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Subrogation & Recovery

Butler’s Subrogation/Recovery Department handles complex property and casualty losses of all types. Our subrogation attorneys specialize in and devote their entire practice to Subrogation, working as true partners with our clients.

We are there from the beginning

A key feature of our practice is early involvement in the claim investigation. We make ourselves immediately available to our clients as their “first call” when they learn of a new claim, even before any determination of recovery potential. Our experience lets us accurately anticipate what our clients need at every step, making clients’ recovery job easier. That includes appropriate reporting on files and processing claims as our clients may require. But most importantly, it allows us to better manage the expenses that are invested in subrogation claims, so that resources are properly invested in claims with real recovery potential and not wasted in claims that do not have recovery potential. While we handle most cases on a contingency fee basis, we are always willing to consider alternative fee arrangements.

Gain from our experience

Our experience and singular focus gives us the opportunity to share what we’ve learned with our clients. Our Subrogation attorneys routinely speak to the national professional associations that have an interest in Subrogation.

These Include:

  • The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • The Claims & Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB)
  • The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • The Loss Executives Association (LEA)

Sharing our Knowledge

In addition, our clients frequently ask us to conduct in-house training sessions with front line adjusters and recovery personnel. We believe that sharing what we’ve learned is one of the best ways for us to serve as “partners” with our clients, and to cultivate mutual trust and respect.

eALERTS, News | Generac Recalls Portable Generators Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

Sep 15, 2023

This recall involves Generac Portable Generators type GP15000E, with model numbers G0057341, G0057342, 005734R1, and 005734R2, and type GP17500E, with model numbers G0057351, G0057352, 005735R1,…

eALERTS, News | Engineered Controls International Recalls LP Gas Compact Regulators Due to Fire Hazard

September 8, 2023

This recall involves the RegO 302 Series Compact Regulators with dates codes between 09/22 and 02/23. Regulators with the date code 21/22 are also included…

News | Electrolux Group Recalls Frigidaire Gas Cooktops Due to Risk of Gas Leak

September 1, 2023

This recall involves all Frigidaire Stainless-Steel 30-inch 4 Burner Gas Cooktops (model FFGC3026SS) and Frigidaire Stainless-Steel 36-inch 5 Burner Gas Cooktops (model FFGC3626SS) with control…

eALERTS, News | Gree Recalls 1.56 Million Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

August 18, 2023

This recall involves 42 models of dehumidifiers with brand names Kenmore, GE, SoleusAir, Norpole and Seabreeze, manufactured between January 2011 and February 2014. The dehumidifiers…

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eALERTS, News | Recall of Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Aug 11, 2023

This recall involves Polaris off-road vehicles, Bobcat and Gravely utility vehicles, fuel pump kits, and fuel tank assemblies due to fire hazards. A fuel leak…

eALERTS | American Honda Recalls Portable Generators Due to Fire Hazard

Aug 04, 2023

American Honda recalls portable generators due to fire hazards. This recall involves Honda Portable Generators with model number EU7000is. They are red and gray in…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast S04E05 | Subrogation Success: Evaluating Recoverable Damages

Aug 03, 2023 | By Aaron Jacobs

As subrogation professionals, it is sometimes easy to direct our concentration on the liability issues in each case and to overlook the details associated with…

eALERTS | True Fitness Recalls Showrunner II Consoles Sold with Fitness Equipment Due to Fire Hazard

Jul 28, 2023

This recall involves Showrunner II Consoles with wireless phone chargers.  Product numbers are printed on a label located on the rear console cover at the…

Events | Addressing Coverage and Subrogation Issues When Adjusting a Property Insurance Claim

August 10, 2023 | By T. Nicholas Goanos, Scott Hefner

Join Partner T. Nicholas Goanos and Senior Associate Scott Hefner as they present for the Southern Loss Association’s 31st Annual Property Seminar on August 10,…

eALERTS, News | VRURC Portable Chargers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Jul 07, 2023

This recall involves VRURC portable chargers with model number “OD-B7,” which have built-in cables and a built-in wall plug. The recalled portable chargers can ignite,…

Blog Posts | Thanks to an Unruly Cat, the Tennessee Court of Appeals Reaffirms the Sutton Rule

Jul 05, 2023 | By Scott Hefner

A recent ruling by the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Patton v. Pearson1 upheld the ‘Sutton Rule’ in a subrogation action following a house fire…

eALERTS | Records Players and Speakers recalled due to fire hazard

Jun 30, 2023

The Consumer Safety Product Commission (CSPC) has recalled the items listed. All subrogation professionals should make a note of these recalls. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website…

