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Richard Gable, Jr. is a Partner in the Philadelphia office where he focuses his practice on Insurance Coverage, Arson & Fraud, Extra-Contractual claims including bad faith, and Subrogation. Rich has significant experience representing both domestic and international insurance carriers in large loss commercial property insurance coverage litigation, including litigation arising out of industrial, mining and energy losses, as well as property insurance subrogation. Rich has also provided coverage advice and handled litigation in connection with claims under liability and environmental insurance policies. In addition to his experience in representing insurers, he also has experience defending other financial institutions against allegations of professional negligence, fraud, unfair trade practices, and violation of consumer protection statutes.

Rich joined the firm in 2012, bringing a wealth of commercial litigation and trial experience to the firm. Rich is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Villanova University School of Law. After law school, he served as a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for almost six years where he tried numerous felony courts-martial as both a military prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. During his military career, Rich also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Rich is a former chair of the ABA/TTIPS Property Insurance Law Committee and currently, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), where he serves as a Vice-Chair of the Property Insurance Section. He frequently writes and lectures on issues involving litigation, trial practice and insurance coverage and maintains an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Admissions

  • New Jersey
    Pennsylvania

Recognitions

  • Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Property Insurance Law Committee
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Insurance Coverage

Education

  • University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Science
  • Villanova University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Vice Chair, Property Law Committee)

Media

2020 Seniors Awarded Laptops From Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

For the fifth year in a row, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig has celebrated the achievements of high school seniors across the country through our CTRL Your Future Laptop Contest. This year’s laptop contest however, has been especially meaningful in the need and impact it has had on the recipients. In a year that is typically marked by milestones, like prom, graduation and college acceptance letter...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Automatically Decide Questions Of Insurance Coverage For Covid-19

The Joseph Tambellini Restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently filed an Emergency Application for Extraordinary Relief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court pursuant to the Extraordinary jurisdiction statute of 42 Pa.C.S. § 726 and “King’s Bench Power” jurisdiction reserved for issues of immediate public importance asking the Court to rule on the question of insurance “coverage for los...

Coronavirus and Property Insurance Policies

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. The virus has spread to every state in the United States prompting a variety of responses by federal, state and local governments. Those actions have included orders mandating or recommending social distancing, limiting the number of people who can be in a public venue, closure of restaurants and...

2019 Happy Hope Box Event

Butler is proud to work with the Message of Hope Foundation to help children who are enduring ongoing treatments across the U.S. Watch the video below to learn more: [embed]https://youtu.be/11a80ud-TvU[/embed] The members of the Community Service Committee wishes to thank all of the attorneys and staff members who volunteered their time in this year’s Butler wide service project, The Happy Ho...

Rich Gable: Vice Chair for FDCC Property Insurance Section

Join us in congratulating Partner Rich Gable for being appointed Vice-Chair of the Property Insurance Section of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) for the 2019—2020 term. The FDCC is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil laws...

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Defending The Property Bad Faith Case: The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

Partner Rich Gable presented "Defending the Property Bad Faith Case: The Best Defense is a Good Offense" at the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Summer Meeting. This presentation took place on August 1st, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho. This presentation focused on the cooperation clause and anti-fraud/anti-misrepresentation clauses that exist in most policies, recent case law ...

CTRL Your Future 2018 Laptop

For the third year in a row, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig has spread some end of the school year cheer to seniors in eight different locations. Butler’s annual CTRL Your Future essay contest was created by the Firm’s Community Service Committee to recognize deserving high school seniors who have exhibited a commitment to their academics. The winners in each city received a brand-new laptop wit...

A Home After The Storm: How Does Additional Living Expense Coverage Respond To Insureds Impacted By Hurricanes?

This article is originally a publication of CLM Magazine, November 2017. Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. Hurricane Harvey recently displaced more than 1 million people, and news reports indicate that it left behind wreckage over an approximately 300 mile area. Hurricane Irma caused an estimated 6.5 million people to evacuate the storm in ...

Federal Judge finds post loss assignment of benefits proper under Pennsylvania law

In a recent opinion, Judge Schmehl of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a forced placed insurer’s Motion to Dismiss a suit brought by the assignee of a homeowner for water damage to the home. In Williams v. American Surety Insurance Company, the subject home was damaged by water while the mortgage company was in the process of foreclosing on the home. The homeowner, who had been desig...

