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Matthew W. Peaire is a Partner at Butler. Since joining the firm in 2001, his practice has focused on both large, complex Subrogation matters and Cyber Losses where he provides attorney managed, pre-breach risk assessments, post-breach incident response, and legal representation to companies who have been the victim of a data breach. Matt’s subrogation practice ranges from handling smaller personal lines losses to large commercial losses. He routinely handles subrogation and recovery cases throughout the United States for both insurers and self-insureds.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1996. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stetson University College of Law in 2000. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Stetson University School of Business that same year. While in law school, Matt clerked as a judicial intern for Judge David Demers of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He is admitted to practice in all Florida courts.

Matt is a recognized authority on both subrogation and cyber related matters. He has authored numerous articles for various publications through the years, including co-authoring Chapter 158 “Introduction to Insurance Subrogation” in the recently published Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition. Published by LexisNexis, Appleman on Insurance has long been considered a comprehensive resource in the field of insurance law. Matt is also a frequent lecturer at national conferences on both subrogation and cyber topics. Additionally, he routinely provides in-house training to clients across the country on large loss subrogation and best practices in responding to a data breach. He is also very active in the National Association of Subrogation Professionals and was recently a co-chair of the Annual Conference.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • University of Florida
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Stetson University
    Master of Business Administration
  • Stetson University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)

Courts

  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)

Media

Identifying Subrogation And Preventing Spoliation

Partner Matthew Peaire and co-presenter Tim York (NEFCO Fire Investigations) presented "Identifying Subrogation and Preventing Spoliation" for the FIFEC 2019 Conference. This presentation took place in Orlando, Florida on June 6th, 2019....

Determining Settlement Value From The Carrier And Attorney Perspective

Partner Matthew Peaire co-presented with Homesite Subrogation manager Justin Debenedectis on the relationship between the insurer and subrogation attorney when identifying settlement value. This presentation was held at the NASP 2018 Annual Conference on November 12, 2018 in Orlando, FL....

The Importance And Requirement Of Having A Representative With Full Settlement Authority At Mediation

This article is originally a publication of Subrogator, Fall/Winter Issue 2018. Subrogator is owned and produced by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. Mediations are one of the most common and effective forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  They typically occur with an attorney, a par...

Nasp 2017 Conference – Please Tell Me I Didn’t Just Read That!! – How To Keep Unwanted Materials Out Of Claims Files, And What To Do When You Find It When Preparing Responses To Discovery

Matthew Peaire from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Austin, TX at the NASP 2017 Conference on the topic of "Please tell me I didn’t just read that!! – How to Keep Unwanted Materials Out of Claims Files, and What to Do when you Find it When Preparing Responses to Discovery"....

Facap / Iasiu Joint Conference – Fire In The Courtroom: Lessons Learned In The Heat Of Battle

Gerald Albrecht, Matthew Peaire and Mohammad Mubarak from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Orlando, FL at the FACAP IASIU Joint Conference on the topic of "Fire in the Courtroom: Lessons Learned in the Heat of Battle".      ...

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Subrogation Following a Hurricane is All Hands on Deck

Hurricane season began June 1st, and runs through November 30th. However, we are about 30 days from approaching the peak of hurricane season, when the season becomes its most active. Weather predictors are predicting an above-average number of storms this year, with 14 expected named storms. As anyone who has worked “CAT” claims knows, when a hurricane hits, it’s “all hands on deck.” Thi...

State Specific: Tennessee Addresses Production Of Underwriting Files, Similar Claim Materials And Reserves In First Horizon National Corporation V. Houston Casualty Company, Et Al.

This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Spring/Summer, 2017. © Copyright 2017 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP. The United States District Court, W.D. Tennessee, recently addressed discovery relating to “similar insurance claims": the production of underwriting ...

Proving Products Liability Cases: The Bar Has Been Raised

Matthew W. Peaire and Dean S. Rauchwerger presented "Proving Products Liability Cases: The Bar has been Raised" on Thursday, June 16, 2016. With the recent additions to NFPA 921 and an alarming trend in the courts to hold products liability cases to a higher standard than ever before, there are a myriad of issues you must address from day one on a products liability subrogation case. This presenta...

5th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance Execusummit

Matt Peaire spoke at the 5th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance ExecuSummit on April 19—20, 2016 at Uncasville, CT. Matt's topic was, "Subrogation & Cyber Liability Insurance: 2016 Update"....

