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Samantha P. Wuschke received her Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Florida State University in 2018, double majoring in Editing, Writing, Media, and Political Science. She immediately proceeded to law school, obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Florida State University in 2021, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2021.

Samantha is currently admitted to practice in all Florida courts and the Federal Courts for the Northern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. In addition to her regular practice in Florida, Samantha has appeared pro hac vice in Alabama and Mississippi. Samantha has experience at the trial and appellate level.

Samantha’s practice is energetic, comprehensive, and attentive—she currently focuses on the areas of third-party coverage, first-party property coverage, extra-contractual claims, liability, and appeals. She began exploring the legal field while attending Florida State University as an undergraduate student and was engaged from the beginning in working on insurance matters involving coverage, bodily injury, and property damage. However, Samantha is driven by an insatiable curiosity that brought her to explore various practice areas before returning to the insurance realm. All of Samantha’s experiences contribute to her stellar performance as an insurance defense attorney who regularly deals with issues spanning a wide array of subject areas.

To begin with, the summer following her first year of law school, Samantha particularly enjoyed mentoring incoming and potential law students and working on several federal criminal defense matters, including an appeal to the Eleventh Circuit. Later, she also worked in the law school’s Immigration Law Clinic and thereafter continued with pro bono representation of clients on immigration matters. She then worked as a law clerk in the employment law arena through her second and third years of law school, where she learned the ins and outs of a successful practice in employment law.

In 2021, Samantha secured post-graduate employment at a boutique insurance defense firm where her varied interests and passion for learning new ways to wield her legal degree came to a head. There, she litigated matters involving complex litigation, commercial litigation, third-party coverage, first-party coverage, extra-contractual claims, liability disputes including trucking accidents, slip and falls, and property damage, subrogation, environmental law, maritime law, the niche area of disputes concerning underground storage tanks, and worked on appeals. Now, while at Butler, Samantha continues to hone her expertise in third-party coverage, first-party property coverage, extra-contractual claims, liability, and appeals.

In 2023, the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar selected Samantha as the sole Fellow of the Appellate Practice Section for 2023 through 2024. During this time, she has networked with appellate attorneys and judges throughout the state of Florida by attending executive board meetings and contributing her time to other Appellate Practice Section events. Additionally, Samantha provides pro bono appellate representation to children through the Defending Best Interest Program, a product of a partnership between the Guardian ad Litem’s Office and the Appellate Practice Section. Samantha is actively creating content to publish in blogs and drafting articles in the areas of insurance coverage and appellate practice. Finally, Samantha is a Private Barrister Member of the American Inns of Court for the First District Court of Appeals, where she works closely with a team of leaders in the field of appellate law to provide presentations on current appellate issues. As a Private Barrister Member of the Inns of Court, Samantha attends monthly networking events at the First District Court of Appeals and relishes learning and teaching among peers and judges.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
    Juris Doctor
  • Florida State University
    Bachelor of Science
    Bachelor of Arts

Media

Federal Court Applying Alabama Law Finds That Insurer Has No Duty To Defend Failure-to-disclose Action

The duties to defend and indemnify arise out of an insurer’s contract with its insured. It is a commonly accepted principle under Alabama law that an insurer's duties to defend and indemnify are separate and distinct. Indeed, a finding by a court that an insurer is obligated to defend its insured against the allegations in an underlying complaint does not mean that it must also indemnify its ins...

Insurers May be on-the-hook for Pre-Suit Attorney’s Fees, but Can Avoid Them by Considering Pre-Suit Settlement

  Tendering policy limits to an insured in response to a Notice of Intent to Litigate, under section 627.70152, Florida Statutes (2021), precludes insureds from recovering pre-suit attorney’s fees from their property insurers in a subsequently filed litigation for the same claim. The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently held that plaintiffs are not entitled to attorney’s fees if a...

Welcome Wednesday July 2023

We want to extend a warm welcome to our newest attorneys Ray Ayres, Amy Fuertes, Jamal McBroom, Samantha Wuschke, and Ashley Powell. Click their bios above to learn more about them....

Samantha Wuschke