Skip to Content

Casualty Defense Litigation

Anchored by a team of experienced litigators, our attorneys have represented both insured and self-insured corporations. Adept in defending our clients in numerous casualty defense claims, we employ innovative strategies and economical means to achieve our clients’ desired result and resolve claims expeditiously.

Categories of claims we have litigated

  • Construction Defects
  • Products Liability
  • Director and Officer’s Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Negligent Security
  • Wrongful Deaths/ Catastrophic Injury
  • No Fault and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • Church and Charitable Organizations’ Liability
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
  • Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Liability
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Toxic Torts (asbestos, mold, silica, pesticides and industrial chemicals)
  • Trucking Accidents and Cargo Claims

Our Methodology and Approach

We’re first to investigate and evaluate cases, putting our clients at ease, and guiding client’s through the decision making process of settling or trying a case. Establishing our clients’ goals with the right perspective and method is the key to designing a strategy that is founded in our clients’ best interests. We ask the important questions and engage with our clients – asking them how they measure success, and their reasonable timeline and the budget goals for getting there. Then we make it happen.

When a case isn’t appropriate for alternative dispute resolution, we work closely with our clients to prepare for trial. Our experience and tenacity as trial attorneys many times helps resolve a case before trial saving our clients time and money.

Events | Using Probate and Guardianship to Prevent Failure to Settle

June 7, 2024 | By David Krouk

Join us at the FDLA 2024 Florida Liability Claims Conference for an insightful presentation by Tampa Partner David Krouk and co-presenter Jesus O. Valentino (Valentino…

Blog Posts, News | As The Pip World Turns: Insurance Carriers Do Not Have To Pay 100% Of The Billed Amounts Under Section 627.736, Florida Statutes

May 07, 2024 | By Kathy Maus, J. Blake Hunter

A plethora of litigation exists in Florida’s state and federal courts regarding the amounts an insurance carrier must reimburse a medical provider for personal injury…

Blog Posts, News | One or More Accidents or Occurrences – That is The Question – Redux

March 6, 2024 | By J. Blake Hunter

Several years ago, I published a blog regarding the number of occurrences triggered under a liability policy for a motor vehicle accident in Florida. Other…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Partner Michael Savett Quoted in Law 360 Article

Nov 03, 2023 | By Michael Savett

Philadelphia Partner Michael Savett was recently quoted in a Law 360 article titled “Del. Captive D&O Coverage Rules Just One Factor In Adoption,” discussing recent…

Show More

Events | Statutory Round-Up: New York Insurance Disclosure Rules

December 5, 2023 | By Michael Savett

Join Philadelphia Partner Michael Savett as he speaks on New York State’s recently enacted insurance disclosure rules at the 2023 Construction Defect Claims ExecuSummit on…

News | Senior Associate Abraham Shakfeh Appointed to Chair of FDLA Premises Liability Committee

August 31, 2023 | By Abraham Mohammad Shakfeh

Join us in congratulating Tampa Senior Associate Abraham Shakfeh for being appointed Chair of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) Premises Liability Committee. His experience…

News | Welcome New Philadelphia Partner Michael Savett

July 12, 2023 | By Michael Savett

Join us in giving a warm welcome to our newest Partner in the Philadelphia office, Michael Savett!  Michael Savett represents domestic and London market insurers…

Events | Complex Bodily Injury and Wrongful Death Claims

March 20, 2023 | By David Krouk

Join Partner David Krouk as he presents “Complex Bodily Injury and Wrongful Death Claims” at the PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo on March…

Events | Catastrophic Losses – Insight into the Surfside Condominium Collapse Litigation

December 8, 2022 | By Kathy Maus

Join Partner Kathy Maus and co-presenter Ilana B. Olman (Segal McCambridge) as they present for the 2022 DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium. This event…

Events | Butler Proudly Sponsors DRI 2022 Annual Meeting

October 26, 2022 | By J. Pablo Cáceres, Kathy Maus, Matthew Lavisky

We are proud to be a sponsor for the DRI 2022 Annual Meeting. This event takes place from October 25-28, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA. Partners…

Blog Posts | Sexual Assault Is Not A Professional Service

Sep 23, 2022 | By J. Blake Hunter

Not many cases in Florida analyze Professional Services Exclusions in general liability policies.  However, on September 16, 2022, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals released…

News, Spotlights | Attorney Spotlights – Paola Solano

September 19, 2022

Paola Solano is a Senior Associate at Butler based in the Miami office and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Paola focuses her practice…

Events | Selection, Use and Management of Expert Witnesses

February 8, 2022 | By William Linero Jr.

