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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.

Events | Fire Effects and Fire Patterns: Impacts in a Subrogation Investigation

August 13, 2021 | By Jessica Skarin

Join Partner Jessica Skarin and co-presenters John Bull (North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company), Michael Driscoll (Envista Forensics), and Katherine Sandoval (Matthiesen, Wickert &…

Events | Roof Collapse Investigations and Causes

July 21, 2021 | By Sean Ravenel

Sean Ravenel, Of Counsel, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP and Justin Grammer, P.E., District Manager presented the one-hour continuing education webinar, “Roof Collapse – Investigation…

Events | BANG Goes the Retrofit! Pursuing Subrogation Claims Involving LED Retrofits with a Ballast

July 13, 2021 | By Zachary Jett

Partner Zachary Jett and co-presenter Michael Custer (Kilgore Engineering) presented for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) July 2021 Webinar on July 13, 2021….

eALERTS | Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke Alarms

May 11, 2021

Kidde recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms due to risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. This recall involves Kidde TruSense…

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Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast S03E02 | Hey Google! Where did the fire start?

Apr 29, 2021 | By Aaron Jacobs

Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung and numerous other manufacturers have “Smart Home” devices that may be found in an estimated 175 million homes worldwide.  Join host,…

eALERTS | Metal Ware Recalls NESCO Coffee Bean Roasters Due to Fire Hazard

Apr 23, 2021

The recall involves Model CR-04-13 Coffee Bean Roasters with a date code of 2520 or 3220 printed at the bottom right of the ETL Intertek…

Blog Posts | Where Have You Driven a Ford Lately? Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court

Apr 15, 2021 | By Scott Hefner

Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has had a reputation as very pro-business.  Late last month, however, the Court handed consumers a rare…

Blog Posts | New Hampshire Confirms Sutton Doctrine Applies to College Dormitories

Mar 23, 2021 | By Thomas Burgess, Jr.

The determination of whether a tenant is also a coinsured under the landlord’s policy ultimately comes down to the language in the lease and relationship…

eALERTS, News | HD Hudson Recalls Battery-Powered Sprayers Due to Fire Hazard

Mar 19, 2021

This recall involves illu-Mist 40001 one-gallon & 40002 two-gallon battery-powered garden sprayers. The sprayer’s lithium-ion battery can overheat, posing a fire hazard. This recall is…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast S03E01 | Subrogation at Sea

Feb 16, 2021 | By Aaron Jacobs

Get ready to sail the high seas with Butler Partner and host, Aaron Jacobs and co-host, Craig Sylvester with Jensen Hughes, as they discuss the…

Events | Roof Collapse – Investigation and Causes

March 18, 2021 | By Sean Ravenel

Partner Sean Ravenel and co-presenter Justin Grammer (Rimkus) presented “Roof Collapse – Investigation and Causes” for the Atlanta Claims Adjuster’s Association Meeting on March 18,…

Blog Posts | Butler Feature | LinkedIn Pages

Feb 09, 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new LinkedIn showcase pages. Our showcase pages are an extension of Butler’s practice area pages and…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast | Holiday Havoc “Fireplace & Chimney Fire Losses”

Dec 23, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs, Thomas Burgess, Jr.

The Holiday Season is here, but what if the celebrations don’t always bring cheer? Host Aaron Jacobs presents the “Holiday Havoc” series featured on Butler’s…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast | Holiday Havoc “Christmas Tree & Light Fires”

Dec 21, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs, Thomas Burgess, Jr.

The Holiday Season is here, but what if the celebrations don’t always bring cheer? Host Aaron Jacobs presents the “Holiday Havoc” series featured on Butler’s…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast | Holiday Havoc “Cooking Fires”

Dec 16, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs, Thomas Burgess, Jr.

The Holiday Season is here, but what if the celebrations don’t always bring cheer? Host Aaron Jacobs presents the “Holiday Havoc” series featured on Butler’s…

Blog Posts | Sparking Subrogation Recoveries by Investigating Electrostatic Discharge as the Cause of Fires and Explosions

Dec 03, 2020 | By Geoffrey Waguespack

As far back as 600 BC, the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, Thales of Miletus, observed that, when amber was rubbed against fur, it would…

