Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Kathy J. Maus is a Partner at Butler. Starting with the firm in 1991, she is the Partner-in-Charge of the Tallahassee office. Kathy is active in the firm's Bad Faith, First and Third-Party Liability Defense and Insurance Coverage practices, including the areas of construction, employment, bodily injury and catastrophic injury cases, among others.

Before earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Florida State University in 1991, Kathy served as a licensed Commercial Liability Claims Adjuster with a national insurance company, and she draws on this experience for her work.

Kathy is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and a recognized Florida Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage. She is licensed in the State of Florida and in each of Florida's Federal District Courts within the 11th Circuit. She is also licensed to practice in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.  She served as a Board of Director for the Defense Research Institute, The International Association of Defense Counsel, and as President of the Tallahassee Chapter of ABOTA, the Tallahassee Bar Association, and Tallahassee Women Lawyers. Kathy is also a member of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). 


  • Florida


  • DRI's Richard H. Krochock award, 2007


  • Florida State University
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude


  • ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates)
  • American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel (ACCEC)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) - Insurance Law Committee
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers (TWL)
  • Women in the Law Networking Committee


  • Florida Federal Courts
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
September 24, 2018 PUBLICATIONFla. High Court Bolsters Policyholders in Bad Faith Cases

Partner Kathy Maus was featured in a Law360 article titled "Fla. High Court Bolsters Policyholders in Bad Faith Cases".

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August 15, 2011 PUBLICATIONDetermining Coverage In Property Insurance Policies- New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 42

Then addressing a claim for indemnity for the loss or damage to property, counsel will need to determine whether the claimant is a person or entity whose loss is covered under the terms and conditions of the policy at issue.  In a first-party property insurance matter, the issue of whether a claimant has standing to assert a right to benefits...

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April 01, 2011 PUBLICATIONRaising the Roof: What's Hot In Construction Defect Litigation

Kathy J. Maus is a partner with Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, having joined the firm in 1991. Julius F. "Rick" Parker III is a senior associate with the firm, having joined the firm in 2004. Ms. Maus and Mr. Parker both practice in the firm's Tallahassee office and focus their practices on first and third party extracontractual litigation defense, casualty litigation and first and third-party coverage matters. Ms. Maus serves on DRI's Insurance Law Committee Steering Committee and is a past member of DRI's Board of Directors. She is also vice-chair of DRI's upcoming Bad Faith Seminar in Washington, D.C. in June.

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May 27, 2010 PUBLICATIONPerera v. United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co.

In a decision that some may use to attempt to broaden the landscape for third-party bad faith actions, the Florida Supreme Court in Perera v. United Stated Fidelity & Guaranty Co., ___ So. 3d ___, 2010 WL 1791151 (Fla. 2010), held that an excess judgment is not necessarily required in order for a third-party bad faith action to be maintained against an insurer. A third-party bad faith action may in fact be permitted by the courts if the insurer's actions cause damages to the insured or result in exposure to the insured in excess of its policy limits.

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January 01, 2007 PUBLICATIONPushing The Envelope: Exploring The Newest Trends In Bad Faith Exposure In Automobile Cases

In recent years, the term "bad faith" has become a term which may strike terror in the heart of defense attorneys, claims handling professionals and in-house counsel for insurers; and for good reason. An action for bad faith, whether it be "first-party" or "third-party" can and has led to "extra-contractual damages," i.e., damages which are not governed by limits of insurance or other limitations on coverage contained in the insurance contract. Allegations of bad faith attempt to re-write the rules for claims handling in the middle of the game. For this reason, bad faith exposure cannot be actuarially predicted or accurately accounted in the setting of premiums based on the risk presented. It therefore has the potential to cost insurers more than the maximum exposure traditionally presented by a particular risk under a policy with defined limits of coverage. 

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October 24, 2000 PUBLICATIONRaising the Coverage Defense in the Bad Faith Case

In representing insurers in bad faith litigation, from time to time one will find a coverage issue that was not raised in the underlying litigation. The question to be addressed in this article is whether the coverage issue may be raised for the first time as a defense to the bad faith litigation.

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January 01, 2000 PUBLICATIONBad Faith Findings in the Absence of Coverage

Claimants sometimes seek bad faith damages from their insurer even when there is no coverage for the loss or claim. Courts have split on the issue of whether a carrier can be held liable for bad faith when there is no coverage. Courts often analyze this issue differently for first party and third party claims. Whether a claim involves both covered and non ­covered claims also affects the analysis of this issue.

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July 01, 1999 PUBLICATIONStandard of Care in First Party Bad Faith Actions: Is "Fairly Debatable" Fair?

Since the early 1970s, when first-party bad faith actions came into being, a considerable body of law has developed on the standard of care for insurers to avoid liability. In creating and defining such standards, courts have struggled to balance the interests of insureds and insurers. This article is a general review of those decisions and standards.