News | National Subrogation Professionals Day 2023

June 28, 2023

  Today, we recognize the contributions of subrogation professionals around the nation. National Subrogation Professionals Day is a time to appreciate their expertise, dedication, and…

eALERTS | Humidifiers and Ceramic Mugs Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Jun 23, 2023

The Consumer Safety Product Commission (CSPC) has recalled the items listed. All subrogation professionals should make a note of these recalls. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website…

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,…

News | Hurricane Season 2023 Begins

June 15, 2023

With the 2023 Hurricane Season upon us, keep this summer a safe and fun one for your family by staying informed and being prepared over…

Events | Butler Sponsors the 2023 Florida Liability Claims Conference

June 14, 2023

Join us at the highly anticipated 2023 Florida Liability Claims Conference, proudly sponsored by Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig. With the ever-evolving landscape of liability claims,…

News | Ashley Furniture Industries Recalls Party Time Power Loveseats, Sofas and Recliners

Jun 12, 2023

This recall involves Party Time Power Loveseats, Sofas and Recliners. The power loveseats, sofas, and recliners’ cupholders with LED lighting can overheat, posing a fire…

eALERTS | Kell Electronic Recalls Personal Chiller Mini Gamer Refrigerators Due to Burn Hazard

May 19, 2023

This recall involves Personal Chiller Mini Fridge Gamer Beverage Refrigerators with LED Lights.  They have a matte black finish exterior, lighted LED door, and a…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast S04E04 | Florida Shortened Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims

May 15, 2023 | By Aaron Jacobs, Sean Ravenel

On April 13, 2023, and as part of other recent tort reform measures implemented in Florida, Senate Bill 360 was signed into law, which shortened…

eALERTS | Vornado Recalls Steamfast and Brookstone Travel Steam Irons Due to Fire, Burn and Shock Hazards

Apr 28, 2023

This recall involves dual voltage Steamfast brand Home and Away Travel Steam Irons with model numbers SF-717, SF-720 and SF-727 and with date codes between…


Apr 25, 2023 | By Aaron Jacobs, Matthew Peaire

HB 837 was introduced to the Florida House of Representatives on February 15, 2023, and was signed into law on March 24, 2023, by Governor…

Blog Posts | Florida’s Shortened Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims

Apr 19, 2023 | By Sean Ravenel

On April 13, 2023, and as part of other recent tort reform measures implemented in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 360 into law….

eALERTS | Moen Recalls Flo Battery Back-Ups for Flo Smart Water Monitors Due to Fire Hazard

Apr 14, 2023

This recall involves the Flo Smart Water Monitor Lithium-Ion Battery Back-Ups. The Flo Water Monitor Battery Backup device was an optional add-on accessory that could…

eALERTS | Jetson Electric Bikes Recalls 42-Volt Rogue Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Due to Fire Hazard

Mar 31, 2023

This recall involves all 42-volt Jetson Rogue self-balancing scooters/hoverboards. The self-balancing scooters/hoverboards have two wheels with light-up hubcaps and come in the following colors: black,…

Blog Posts | Florida’s Tort Reform and its Impact on Subrogation

Mar 24, 2023 | By Matthew Peaire

HB 837 was introduced to the Florida House of Representatives on February 15, 2023.  The bill went quickly through the House of Representatives and Senate…

eALERTS | Kawasaki Motors USA Recalls Engines Sold on Ferris and SCAG Riding Lawn Mowers Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

Mar 24, 2023

This recall involves Kawasaki engines used in riding lawnmowers sold under the Ferris brand name with mower models IS 700Z ZTR, ISX 800Z ZTR, and…

eALERTS | Docking Stations and Heated Blankets Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Mar 17, 2023

STIHL Incorporated Recalls Docking Stations Sold with STIHL iMOW Robotic Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard This recall involves the docking station supplied with the…

eALERTS | Batteries and Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Mar 10, 2023

Fantasia Trading Recalls Anker Power Banks Due to Fire Hazard This recall involves Anker 535 Mobile Power Banks (PowerCore 20k) with model number A1366. The…

Events | Hurricane Claims: Timing and Trends

March 31, 2023 | By Jason Seitz

Join Partner Jason Seitz as he collaborates with Charles Beshara (Beshara and Associates), Donna Friis (Envista Forensics), and Matt Perkins (Envista Forensics) for the CLM’s one-of-a-kind…

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…

eALERTS, News | Relion Battery Recalls Relion Insight Series Lithium Batteries Due to Thermal Burn and Fire Hazards

March 3, 2023

This recall involves certain lots of the RELiON InSight Series® 48V lithium-ion batteries with, model number 48V030-GC2 and serial number ranges between RB48300020210314057- RB48300020210314729, RB48300020210330001-…

Events | Partner Matthew Lavisky at the 2023 DRI Insurance Roundtable

March 7, 2023 | By Matthew Lavisky

We are pleased to announce that Tampa Partner Matt Lavisky and co-presenter Bonnie Guth (Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.) will present at the DRI Insurance Roundtable….

