Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Of Counsel at Butler, Sean P. Ravenel practices in Large Loss Subrogation and Self-Insured Recovery. He brings his knowledge and experience to many types of cases, including material failures, hurricane losses, heavy equipment claims, trucking, product liability, and construction defect. He is adept at handling complex multi-party subrogation matters.

Sean’s prior work experience includes service in the United States Marine Corps and working with the U.S. Department of State. Sean also served as an intern at the Florida Supreme Court while attending law school.

Sean practices primarily in Florida. However, beyond the state of Florida, Sean also handles losses and claims across the country, including in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, and other parts of the Southeast.

Sean regularly gives presentations on subrogation and recovery topics, such as investigation techniques and litigation strategies. He speaks to various industry professionals, sharing his valuable knowledge and insights gained from working extensively in this practice.

He is also the author of several articles published by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, The Federal Lawyer, and the Florida Bar News. His pieces address a diverse range of topics from professionalism in legal education to changes to the laws impacting recovery in various jurisdictions.


  • Florida


  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell


  • University of LaVerne
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • The Order of Barristers (OOB)


  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)
  • Florida State Courts
July 08, 2010 PUBLICATIONFlorida Again Rejects the Sutton Rule

In Florida, like nearly all jurisdictions, an insurer may not pursue subrogation against its own insured. But when a tenant causes damage to its landlord's property, is the tenant treated as a presumptive "co-insured" under the landlord's property insurance policy? The answer, at least in Florida, is "it depends."

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October 01, 2004 PUBLICATIONForcing the Issue: Virginia Courts Begin to Expand Recoveries in Tort Between Parties to a Contract

When subrogating against an adverse party having a contractual relationship with your insured, it is routine to face the argument that your damages are barred by the economic loss rule. Most jurisdictions have carved out an exception to the sometimes harsh results that can flow from the operation of this rule. One such exception is the “other property” exception, which typically allows for tort recovery when the damaged “other property” is not a subject of the contract.
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November 01, 2002 PUBLICATIONThe Contagion of Example: Attacking the Root of the Problem in Lawyer Professionalism

Now is the time to stop talking and start acting! In the legal professionalism debate, many scholars hope, through their own unique contributions, to spark some universal epiphany that will initiate pervasive change. But a workable solution remains amorphous; the context of the problem is in constant flux and scholars feel the need to continually approach it in a “modernized” framework. Admittedly, unique perspective is an important tool for learning the intricacies of any problem, but incessantly approaching an old problem with fresh insight becomes tiresome and counterproductive . . . especially when there is no evidence of change. If we continue to merely discuss professionalism, then we will remain mired in tautology disguised as intellectual insight.

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January 17, 2018 EVENTWINDSTORM INSURANCE CONFERENCE - How to Maximize Claim Recovery for Insureds and Carriers

Sean Ravenel from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Orlando, FL at the Windstorm Insurance Conference on the topic of "How to Maximize Claim Recovery for Insureds and Carriers".

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November 09, 2010 EVENTNASP Litigation Seminar

Litigation for the Subro College 200

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