The 2017 Super Lawyers List is Here!

The 2017 Super Lawyers List is here! Super Lawyers, a rating service for outstanding lawyers that utilizes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, has selected multiple Butler attorneys as "Super Lawyers" in their area of practice. View our attorneys who are on the 2017 Super Lawyers List: A complete list of our "Super Lawyers" is available here  ...

CTRL Your Future

For the second year in a row, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig has spread some end of the school year cheer to seniors in eight different locations. Butler’s annual CTRL Your Future essay contest was created by the Firm’s Community Service Committee to recognize deserving high school seniors who have exhibited a commitment to their academics. The winners in each city received a brand-new laptop wi...

Pennsylvania Superior Court adopts narrow interpretations of surface water exclusion and ensuing loss clause

In the Ridgewood Group LLC v Millers Capital Insurance Company, No. 1138 EDA 2016, February 27, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania analyzed two often troublesome policy provisions, the surface water exclusion, and the ensuing loss cause. The underlying claim involved water leakage into the basement of a residential rental property. Both parties agreed that the building's rotting roof, gutt...

Bad Faith Update: Key Jurisdictions

Richard D. Gable presented during day two of the 4th Annual Bad Faith Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit in Connecticut this November. His topic, "Bad Faith Update on Key Jurisdictions", contributes to the latest bad faith litigation strategy intelligence you need to know. His co-presenter is Thomas G. Drennan of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP....

Common Legal Issues With Roofing Claims

Richard Gable and Michael McLaughlin spoke on the topic of Common Legal Issues with Roofing Claims on June 21st, 2016 in Philadelphia....

Shelter From The Storm: Potential Disputes In Handling Additional Living Expense Claims

A house fire can be one of the most disruptive events a family will face. But life must go on. A new place to reside is required pending repairs, children need to go to school, and pets need to be cared for....

Insurers Don’t Sleep on Your Rights: Insurer’s Motion to Intervene Denied as Untimely

A federal court judge recently denied a liability insurer’s request to intervene in a suit involving its insured for the purpose of proposing specific jury interrogatories relevant to an underlying insurance coverage dispute. The suit captioned Gadley v. Jerry Ellis Construction, No. 3:14-cv-00155-KRG in the Western District of Pennsylvania, involved negligence claims against Jerry Ellis Constr...

Fdcc Annual Meeting

Richard Gable will be participating in a panel discussion at the FDCC Annual Meeting on July 26—31, 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Rich's topic is, "The Disruptive Consequences of Public Health Events."...

Aba Tips Property Insurance Law Committee

Richard Gable spoke at the ABA TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee, Spring CLE on May 7—9, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.   Rich's presentation was entitled, "Ethical Considerations in Settlement and Mediation of a Complex Commercial Fire Claim."...

The Season of Giving: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds Bad Faith Claims to be Assignable

Rejecting the holdings of two recent decisions by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held in a 5-to-1 ruling that claims under Pennsylvania’s Bad Faith Statute (42 Pa.C.S. § 8371) are assignable to injured third parties. The decision, Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, 2014 Pa. LEXIS 3309 (Pa. Dec. 15, 2014), considered the case of Jared Wolfe, wh...

Attorney-Expert Communications Are Now Protected in PA

Falling in line with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered that Rule of Civil Procedure 4003.5 be amended to reflect the incorporation of an express prohibition against the discovery of communications between attorneys and experts. The newly added language provides that a party “may not discover the communications between another party’s attorney and a...

Feng Shui: Direct Physical Loss Does Not Include Damage to Invisible Forces

A federal judge recently ruled that an insurer was not obligated to pay $50,000 for a feng shui consultant following a fire loss in a dentist’s office. Patel v. American Economy Insurance Co. et al., No. 12-cv-04719, 2014 WL 1862211 (N.D. Cal. May 8, 2014). While the cost to repair the physical damage from the fire was insured under the policy, the court found that the cost to repair damage to...

2014 Plrb Claims Conference

Rich Gable co-presented with Michael Barrett of Engle Martin at the PLRB Claims Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rich's topic was, "Dealing with Aggressive Contractors."...

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