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast S04E02 | Wind, Water, and Windows: Investigation & Testing of Window Leak Claims

Feb 27, 2023 | By Aaron Jacobs

Join host, Aaron Jacobs and Halliwell Director and Senior Forensic Architect, Roberto Beauchamp, as they discuss the proper methods of investigating claims associated with water…

eALERTS | Paradise Grills Recalls Outdoor Kitchens Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Feb 17, 2023

This recall involves First Generation Paradise Grills Outdoor Kitchens. They can have cabinets, sinks, refrigerators, and other features such as LED lighting, Tiki Huts, commercial…

Events | Butler Proudly Sponsors the NASP 2023 Spring Conference

February 16, 2023

We are proud to be a Diamond Sponsor for the NASP 2023 Spring Conference from February 16-17, 2023. This conference takes place in Amelia Island,…

eALERTS | BISSELL Recalls Cordless Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuums Due to Fire Hazard

Jan 13, 2023

This recall involves BISSELL Cordless Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuum models 2551, 2551W, and 25519. “BISSELL” is printed on the foot of the product. The model…

Events | Holiday Hazards – NEFCO Seminar

December 15, 2022 | By Aaron Jacobs

The Holiday Season is here, but what if the celebrations don’t always bring cheer? On December 15, 2022, Partner, Aaron Jacobs and NEFCO’s National Instructor…

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…

News | Zachary Jett – CSRP Designation

November 14, 2022 | By Zachary Jett

Join us in congratulating Partner Zachary Jett for earning the Certified Subrogation Recovery Professional (CSRP) Designation from the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP). The…


Nov 08, 2022 | By Aaron Jacobs, Matthew Peaire

Join host, Aaron Jacobs and Partner, Matthew Peaire with Butler as they discuss the unique factors and challenges a subrogation professional encounters when investigating a…

Blog Posts | The Made Whole Doctrine is Alive and Well in Virginia

Nov 04, 2022 | By Scott Hefner

While the Virginia Supreme Court has never addressed the made whole doctrine by name, a recent federal district court opinion has declared the made whole…

Events, Webinars | Hurricane Ian Webinar Series Episode 4 – Flood vs. Wind Claims Following Hurricane Ian

October 31, 2022 | By Matthew Lavisky, David Maldoff

Our latest webinar series will inform you on issues that may arise during adjustment of Hurricane Ian claims. In the fourth part of this series,…

Blog Posts | Litigating Tile Roof Claims

Oct 18, 2022 | By Sarah Burke, D. Grayson Kelly

Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida produced an avalanche of property insurance claims throughout the state, the majority of which involved reported damage to roofs.  Though…

Blog Posts | Tips for Investigating Subrogation in Florida Following Hurricane Ian

Oct 14, 2022 | By Matthew Peaire

Hurricane Ian was a devastating storm for southwest Florida. While out in the Gulf of Mexico, it became a high-end category 4 hurricane early on…


November 8, 2022 | By Matthew Peaire

Join Partner Matthew Peaire along with co-presenters Brian Huang and Mike Rimoldi as they present for the NASP 2022 Annual Conference on November 8, 2022….


November 8, 2022 | By Zachary Jett

Join Partner Zachary Jett and co-presenter Zachary Ball as they present for the NASP 2022 Annual Conference on November 6, 2022. This presentation will provide…

Blog Posts | Indiana Rejects Subrogation Waiver Argument Where Contractor Performed Work at the Request of Another

May 12, 2022 | By Geoffrey Waguespack

In U.S. Automatic Sprinkler Corp. v. Erie Insurance Exchange, 21A-CT-580, 2022 WL 906142 (Ind. Ct. App. Mar. 29, 2022), the Indiana Court of Appeals held…

Blog Posts | Doctors, Scientists, & Engineers – Oh My! Changes to Federal Rule 702 are Likely Coming

Mar 30, 2022 | By Scott Hefner

Federal Rule of Evidence 702—Testimony by Expert Witnesses—was promulgated in 1975 when Congress first enacted the Federal Rules of Evidence. Original Rule 702 simply stated…

Blog Posts | Pennsylvania Finds Exception to Anti-Subrogation Rule

Feb 28, 2022 | By Michael Wolfer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently adopted the “no-coverage exception” in Arlet v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. 2022 WL 529350 (Pa. 2022). As most subrogation professionals…

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