Hobart M. Hind, Jr.

Hobart M. Hind, Jr.: Attorney with Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig AV stamp icon
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Biography

Hobie Hind is a master at multitasking efficiently. A Partner in the Dallas office, he practices in Butler’s Subrogation & Recovery department where he is the Practice Group Leader for the Firm. Hobie handles claims ranging from smaller equipment losses to large-scale industrial events. With over 22 years of experience litigating larger commercial market/quota share subrogation matters, resolving product liability and material failure claims, and navigating complex wildfire cases while partnering with other Subrogation law firms, Hobie is a trusted leader in the Subrogation industry. Hobie’s aim is not only to be a great partner within Butler, but also a contributor to the collective efforts of those in the Subrogation field whose goal is to make the industry stronger.

It’s no surprise that Hobie became an attorney; it’s in his blood. Having a District Attorney as a father, Hobie recalls fond memories of spending time in the court room watching his dad work. From an extremely young age, Hobie saw and understood the process of law from start to finish, and spent countless hours in the courtroom watching his dad try cases. With a lifetime of first-hand experience, Hobie’s ability to synthesize information quickly while providing the most economically efficient advice is of utmost value to his clients. Hobie attributes this ability to his studies and achievement of his Economics degree.

Admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Georgia, Texas, and Florida, Hobie has handled cases throughout the United States, recently moving with his family to Texas, where much of Butler’s Subrogation work now arises. He is the Firm’s Subrogation & Recovery Practice Area leader and speaks regularly at many subrogation industry events. Hobie is also an active member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) and served as the chair for the 2010 NASP Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas, as well as on the NASP Board of Directors from 2012-2015.

Hobie gladly supports the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation which spreads autism awareness and initiatives around the community (and for everyone who knows Hobie, there must be a golf connection!) He also participates in Firm-wide events such as the Happy Hope Foundation, where he assembled goody bags filled with fun activities and necessities for children who have extended hospital stays.

Publications

January 26, 2017 PUBLICATION Damages Proof in Subrogation Cases

In the past few years, savvy defense lawyers have taken a more inquisitive approach on the valuation of subrogation damages across all lines of insurance. Gone are the days of assuming the damages must be right because no carrier wants to pay more than they should.

April 01, 2014 PUBLICATION How to Succeed at Subrogation (...but you do have to try!)

Success in Subrogation can be measured in many ways, and depends greatly on what type of business is at issue for the underlying recovery claim. There can be different strategies for each type of subrogation claim (Property is different from Health Care which is different from Workers Comp which is different from Auto) but there are some universals, and we will try to discuss those here.

April 01, 2014 PUBLICATION Texas Damages

In Property Subrogation, one of the most difficult damages situationsto deal with is a commercial loss where older equipment is destroyed and that equipment is integral to the operation of a facility. Oftentimes, the business decision is made to replace used equipment (which may not have a fair market value in the marketplace) with new equipment, to minimize the downtime and the associated business income loss. A recent Texas case may give property subrogators some ammunition to contest how those pieces of equipment get valued for recovery purposes.

April 01, 2012 PUBLICATION What Nearly Two Decades as a Subrogation Attorney Has Taught Me about Product Safety

The other day when I was asked to write an article about product safety I pondered how to best approach this. As we all know, what is or is not a safe product is often in the eye of the beholder (or which side of the v you are on!). Is any product that fails even once an unsafe product? If 1,000,000 items have been manufactured and only 73 of them have failed, is that an unsafe product? What about 133 of them? If a product fails when it was being used improperly, but it was not a stretch for the manufacturer to have anticipated this alleged misuse, is that an unsafe product? If a product has been tested by agencies and groups with an international reputation for such testing, and the product has passed, can that product be an unsafe product?

April 01, 2012 PUBLICATION Made-Whole Interpretations Leave Insurers Feeling Empty

There is a growing trend among state courts to interpret the made-whole doctrine in ways that have the potential to make it very difficult for insurers to effectively exercise their subrogation rights. In recent years, state courts’ decisions have increasingly created hurdles for insurers to overcome before they are able to actively pursue recovery for payments made to their insured. These requirements could have a potentially chilling effect on the field of insurance subrogation.

