Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

When Sarah Burke takes a case, clients reap the benefits of her ability to save them time and money. A Partner in the Tampa office, Sarah specializes in defense of First-Party Property Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual matters. Her genuine interests are client-centric, as was evident when she provided pre-suit legal analysis of a novel and complex, multi-million dollar commercial, multi-layer policy. Her thorough research of the application of hurricane deductible and rigorous analysis of Extra Expense prevented costly litigation of the claim and suit.  Her clients appreciate her responsive and tenacious nature, which is why she was selected to join a defense team handling Assignment of Benefits cases that ultimately resulted in a successful District Court of Appeal decision.

Sarah gets to the heart of the matter by building great client relationships. Years of traveling and living in different cities has exposed her to different cultures and people from all walks of life. Each experience has provided her with a new world perspective, enabling Sarah to read her opponents and strategically negotiate for a favorable result. Clients know that they can depend on Sarah’s genuine interest in their case, and she is always conscientious of her client’s expenses and needs.

A dynamic author, Sarah has contributed to the American Bar Association’s annual Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal on the topic of Business Interruption/Civil Authority. Sarah is also actively involved in the Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) and holds a leadership position on the organization’s Affiliate Board. She is also the Firm liaison for PLRB and coordinates all speaking and attendance decisions for Butler.

With a strong passion for helping others, Sarah eagerly volunteered to serve on the Firm’s Community Service Committee. As a member, Sarah helps in making important community outreach decisions regarding events and funding initiatives that greatly impact those in need. Outside of the Firm, she directs her efforts towards the Humane Society of Tampa Bay where she volunteers walking and socializing the animals so that they can have the best chance at finding loving homes. She also provides donations to help the facility care for the many animals in the shelter.

Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York

Education

  • Emory University
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
April 21, 2017 PUBLICATIONTort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2017

View Bill Lewis, John Garaffa, and Sarah Burke's newest contributions to the ABA's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. This comprehensive PDF explains recent developments in property insurance law.

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April 23, 2010 PUBLICATIONIs a Claim for Breach of Implied Warranty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Distinct from a Bad Faith Action in a First-party Insurance Claim in Florida?

This is one of a series of articles under "Property Insurance Law Committee" originally published in ABA Committee News, Winter 2010

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News

March 12, 2018 NEWSSarah Burke appointed to the Property & Liability Resource Bureau's Affiliate Board

Congratulations to Sarah Burke for being appointed to the Property & Liability Resource Bureau’s Affiliate Board.

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March 08, 2018 NEWSInternational Women's Day

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."

-Sheryl Sanberg

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January 02, 2018 NEWSOUR NEWEST PARTNERS

Join us in celebrating our newest Partners! Congratulations to Sarah Burke, Aaron Jacobs and Jason Seitz!

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Bad Faith
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Coverage - Boiler and Machinery
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Property
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Multi-District Litigation