Nasp 2016 Subrogation Litigation: Skills And Management Conference

Hobie Hind and Matt Peaire presented at the NASP 2016 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference on April 7, 2016. Hobie and Matt's topic was "My Ethics v. Your Ethics: When the Expert & Attorney Obligations Diverge."...

Matthew W. Peaire and Dean S. Rauchwerger Present “Proving Products Liability”.

Matthew W. Peaire (Tampa) and Dean S. Rauchwerger (Chicago) presented on February 10, 2016, a continuing education seminar on “Proving Products Liability” to one of the nation’s largest personal lines insurers. This interactive program discussed many relevant product liability dynamics, such as the product manufacturer’s mindset in defending product claims, types of viable product claims t...

Introduction To Insurance Subrogation

Matthew W. Peaire and Jessica M. Skarin recently authored Chapter 158 “Introduction to Insurance Subrogation” in the New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition.  Published by LexisNexis, Appleman on Insurance has long been considered a comprehensive resource in the field of insurance law.  It is showcased by LexisNexis as an “authoritative analyses of insurance law across the nation wit...

Fire Investigation & Fire Spread Seminar

Matthew W. Peaire and Dean S. Rauchwerger presented, on August 12, 2015, a client continuing education seminar on “Effective Fire Investigations and Fire Spread Liability: Practical Strategies for Prosecuting & Defending.”  If you are interested in a similar client-dedicated educational program on Fire Investigations and  Fire Spread Liability, please contact Matthew W. Peaire (m...

Rimkus 12th Annual Continuing Education Seminar

John Garaffa and Matt Peaire will be presenting at RIMKUS' 12th Annual Continuing Education Seminar in Tampa, FL. John and Matt's topic is, "Subrogation & Cyber Liability Insurance: 2015 Update."...

4th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance Execusummit

Matthew Peaire spoke at the 4th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance ExecuSummit. Matt's presentation was entitled, "Subrogation & Cyber Liability Insurance 2015 Update."...

Nasp 2014 Annual Conference

Matt Peaire spoke at the NASP 2014 Annual Conference. On Monday, November 10th, he presented, "Hiring, Training and Motivating a New Generation of Employees."...

Butler Subrogation & Recovery Webinar

Butler's Subrogation & Recovery practice group hosteda 60 minute webinar entitled "Is Your Claim Undermined Because Your Target is Underwater? - What To Do When Your Recovery Target Files for Bankruptcy". The presentation discussed how to evaluate the recovery potential of a claim against a target that is threatening to file, or has filed for bankruptcy, as well as how to protect your Claim...

Threat of Future Harm as a result of a Cyber Breach May be Sufficient to Confer Standing

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that the threat of future harm alleged in a class action complaint is sufficient "injury" to satisfy the "case or controversy" requirement of Article III of the United States Constitution. The order denying the defendant's motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction allows the class action lawsuit in In re Adob...

Optimizing The Use Of Technology In Mediation

From cell phones to the worldwide web, to electronic mail, and beyond, over the past twenty years, we have experienced an unprecedented growth in technology, as well as a growing dependence in our day-to-day lives on these technologies. Accordingly, it is of little surprise parties and mediators alike have implemented the advancements in information technology to the mediation process. Various for...

Florida Defines How Certain Commercial Entities Must Handle Personal Information

Effective July 1, 2014, Florida enacted what some have described as one of the country’s most detailed and comprehensive statutes governing the duties of commercial entities that acquire, maintain, store, or use personal information, including potential penalties related to the loss of such data. Rather than simply amending the previous provision, Florida Statute 817.5681, the Florida Legislatur...

2014 Rimkus Ce Seminar

Matthew Peaire spoke at RIMKUS' 2014 CE Seminar on June 25, 2014. The presentation was titled, "Updates to NFPA 921."...

Nasp 2014 Litigation Skills Conference

Hobie Hind and Matt Peaire spoke at the NASP 2014 Litigation Skills Conference on April 10 — April 11, 2014. The topic was "Using Exhibits Effectively When Arguing, Mediating and Negotiating."...

The Dangers Of Evidence Disposal

This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Winter, 2013. © Copyright 2013 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP. There comes a time at the end of every case involving retained evidence when the file handler, whether that be the adjuster, lawyer or third party claim hand...