October 14, 2010 PUBLICATION 2010 Annual Conference Committee Report

NASP’s 12th Annual Conference, being held November 7-10 at the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, Texas IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Can you believe it is less than two months away?!?! The Grapevine is a world-class facility located just outside Dallas. Just like in years past, this year’s Conference will be a topnotch showcase for some of the best educational presentations the industry has to offer, no matter what the forum. There is no greater array of educational programs than the NASP Annual Conference. The entire program for the conference has been selected, and we have tried to limit the number of presentations slightly from year’s past so that every attendee has a better chance of attending all of the programs they want, and not having too many conflicting presentations to decide upon.

July 08, 2010 PUBLICATION Arbitration of Construction Defect Claims

Arbitration Forums, Inc. and Construction Defects Claim Managers Associations (CDCMA) have begun a new joint project to develop a special arbitration forum related to certain construction defect claims. This joint project is intended to develop awareness that certain types of construction defect claims can be arbitrated through arbitration forums

October 01, 2004 PUBLICATION Forcing 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.

Media

Webinars

October 16, 2018 WEBINARS An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Preparing a Subrogation Claims Rep for Deposition

Hobart Hind will be hosting a NASP webinar, An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Preparing a Subrogation Claims Rep for Deposition. Hobart will discuss all steps that a subrogation or claims representative can take to make his or her deposition easier during the pendency of the claim.

October 26, 2017 WEBINARS NASP Webinar - The Amazon Conundrum: Developing Litigation Strategies against an Online Company That is Trying Very Hard to not be Responsible for the 150,000,000,000 Worth of Products it Distributes Every Year

Hobie Hind will be hosting a NASP Webinar on Thursday, October 26th at 1:00PM EST. The topic is The Amazon Conundrum: Developing Litigation Strategies against an Online Company That is Trying Very Hard to not be Responsible for the 150,000,000,000 Worth of Products it Distributes Every Year .

Events

March 28, 2019 EVENT Everything I Needed to Become an Effective Subrogation Lawyer I Learned Playing Golf

Everyone who has ever played golf knows that the mental challenge of being good is harder than the physical aspects of the sport. For years when I was younger, almost every waking second (and many non-waking seconds!) was devoted to truly excelling at golf, and as I segued into the subrogation world, I realized that many of the mental drills and training tools I had worked on incessantly before were incredibly valuable to being effective now. We will focus on such concepts as visualization, perfect practice, planning for bad things, and playing against the course, not your fellow competitors.

March 23, 2018 EVENT Subrogation Litigation: Skills & Management Conference

Join Butler Partner, Hobart Hind, as he presented Litigation Coalitions - Common Alliances and Strange Bedfellows at the Subrogation Litigation: Skills & Management Conference in New Orleans.

November 05, 2017 EVENT NASP 2017 Conference - Hiding in Plain Sight: Finding Recoveries in Claims Where It Might Not Be So Obvious

Hobie Hind from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Justin Debenedectis, presented in Austin, TX at the NASP 2017 Conference on the topic of Hiding in Plain Sight: Finding Recoveries in Claims Where It Might Not Be So Obvious .

April 28, 2017 EVENT NASP 2017 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference - CONCRETE SOLUTIONS TO CONSTRUCTION DEFECT ETHICAL DILEMMAS

Hobie Hind from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Phil Carroll presented in Scottsdale, AZ at NASP 2017 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference on the topic of Concrete Solutions to Construction Defect Ethical Dilemmas .

January 29, 2017 EVENT 18TH ANNUAL WINDSTORM INSURANCE CONFERENCE - Effective Managment of Complex Catastrophe Claims

Hobie Hind presented at the 18th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference.

May 25, 2016 EVENT Managing Subrogation in a Brave New Market Share World (or, How To Avoid The 100 Yard Dash For People With No Sense of Direction...)

