Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

An Associate at Butler, Suzanne J. DeCopain practices in our Coverage Defense department. Suzanne has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2009 and is based in our Tampa office. She is admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida.

Before joining Butler, Suzanne served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit for three years. During her time there, she gained significant jury and bench trial experience. Suzanne also has experience in landlord/tenant matters for public housing authorities.

While prosecuting, Suzanne taught as an Adjunct Professor at her undergraduate school, Florida Gulf Coast University. Since moving to Tampa, Suzanne became active with various bar associations including the George Edgecomb Bar Association and has held various positions. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Diversity Access Pipeline and also serves as the Learn Your Legal Rights Community Workshop chair. She was selected as the 2019 recipient of the GEBA Young Lawyers Award for her upstanding work in the legal community as a leader and a mentor. And in 2019, Suzanne was appointed to the Board of Directors for the InterOcean University, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide online college education tuition free.


  • Florida


  • Florida Gulf Coast University
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Florida Coastal School of Law


  • American Inn of Court
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association (Community Actions Committee/Legal Redress Workshop Chair)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Journey to Esquire (Board of Directors)
  • William Reece Smith Jr. Litigation


  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Blog Posts

February 21, 2020 BLOG POSTBlack History Month | Serena Williams & Eliud Kipchoge

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be taking a look at some important African-American figures that have impacted American culture. This week, we will take a look at athletes Serena Williams and Eliud Kipchoge.

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January 17, 2020 BLOG POSTIn Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watch our video celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...

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April 18, 2019 COMMUNITYSuzanne DeCopain - Empowering Citizens Through Education

Associate Suzanne DeCopain believes in giving back to her community. One organization that has impacted her life is George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA), an organization that breaks barriers and empowers citizens of the Tampa community through the legal system.

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January 21, 2020 NEWSButler Helps First-Responders and Community Heroes

The Wills for Heroes pro bono project is an effort to show our appreciation for the daily sacrifices of our local firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical technicians...

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September 09, 2019 NEWSHCBA Diversity & Inclusion Networking Social

The HCBA Diversity Committee's annual networking event showcases what the Tampa Bay area has to offer by connecting law students with attorneys, judges and members of local legal organizations in a casual, friendly and low-pressure environment.

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April 23, 2019 NEWSSuzanne DeCopain Awarded the GEBA Young Lawyers Award

Congratulations to Suzanne DeCopain for her upstanding work in the community, earning her the GEBA Young Lawyers Award.

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March 08, 2019 NEWSInternational Women's Day - 2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, we've gathered several of our female attorneys to discuss various important female figures in US history.

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