Blog Posts | North Carolina Settlements: Unsigned, Sealed, and Delivered

Dec 02, 2020 | By Scott Hefner

Covid-19 has turned mediations on their head.  The parties are no longer together in well-appointed conference rooms trying to work out their differences.  Instead, they…

eALERTS, News | Ring Recalls Video Doorbells (2nd Generation) Due to Fire Hazard

Nov 11, 2020

This recall involves Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation), model number 5UM5E5 smart doorbell cameras. The video doorbells have a blue ring at the front and…

eALERTS, News | Coulter Ventures Recalls Rogue Home Timers Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Rogue Fitness

Nov 05, 2020

Coulter Ventures recalls Rogue Home Timers due to fire hazard; sold exclusively at Rogue Fitness. This recall involves the Rogue Home Timer. The timer is…

Events | Subrogation is Like Picking a Puppy: The Best Claims Don’t Always Jump on You and Lick Your Face

November 5, 2020 | By Jason Lowe

Subrogation potential is not always the eager puppy of the litter who runs to you and jumps into your arms, covering you with an excess…

eALERTS, News | Schneider Electric Recalls Surgeloc™ Surge Protection Devices Due to Fire Hazard

Oct 30, 2020

This recall involves Schneider Electric Surgeloc Surge Protection Devices. The 3-wire and 4-wire devices are primarily installed in commercial/industrial applications and may include some residential…

Events | I’ve Heard It Both Ways: A Debate Regarding What Subrogation Practices Really Are “Best” Practices

November 4, 2020 | By Jessica Skarin

Partner Jessica Skarin and co-presenters Vivian Conley, Dustin Looser, and Annette Tarquinio presented for the 2020 CLM Virtual Focus Conference. Read a summary of the…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Who Has Priority Over My Recovery? – An Overview of the Made Whole Doctrine

Oct 13, 2020 | By Jessica Skarin

This article was originally published in the Southern Loss Association (SLA) October 2020 Newsletter. Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All…

eALERTS, News | MWE Investments Recalls Westinghouse Portable Generators Due to Fire Hazard

Sep 18, 2020

This recall involves Westinghouse WGen5300DFv Dual Fuel Portable Generators and Westinghouse iGen4500DF Dual Fuel Inverter Portable Generators with manufacture dates from October 2019 through December…

Events, Webinars | Butler Presents COVID-19 Insurance Litigation Update / Forensic Investigation of Subrogation Claims During COVID-19

October 1, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs, K. Clark Schirle

  Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig, LLP, presented a 1-hour webinar on Covid-19 and property insurance policies. Butler partner Clark Schirle discussed coverage issues. He provided…

eALERTS, News | Royal Gourmet Recalls Deluxe Gas Grills Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Wayfair.com

Sep 11, 2020

This recall involves Royal Gourmet Patio 2-Burner deluxe gas grills. It has a porcelain cast iron firebox that houses two stainless steel burners. The grill’s…

Blog Posts | Amazon: Primed for Trouble?

Sep 04, 2020 | By Scott Hefner

Amazon recently suffered a loss when a California appellate court found that Amazon could be held strictly liable for defective products sold by third parties…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast | The ABC’s of RCV and ACV

Sep 03, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs

Oftentimes, third-party liability adjusters will refuse to pay the full amount of the “Repair Cost Value” (“RCV”) of the damages included in the subrogation demand,…

eALERTS, News | Pier 1 Recalls Three-Wick Halloween Candles Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Aug 20, 2020

This recall involves Pier 1 Imports’ three-wick Halloween candles in the scents ‘Scary Black Cherry’ and ‘Death by Chocolate.’ The candle’s high flames can ignite…

eALERTS, News | Intertex Recalls Blowers Due To Fire Hazard

Aug 13, 2020

This recall involves several models of centrifugal and axial blowers sold under the B-Air, BlueDri, BlueDri Pro and Soleaire brands.  Each blower has convenience outlets…

Blog Posts | Made Whole Doctrine Does Not Apply To Deductibles in New Jersey

Jul 23, 2020 | By Scott Katz

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently held that the made whole doctrine does not apply to deductibles or self-insured retentions.  In City of Asbury…

Blog Posts | Arbitration: An Effective Means To An End During Covid-19

Jul 15, 2020 | By Thomas Burgess, Jr.