Continuing Education Credit Presentation

April 07, 2016 EVENT NASP 2016 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference

Hobie Hind and Matt Peaire presented at the NASP 2016 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference on April 7, 2016. Hobie and Matt’s topic was My Ethics v. Your Ethics: When the Expert & Attorney Obligations Diverge.

September 17, 2015 EVENT Subrogating Market Share Claims

Hobie and Dean discussed the dynamics and many nuances of effectively developing market share recovery claims.

November 11, 2014 EVENT NASP 2014 Annual Conference

Ethics and Private Data: Are You and Your Vendors Doing Enough?

November 10, 2014 EVENT NASP 2014 Annual Conference

HVAC Systems and Building Losses: The Trickle Down Theory of Recovery

April 10, 2014 EVENT NASP 2014 Litigation Skills Conference

Using Exhibits Effectively When Arguing, Mediating and Negotiating

November 03, 2013 EVENT NASP’s 2013 Annual Conference

Subro and Cyber Security

June 19, 2013 EVENT Rimkus 10th Annual Seminar

Proving Products Liability Subrogation Cases: The Bar Has Been Raised

April 15, 2012 EVENT PLRB Claims Conference

Property Trends in Subrogation

September 23, 2010 EVENT Product Liability/Subrogation Lecture

Product Liability/Subrogation

April 28, 2010 EVENT What I Have Learned about Litigating against Manufacturers at Trial

ExecuSummit Property Subrogation Forum

April 15, 2010 EVENT Confessions of a Subro Trial Attorney

Confessions of a Subro Trial Attorney

June 18, 2009 EVENT NASP - Local Education and Networking

Common Issues Faced Litigating a Product Liability Claim
and Who Do You Sue?

November 04, 2008 EVENT How to Best Present at NASP - Teaching Speakers How to Teach

NASP National Conference

April 29, 2008 EVENT How NFPA 921 is Impacting Fire Related Subrogation - How you and your attorneys should be using it both offensively and defensively.

5th Annual National Property Subrogation Strategies ExecuSummit

March 08, 2007 EVENT Direct and Cross Examination of the Carrier’s Damage Adjuster

Subrogation Litigation Skills Conference

News

September 30, 2011 NEWS Hobie Hind elected to the NASP Board of Directors

The firm is pleased to announce that as of November 2011 Hobart M. Hind, a partner in the Firm’s Subrogation and Recovery Department, will be a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Subrogation & Recovery
  • Aviation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(813) 281-1900  Phone
www.butler.legal
University Attended:
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.A., Economics, 1992
Law School Attended:
Georgia State College of Law, J.D., 1995
Year of First Admission:
1996
Admission:
Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals; Texas Courts (State and Federal); Florida Courts (State and Federal); Georgia Courts (State and Federal); Texas; Florida; Georgia
Memberships:

Memberships

•National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)

Birth Information:
Albany, Georgia, October 4, 1970
Reported Cases:
Case Type: Commercial Litigation; Construction Defect Litigation - Indemnity Claims; Contribution Claims; Explosions; Federal Multi-District Litigation; Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation; Fire Spread Litigation; Manufacturer Liability; Material Failures; Negligent Supervision; Products Liability; Sovereign Immunity Issues; Structural Collapse; Subrogation; Trucking; EXPERIENCE: REPRESENTATIVE CASES: Hobie has handled every type of subrogation case that would ever cross a subrogation professional's desk. From smaller 5 and 6 figure homeowner fire losses to massive 9 figure warehouse losses and every point in between, that is the focus of Hobie's practice. Recently, more of his practice has been spent on market share commercial losses (of every type, including dry and wet system accidental activations, metal halide light fires, industrial explosions, wildfires and similar claims). Much of the work Hobie intakes from clients is program subrogation work where he will assist the adjusters for a company to manage their subro inventory with spreadsheets and instant analysis with the independent adjuster assigned to that claim to manage the costs on each file, and especially to insure expenses are not wasted on subro referrals with no potential for recovery.
ISLN:
912174875

Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (11 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/13/10 in Litigation

    I have litigated extensively with Mr. Hind. He exemplifies the highest standards of skill and professional conduct. I recommend him for your AV rating.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Senior Associate on 07/02/10 in Subrogation

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