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Blog Posts


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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October 05, 2016 BLOG POSTEleventh Circuit Affirms Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in UIM Bad Faith Case

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law that had been granted by the Middle District Court of Florida in a uninsured/underinsured motorist (“UIM”) bad faith case.  In Cadle v. GEICO Gen’l Ins. Co., the federal appeals court held that the plaintiff’s failure to provide evidence that she suffered a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability within the statutory cure period was fatal to her bad faith claim against GEICO.

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June 22, 2017 COMMUNITYCTRL 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 commitment to their academics. The winners in each city received a brand-new laptop with a full Microsoft Office Suite installed to assist them in their studies in the fall at their four-year college.

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May 31, 2016 COMMUNITYTallahassee Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Ruth Castro selected as Tallahassee "Step-Up" award winner.

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November 29, 2018 EVENTThe Use and Abuse of Experts

Partner Kathy Maus presented on the topic "The Use and Abuse of Experts" at the DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium on November 29-30. 2018 in New York, NY.

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November 08, 2017 EVENT5th Annual Bad Faith Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit - Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Kathy Maus and David Krouk from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Beth Zaro Green presented in Uncasville, CT at the 5th Annual Bad Faith Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit on the topic of "Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

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November 02, 2017 EVENT2017 DRI Northeast Regional Claims Conference - Bad Faith: Defusing the Fuse

Kathy Maus from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Peter Kochenburger, presented in Hartford, CT at the 2017 DRI Northeast Regional Claims Conference on the topic of "Bad Faith: Defusing the Fuse".

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February 21, 2017 EVENTIADC Midyear Meeting - What has Eight Corners and is Not a Cube? Issues Arising from the Duty to Defend

Kathy Maus from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenters Robin Donoian and Michael A. Hamilton presented in Scottsdale, AZ at the IADC Midyear Meeting on the topic of "What has Eight Corners and is Not a Cube? Issues Arising from the Duty to Defend" on February 21, 2017. 

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Kathy Maus and Pablo Caceres presented at the 87th Annual Meeting & Educational Conference on January 26, 2017 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. On the topic of "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Faith? Spotting the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing".

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September 28, 2016 EVENTWhat Has Eight Corners, but Isn't a Cube? Issues Arising from the Duty to Defend

Southeast Regional Claims Conference 2016

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May 05, 2015 EVENT2015 Bad Faith Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit - Spring Session

Bad Faith across Jurisdictions: Trends & Impacts: Spotlight on Florida

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February 13, 2012 EVENTIADC Midyear Meeting

What's Hot in Construction Defect Litigation

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June 23, 2011 EVENT2011 Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Claims Symposium

2011 Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Claim Symposium for DRI

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March 30, 2011 EVENT2011 DRI Insurance Coverage & Claims Institute

2011 Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute

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August 27, 2020 NEWSRecognizing the Best Lawyers in America

Please join us in congratulating four of our Partners for being recognized on "The Best Lawyers in America" list for 2021.

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December 05, 2019 NEWSButler Sponsors DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium

Butler is proud to be a sponsor for the Defense and Research Institute (DRI) Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium...

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October 16, 2019 NEWSButler Proud to Sponsor 2019 DRI Annual Meeting

Butler is proud to be a sponsor for the Defense and Research Institute (DRI) Annual Meeting on October 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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March 08, 2019 NEWSInternational Women's Day - 2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, we've gathered several of our female attorneys to discuss various important female figures in US history.

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October 08, 2018 NEWSKathy Maus Appointed Vice Chair of the Insurance law Committee

Congratulation to Partner Kathy Maus for being appointed as Vice Chair of the Insurance Law Committee on behalf of the DRI.

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August 17, 2018 NEWSCongratulations to Kathy Maus for Recognition in The Best Lawyers in America 25th Edition

Partner Kathy Maus has been recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This publication is based off of peer review and the evaluations of the country's leading lawyers.

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May 31, 2018 NEWSSuper Lawyers 2018

The 2018 Super Lawyer's List is here, and we're excited to show you our latest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

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March 08, 2018 NEWSInternational Women's Day

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."

-Sheryl Sanberg

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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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September 29, 2014 NEWSSeven Partners Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

Butler is pleased to announce that seven of its Partners were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, a highly regarded directory of attorneys, where inclusion is entirely peer-based and extremely selective.  Fewer than 4% of the nation's attorneys are included.

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November 20, 2012 NEWSKathy Maus - Litigation Counsel of America
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May 01, 2012 NEWSKathy Maus Selected to FAWL's Class of Leaders in the Law

The firm is pleased to announce that Kathy Maus has been selected into the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) 2012 Class of Leaders in the Law.

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July 15, 2011 NEWSKathy Maus is elected to the IADC Board of Directors

The firm is pleased to announce that Kathy J. Maus was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) at its annual meeting in July 2011.

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