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Arson & Fraud

It must be acknowledged that humans are fallible and sometimes make bad, even catastrophic, decisions. They commit acts from which consequences must flow. Sometimes those decisions and acts involve the creation and submittal of false and fraudulent insurance claims for property damage.

Counsel you can trust

From the beginning we had a specialty—advising and helping property insurers, commercial and personal lines make the right decision on suspicious claims. That meant involving our attorneys early in investigations:

  • To help select fire science or other forensic experts;
  • To take examinations under oath where warranted;
  • To review all available evidence bearing on a claim decision and;
  • To give advice on the legal principles governing that decision

When the right decision turned out to be denial of claim, we were prepared to defend it if need be. Our attorneys have tried arson and fraud cases to jury verdicts in every Federal court having jurisdiction in Florida, and many State Circuit Courts, with great success.

Ready to defend you from fraudulent claims

To this day the analysis of suspicious claims, and the defense of arson and insurance fraud lawsuits, occupies a central place in the firm’s array of expertise. But, again, what cannot be overstressed is the importance of involving counsel as soon as there is an articulate suspicion about the validity of a claim. It is essential to reaching a correct decision and a successful outcome. We stand on call.

News | William Collum Appointed FACAP President

February 28, 2024 | By William Collum

We’re thrilled to announce that Tampa Partner, William Collum, has been appointed President of FACAP (Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention)! William started with FACAP…

News | Butler Sponsors the 2023 Western Florida Educational and Networking Event

June 22, 2023

Butler is proud to be a sponsor for the CLM’s 2023 Western Florida Educational and Networking Event taking place in Tampa, FL, on June 22,…

Events | The Fire Protection Engineer’s Role in Large Loss Fire Investigations

March 15, 2023 | By Zachary Jett

Partner Zachary Jett, along with co-panelists Michael Buster (Arc Forensic), Jamie Lord (Reax Engineering), and Phillip Fouts (The Fouts Group), will be a panelist for…

Events | A Sherlock Holmesian Approach to Investigations: Methods and Strategies for Modern-Day Investigative Inquiries

June 9, 2022 | By William Collum

Join Partner William Collum as he presents for the 2022 FIFEC Conference on June 9, 2022. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective Sherlock Holmes baffled…

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News | Partner William Collum Appointed FACAP Vice President

Mar 02, 2022 | By William Collum

Join us in congratulating Partner William Collum for being appointed as Vice President for the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP). Founded in 1975…

News | Butler Proudly Sponsors FACAP 2022 Annual Seminar

March 2, 2022

Butler is proud to be a sponsor for the 2022 FACAP Annual Seminar taking place on March 2-4, 2022 in Ocala, FL. This two-and-a-half day…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Fraud Squad. The Role Of Mediation In Settling Fraud Disputes

Jun 01, 2014

Alternative dispute resolution in a fraud dispute is a unique beast. The parties begin diametrically opposed horns locked in a fight to the death. Emotionally…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Investigation: Fraud Squad. Keys To Good Faith Fraud Referrals

Aug 01, 2013

The following article was originally published in CLM’s Claims Management magazine, August 2013. Unlike robbery, grand theft auto, and other street crimes, insurance fraud is…

Arson & Fraud