Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Blake Hunter’s proactive approach to law creates a deeply rooted attorney-client synergy that cannot be denied. A Senior Associate in the Tallahassee office, Blake focuses his practice on Casualty Defense Litigation, Extra-Contractual Claims, Employment Law and Third-Party Coverage. Blake has experience mediating injury liability cases and obtained a recent summary judgment on a trip and fall case that occurred at a church.  Additionally, he’s represented an insurance company that sued a subcontractor’s insurance carrier as an additional insured for subrogation and obtained defense costs along with fees. Blake also handles construction defect claims including mold remediation repairs and has favorably settled several of these case types at mediation. Quick thinking and commitment to his clients help Blake to stay balanced and achieve the desired results of his clients.

Blake has a wide variety of interests outside of work. From traveling the world, playing with his rescue dog, and enjoying concerts, his healthy work-life balance enables him to connect with his clients, concentrate on their goals and counter the opposition seamlessly. Clients often comment on Blake’s dedication to arguing their position and his readiness to jump on any new developments that comes their way.

A published author, Blake contributed to the Lexis Nexis Practice Guide on Florida Insurance Litigation and on Mealey’s Litigation Report regarding Insurance Bad Faith. He enjoys doing research on behalf of the clients and his proactive research helps keep them up–to-date at every turn of their case.

It’s no secret that Blake enjoys rolling up his sleeves in order to better the lives around him. He can be found building houses for the Habitat for Humanity, and bringing in donations for the Humane Society on his days off. During the holiday season, he especially loves ringing jingle bells outside of stores in order to raise money for his local Salvation Army.  He’s also known to spread some holiday cheer to children in the area by providing them with gifts and necessities via the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Blake knows the true meaning of Service at Butler and lives by example every day.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • Furman University
    Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
September 20, 2017 PUBLICATIONFlorida Insurance Litigation (2017 Edition)

LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Insurance Litigation provides the practitioner with immediate access to knowledge and strategy on every aspect of insurance practice in Florida. The publication concisely presents the terms, conditions and exclusions that govern coverage offered against the risks under each line of insurance. This approach provides a comprehensive exploration of key concepts, policy language and insight for litigation of common and esoteric disputes under those policies. Each chapter also provides task-oriented checklists, examples, strategic points, and cross-references to governing statutory and case law.

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September 28, 2015 PUBLICATIONKeep The Faith: Whether The Attorney-Client Privilege Applies In Third-Party Bad Faith Actions

One of the most rapidly developing issues in Florida and in courts around the country is whether the attorney-client privilege can be relied on by an insurer in a third-party bad faith action. The attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest confidential communication privileges in Florida.

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Blog Posts

May 29, 2019 BLOG POSTThe Final Word? The Florida Supreme Court Adopts the Daubert Standard for Evidence

Prior to 1993, federal and state courts used the standard enunciated in Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923), to determine whether scientific evidence should be admitted at a trial.  The Frye standard requires the offeror of the evidence to establish that the expert opinion is based on principles and testing procedures that are generally accepted by the scientific community.  The standard only applies to new and novel scientific evidence.

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April 15, 2019 BLOG POSTUnsuccessfully Using Requests for Admissions as a Sword for Attorney's Fees

As a defense attorney practicing in the areas of auto accidents, premises liability, and products liability cases, I observe plaintiff’s counsel serving my clients with requests for admission, asking for improbable admissions.  The requests often ask my clients to admit that they were negligent in causing the accident, failed to provide sufficient security or training to prevent a criminal act against a customer or tenant, failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent a slip and fall or make a product safe, and that such negligence was a proximate cause of plaintiff’s claimed damages. 

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August 09, 2017 BLOG POSTTO FEE OR NOT TO FEE, THAT IS THE QUESTION: THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT FINDS COVERAGE FOR PROPOSAL FOR SETTLEMENT SANCTIONS IN FAVOR OF THE PLAINTIFF UNDER AN AUTOMOBILE LIABILITY POLICY IN MACEDO II

Due to its holding in Macedo II, the Florida Supreme Court created a situation where, arguably, many auto policies now provide coverage for attorney’s fees and expenses awarded against an insured following an adverse verdict triggering the penalties under a proposal for settlement.

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