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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 | 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…

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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…

Events | PLRB Claims Conference 2022 – Civil Authority Coverage

April 5, 2022 | By K. Clark Schirle

Join Partner Clark Schirle as he presents for the 2022 PLRB Claims Conference in San Antonio, TX on April 5-6, 2022. This presentation will: Identify…

eALERTS, News | Home Easy Recalls Geek Heat Personal Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

February 10, 2022

This recall involves the Home Easy Geek Heat DH-QN06 personal heaters. The Geek Heat logo is printed on the top of the heater near the…

eALERTS, News | Hyundai and Kia Warning For Almost 500,000 Cars

February 9, 2022

Hyundai and Kia are warning owners of almost 500,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to park away from buildings due to a possible defect…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Sifting Through the Ashes

Nov 10, 2021 | By George McMullin

This article is originally co-authored by George McMullin and Andrew Bennett as a publication of CLM, July 2021. Legal opinions may vary when based on…

Publications/ Whitepapers | How Do You Measure Up?

Nov 10, 2021 | By George McMullin

This article was originally co-authored by George McMullin and Kevin Degarmo as a publication of CLM, November 2021. Legal opinions may vary when based on…


November 8, 2021 | By Hobart Hind Jr.

Join Partner Hobie Hind and co-presenters Mark Grotefeld, Jason Schulze, and Kevin Smith as they present “The Great Texas Freeze Claim of 2021 and Subrogation”…


November 9, 2021 | By Scott Katz

Join Managing Partner Scott Katz and co-presenters Justin DeBenedectis, Mike Driscoll, Sheila Dye, Kelly Micheletti, Kim Stafford, and Rob Stern as they present for the…


November 8, 2021 | By Sean Ravenel

Join Partner Sean Ravenel and co-presenter Justin Grammer as they present for the 2021 NASP Annual Conference. This presentation will take place on November 8,…

eALERTS | Gas One Recalls Propane Adapter Hoses Due to Fire Hazard

Sep 20, 2021

This recall involves Gas One 50140 propane adapter hoses which are designed to be used with propane gas tanks. The hose can swell during use causing…

Events | Lots of Roofs, Lots of Problems

October 27, 2021 | By Thomas Keller

Join Partner Thomas Keller as he participates in a panel presenting for the 2021 PLRB Large Loss Conference on October 27-29, 2021 in Tampa, Florida….

News | Disaster at the Treat Factory!

October 27, 2021 | By Hobart Hind Jr.

Join Partner Hobie Hind as he speaks with a panel of experts and insurance representatives on a complex property loss fact pattern at the 2021…

eALERTS, News | Manufacturer New Widetech Recalls Two Million Dehumidifiers

August 6, 2021

Manufacturer New Widetech has recently recalled over two million dehumidifiers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico due to fire and burn hazards. The recalled…

Events | The Transformed Post COVID World: Responding to New Challenges and Higher Expectations for Corporate Legal Teams

October 5, 2021 | By Kathy Maus, Scott Katz

Join Butler Partner Kathy Maus and Butler’s Managing Partner Scott Katz as they participate in a panel discussion with Carin Brock, General Counsel & Vice…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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