Partner William Linero and co-presenter Dan Lazaro (Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney) are presenting a webinar for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance on February 8,…


Apr 06, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the state of Florida, and the country, in ways that were unimaginable one year ago. The pandemic has taken a…

News | Kathy Maus | DRI Insurance Law Committee Chair

Nov 23, 2020 | By Kathy Maus

Join us in congratulating Partner Kathy Maus for being named Chair for the DRI Insurance Law Committee. As Committee Chair, Kathy ensures that ILC members…


Nov 13, 2020 | By Ryan Garrett, David Krouk

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently released two opinions involving multiple liability claims against an insured with insufficient policy limits.  Both cases involved appeals…

Blog Posts | Nevada Division Of Insurance Issues Notice To Property And Casualty Insurers Disallowing New Exclusions Related To Covid-19, Viruses, Or Pandemics

Jun 25, 2020 | By Jonathan Barger

ON JUNE 16, 2020, THE NEVADA DIVISION OF INSURANCE (“NVDOI”) ISSUED A NOTICE TO PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURERS regarding the disallowance of new exclusions related…

Blog Posts | Passive Negligence and Common Law Indemnity

Mar 16, 2020

BROTHER’S PAINTING & PRESSURE CLEANING CORP. V. CURRY-DIXON CONSTRUCTION, LLC ET AL. 45 Fla. L. Weekly D259b Third District Court of Appeals This matter stemmed…

Blog Posts | Seeing May Soon be Believing: The Possible Expansion of Summary Judgment in Florida with Respect to Dash Camera Footage

Oct 29, 2019 | By Abraham Mohammad Shakfeh

Many transportation companies use dash cameras for purposes of defending against actions for liability. However, recently in Lopez v. Wilsonart, LLC, 275 So. 3d 831 (Fla….

Publications/ Whitepapers | How Amazon Disrupted Product Liability

Oct 28, 2019 | By Michael Wolfer

This article is originally a publication of Property Casualty 360 on October 28, 2019. Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved….

Blog Posts | Phenomenon or Pandemic: Pondering the Potential Legal Implications of the E-scooter Craze

Jul 19, 2019 | By William Linero Jr.

On July 12, 2019, YouTube celebrity Emily Hartridge died from injuries she sustained in a collision between an electric scooter (“e-scooter”) she was riding and…

Blog Posts | The Final Word? The Florida Supreme Court Adopts the Daubert Standard for Evidence

May 29, 2019 | By J. Blake Hunter

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…

Blog Posts | Unsuccessfully Using Requests for Admissions as a Sword for Attorney’s Fees

Apr 15, 2019 | By J. Blake Hunter

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…

Blog Posts, Court Decisions | Lee Memorial Health System V. Progressive Select Insurance Company

Oct 25, 2017 | By Joshua Golembe

Facts The case arises from an automobile accident when Ruben Gallegos was struck by a car and injured. Mr. Gallegos received hospital care from the…

Blog Posts | New Medicare Conditional Payment Case: Federal Court Requires Cms to Perform Surgery on its Primary Plan Reimbusement Demands

Feb 27, 2017

Doctors often treat Medicare beneficiaries for accident-related injuries (for which a “primary” auto or workers’ compensation carrier must reimburse Medicare) and unrelated maladies at the…

Blog Posts | Trial Court Slips and Falls in Granting Motion for New Trial

Dec 06, 2016

On October 21, 2016, Florida’s Second DCA issued a decision in a slip-and-fall case against Wal-Mart that found the trial court erred when it set…

Blog Posts, Court Decisions | Florida Supreme Court Strengthens use of Proposals for Settlement by Plaintiffs Seeking Attorney Fees Against Defendants with Joint and Several Liability

Nov 03, 2016 | By Brian Webb

Anderson v. Hilton Hotels Corp., Case No. SC15—124, 2016 WL 6538663 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016). Significance The Florida Supreme Court today strengthened a plaintiff’s ability…

Blog Posts | What the Second District Giveth, The Supreme Court Taketh Away

Nov 02, 2015

Florida Supreme Court rules that evidence of future Medicare or Medicaid benefits is not admissible as an exception to the Collateral Source Rule  Overview On…

Blog Posts | Florida’s 4th DCA Enforces Limit on Expert Discovery

Oct 22, 2015

Inconsistencies between the defense expert’s interrogatory answers and his deposition testimony regarding the percentage of income the doctor derived from working as an expert witness,…

Blog Posts | Southern District of Florida Awards Duplicate Medicare Lien Payment

Jun 04, 2015 | By Ryan Garrett

In a puzzling decision on the resolution of Medicare liens entered on March 16, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of…

Blog Posts | Sports Laws Focusing More and More on Youth Sports

Jul 24, 2014 | By Michael Montgomery

Youth sports have become a year-round, multi-million dollar industry. From travel teams to club ball, to off-season workouts, the concept of youth sports has changed…

Casualty Defense Litigation