These critical times of isolation and social distancing have proved to be difficult on many areas of the economy. The legal industry is certainly no…

eALERTS, News | REPUBLIC WIRELESS RECALLS RELAY CHARGING CABLES DUE TO OVERHEATING AND BURN HAZARDS

Jun 22, 2020

This recall only applies to cables sold with some Relay devices and cables sold separately from May 2018 through May 2019.  Affected charging cables do not…

eALERTS, News | REXAIR RECALLS TO REPAIR RAINBOW SRX VACUUMS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

Jun 22, 2020

This recall only covers the Rainbow SRX water-based filtration vacuum cleaner with model number RHCS19 Type 120 and a Serial Number that falls within the…

Blog Posts | IS AMAZON A SELLER? AN ISSUE PRIMED FOR STATE COURTS

Jun 19, 2020 | By Michael Wolfer

The tide is turning as another federal court declares that Amazon is responsible for third-party products purchased on its website. On January 7, 2020, the…

Blog Posts | The Made Whole Rule On The Forefront Of A Whole Lot Of Litigation

May 27, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs

The Made Whole Rule and the handling of the insured’s deductible and uninsured losses alongside the subrogation claim remain ever-present topics of discussion amongst subrogation…

Videos | Butler’s Thursday Tips #6 | Made-Whole Rule

May 21, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs

Join us for this week’s Thursday Tip as Partner Aaron Jacobs discusses the Made-Whole Rule in Subrogation law. #ButlerLegal #ThursdayTips #ThursdayThoughts

eALERTS, News | Garia Recalls Golf & Courtesy Electric Vehicles Due To Fire Hazard

May 18, 2020

This recall involves Garia model year 2010-2019 golf and courtesy battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV’s). The models involved are as follows: Golf, Golf 2+2, Courtesy 4…

eALERTS, News | Epson Recalls Power Adapters Sold With Epson Scanners Due To Burn And Fire Hazards

May 04, 2020

This recall involves the power adapter sold with Epson V-series (V30/V33/V37/V300/V330/V370) scanners. The recalled adapters are black with a power cord that connects to the…

Videos | Butler’s Thursday Tips #4 | Staying Organized

Apr 30, 2020

Attorney Shaheen Nouri offers some tips on staying on top of cases for First-Party Coverage and Extra-Contractual matters. Stay tuned to find out more helpful…

Podcasts | Subro Sense Podcast | Forensic Investigation Of Subrogation Claims During Covid-19

Apr 28, 2020 | By Aaron Jacobs

Like all other aspects of life, the forensic investigations of existing and new subrogation claims has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Mechanical…

Videos | Butler’s Thursday Tips #3 | Handling Business Loss Claims

Apr 23, 2020 | By Jessica Skarin

  Partner Jessica Skarin offers some tips on dealing with business loss claims for subrogation attorneys. Stay tuned to find out more helpful tips! #ButlerLegal #COVID19 #ThursdayTips #ThursdayThoughts

eALERTS, News | Southern Motion Recalls “Wireless Power” Reclining Furniture Due to Fire Hazard

Apr 06, 2020

This recall involves “Wireless Power” reclining furniture powered by lithium-ion batteries. The batteries are installed internally as an optional equipment upgrade in custom configurable reclining…

eALERTS, News | Stelpro Design Recalls Sonoma Wall Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

Apr 06, 2020

This recall involves ASSO and ASSOS Sonoma wall fan heaters.  The heaters are white, with the Stelpro name on the front. Only heaters with version…

eALERTS, News | Hawthorne Hydroponics Recalls Grower’s Edge Vaporizers Due to Burn, Shock and Fire Hazard

Mar 20, 2020

This recall involves the Deluxe and Commercial models of the Grower’s Edge Vaporizer sold by Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC for use in hydroponic growing. The Deluxe…

eALERTS, News | American Honda Recall of Portable Generators Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Mar 18, 2020

This recall involves Honda EB2200i, EU2200i, EU2200i Companion and EU2200i Camo portable generators. The recalled portable generators were sold with a red or Camo cover. The…

eALERTS, News | Lennox Industries Recalls Ductless Heat Pumps Due to Fire Hazard

Mar 02, 2020

This recall involves three models of Lennox Ductless Single-Zone or Multi-Zone heat pumps. The model and serial numbers can be found on the nameplate on…

eALERTS, News | Star Water Systems Recalls Sump Pumps Due to Fire Hazard

Feb 10, 2020

This recall involves pedestal sump pumps that are used in residential de-watering.  The sump pumps are sold under three brand names: Utilitech, Do It and…

Publications/ Whitepapers | The Top 100 Ways To Build A Winning Recovery Case: Effective Claims Management Of Subrogation Cases

Jan 29, 2020 | By Dean Rauchwerger

If you would like to discuss this topic further, please contact Dean Rauchwerger or directly 312-462-9147.

Subrogation & Recovery