Nasp’s 2013 Annual Conference

Hobie Hind and Matt Peaire spoke at the NASP 2013 National Conference on November 3, 2013, in San Diego, CA. The topic was "Subro and Cyber Security."...

Mind The Gap: Weathering The Statutory Notification Process When A Data Breach Occurs

Even before Edward Snowden and the NSA entered into the public conversation, data breach concerns abounded. For instance, a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute surveyed 4,774 IT and IT security professionals from nine countries- U.S., UK, France, Germany, Japan, China, India, Australia, and Brazil - and revealed that 60 percent of companies had a network security breach in the last yea...

Nasp Webinar

Matt Peaire took part in a NASP webinar on February 12, 2013. Matt's session was, "Alternative Dispute Resolution – Litigation is Not Always the Only Option."...

Plrb Claims Conference

Matt spoke at the PLRB 2012 Claims Conference. The topic was, "Identifying Subrogation & Recovery Following a Weather Catastrophe."...

Nasp Annual Conference

Matt Peaire gave a presentation on how SIU can assist a subrogation investigation....

Litigation Is Not Always The Only Option

his article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Fall, 2011. © Copyright 2011 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP.  A great subrogation recovery can be defined as one that recovers the largest amount of money in the shortest period of time with the least amount of cost.  D...

2011 Plrb Claims Conference

Matthew Peaire spoke at 2011 PLRB Claims Conference....

Florida Legislature Increases The Statutory Limits On Liability For Tort Claims Against The State And Its State Agencies

This article was originally published in NASP's Subrogator Spring/Summer 2010 publication. © 2010.  Reprinted by permission. Historically, in Florida, tort claims against the state and its state agencies have been limited to $100,000 per claim or $200,000 per occurrence. On April 27, 2010, the Florida Governor approved an amendment to Florida Statute §768.28(5) thereby increasing the limit ...

Spoliation Of Evidence – A Summary Of Killings V. Enterprise Leasing Company, Inc., 2008 Wl 4967412 (Ala. 2008)

Spoliation of Evidence This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Summer, 2009, Page 74. © Copyright 2009 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP. State Specific | Alabaman A summary of Killings v. Enterprise Leasing Company, Inc., 2008 WL 4967412 (Ala. 2008). A recent c...

Florida Legislature Again Changes The Requirements For Making A Construction Defect Claim

This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Winter 2007, Page 131. © Copyright 2007 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP. Florida Governor Jeb Bush initially approved Senate Bill 1286 on May 23, 2003. The initial version of Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes[1] (hereina...

Fire Department Negligence Not Considered Intervening Cause In Franklin County, Ohio

This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Fall 2005, Page 18. © Copyright 2005 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP.    This case involves a subrogation action following payments made by a commercial property carrier to its insured as a result of a fire that occurr...

New Amendments To Florida Law For Making Claims Against Contractors For Construction Defects

This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Spring/Summer 2005, Page 102. © Copyright 2005 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP.   Florida's Construction Defect Statute, F.S. § 558.001 et seq. ("Construction Defect Statute"),[1] first became effective on May 27, 2003....

New Florida Law Changes Procedure For Making Claims Against Contractors For Construction Defects

This article was originally published in NASP Subrogator Magazine, February 2004, p. 68. © Copyright Butler 2004. Florida Governor Jeb Bush approved Senate Bill No. 1286 (“Bill 1286”), which drastically changes the method for presenting a claim for construction defects. Effective May 27, 2003, Florida homeowners and their subrogees cannot file a construction defect lawsuit without fully comp...

Appraising Windstorm Claims

This is one of a series of articles under the by line “Butler on Bad Faith” originally published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 17, #4, p. 20 (June 18, 2003). © Copyright Butler 2003. Once again the annual “hold-your-breath” season is upon us. In Hartford, New York, and London weather channels are beating “sitcoms” on the “Nielson” ratings. Internet stri...

Anger And Punishment

This is one of a series of articles under the by line “Butler on Bad Faith” originally published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 16, #18, p. 20 (January 22, 2003). © Copyright Butler 2003.  I. Two-Thousand Years Horace once wrote: “Anger is a brief madness.” Such human condition apparently has not changed in over 2000 years. USA Today's January 9, 2003 editori...

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