insurer breached the contract of insurance, committed ‘‘bad-faith,'' breached its fiduciary d...

Clm 2013 Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference

Janice Buchman spoke at CLM's Bad Faith/Fraud Conference in Orlando on January 25, 2013. Janice's session was, "Appraisal: Should I Stay or Should I Go? New Considerations in the Era of Bad Faith."...

Scary Stuff: Insurance Claim Files And Exceptions To The Attorney-Client Privilege

I. Introduction In May 2008, we wrote in this Commentary: Are all attorney-client communications contained in such claim files that were thought to be confidential now discoverable because the insurer lost the underlying first-party claim, litigation, or appeal? Scary Stuff: Insurance Claim Files And Exceptions To The Attorney-Client Privilege...

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