Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Cory J. Person, Esq. is a Partner with our Tampa office, practicing in the firm’s complex Liability and Labor and Employment practice groups. Cory has extensive experience defending businesses, religious and charitable organizations and individuals in matters arising from claims of premises liability, negligent security, product liability, construction defect, automobile negligence, and claims brought against employers pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act.

For the past three years, Cory has served as a Board Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He served as the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) and was a member of GEBA’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2016.  Cory is a member of the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and currently serves as chair of the Committee’s Judicial Nominating Commission Outreach sub-committee.  In addition, Cory serves as the Membership co-chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Labor & Employment Committee, a Board Director for the Bay Area Legal Services Development Council, and the Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation.

Cory graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Political Science and received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.  During law school, Cory served as president of the UNC Broun National Trial Team and UNC Trial Law Academy, and was Managing Editor of the UNC First Amendment Law Review.

Prior to law school, Cory served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Among the awards Cory received for his service are the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.


  • Methodist University
    Bachelor of Science
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • U.S. District Courts (Middle & Northern District of Florida)
May 21, 2018 PUBLICATIONJudicial Nominating Procedures: Moving in the Right DIrection

Partner Cory Person was the Guest Editor for The Florida Bar Journal for the June 2018 edition.

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January 01, 2015 PUBLICATIONA Legacy That Lasts: George E. Edgecomb

In Florida, one becomes accustomed to the sight of bridges. Indeed, bridges are everywhere across our fair state, allowing travelers to cross expanses of water, vast or small, to arrive at our intended destination. Rarely noticed or noted are those who came before to build the bridge, across which so many have traveled. Every so often, however, a bridge is built so exceedingly well that its builder must be etched in history. Such is the case of the late Honorable George E. Edgecomb.

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Blog Posts

October 15, 2015 BLOG POSTMarried to the Church: Potential Implications of Obergefell in the Context of Religious Discrimination

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges [1] may have far reaching implications in the world of religious organizations opposed to same-sex marriage. 

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April 06, 2015 BLOG POSTThe Implications of Another Final Four: Northwestern Football, the NCAA, the NLRB & The College Athletes Players Association

It’s that time of year, again, when we have all been whipped into frenzy over Cinderella tales, upsets, and historic feats. Of course, for those of us with ties to Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Maryland, the next few days have prove even more fanatical. It is difficult to watch these very talented young athletes, who have obviously spent hours upon hours training over years of honing their skills, without thinking “should these kids be considered employees for all of the extra time they...

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February 25, 2015 BLOG POSTThe Case of the Millennial Juror

As Employment Litigators, we are always mindful of the varied perspectives, cultural backgrounds and potential biases that individuals may bring with them to the jury box, and later, to their deliberations. This is particularly true today, when individual perspectives are shaped so drastically by social media and the 24 hour news cycle. I recently came across an article entitled “Your Jury Box In the 21st Century”[1] that provided great insight into the mind of a very specific type of juror – the oft terror inducing “Millennial Juror.”...

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On April 14, 2012, Butler was a platinum sponsor of the Annual HCBA Diversity Picnic. Butler has been an active sponsor of this event since 2009.  The HCBA Diversity Picnic's goal is to bring Florida's minority law students to Tampa's Stetson Law School to learn first-hand about the professional opportunities in the Tampa Bay area. The event is modeled after a very successful Minority Mentoring Picnic held every year in Miami.  Special thanks to Butler attendees Erica Williams, Cory Person, Diane Barnes-Reynolds, Jennifer Fenn, Andrea Baldwin, and Christina Fears. 

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October 04, 2017 EVENT2017 DRI Annual Meeting - Sex, Drugs, and… Immigration: Hot Topics in Employment Law and Beyond

Cory Person from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenters Brendan D. Benson and Marie Trimble Holvick presented in Chicago, IL at 2017 DRI Annual Meeting on the topic of "Sex, Drugs, and… Immigration: Hot Topics in Employment Law and Beyond".

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June 28, 2018 NEWSCory Person named Florida Trend's Legal Elite in Insurance for 2018

The Florida Legal Elite is an annual recognition issued by the Florida Trend. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys with whom they hold the highest regards. The entire list represents only 1.2 percent of active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida!

Partner Cory Person was named one of Florida Trend's Legal Elite in Insurance for 2018. Congratulations on this great honor, Cory!

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February 13, 2018 NEWS2018 Hillsborough County Bar Association's Annual Diversity Networking Social

Every year, we are excited to sponsor the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Networking Social.  This HCBA Tampa Bay event allows us to meet up-and-coming law students and new lawyers with diverse backgrounds. 

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June 29, 2017 NEWSThe 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:

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June 08, 2017 NEWSCory Person elected to serve as a Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association!

Congratulations to Partner Cory Person! He was elected to serve as a Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) for a second term. Cory served as the HCBA Secretary from 2014 to 2015. He was then elected as a HCBA Director in 2015 and served for two years. His re-election for the 2017 term is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the HCBA.

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July 09, 2014 NEWSCory Person appointed as secretary of the Hillsborough County Bar Association

The firm is pleased to announce that Cory has been appointed as Secretary of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Please join us in congratulating him on this well deserved role.

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June 01, 2012 NEWSCory Person Elected President of GEBA

The firm is pleased to announce that Cory Person was elected President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) for a one-year term beginning August 1, 2012.

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April 30, 2012 NEWSCory Person wins GEBA's President's Award for Service

The firm is pleased to announce that Cory Person has won the George Edgecomb Bar Association's (GEBA) President's Award for Service for 2011-2012.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Church Organizations
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Employment Law
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • General Liability - Coverage