Jason received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2005. While in law school, he earned the highest marks of his class in Criminal Law, and he earned honors for his work in Legal Research and Writing as well as in Appellate Advocacy. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997.
Prior to joining Butler, Jason was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County where he prosecuted crimes ranging from DUI to homicide. Jason has tried more than 25 jury trials and has similarly significant non-jury trial experience.
July 24, 2018 PUBLICATION Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection: Brief Overview
This article was originally published for the National Insurance Law Forum on July 24, 2018.
Claims investigations involving counsel often include communications relating to his or her understanding of the facts, opinions of relevant law, and recommendations. Oftentimes, claim notes or other claim file materials reference all or portions of such communications. Due to their sensitive nature, it is important to be aware of what materials may ultimately be discoverable. Though the work product protection and the attorney-client privilege are generally understood to limit discovery of certain materials, the devil is in the details.
June 20, 2018 PUBLICATION Perspectives on the ALI Restatement: The Plain Meaning Rule or Presumption?
The American Law Institute (ALI) voted to approve the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance (Restatement) at its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, with sections of the Restatement being debated until the final vote. The debate had resulted in many different drafts of the Restatement, with the Council of Advisors to the Restatement Reporters approving Proposed Final Draft No. 2 on April 13, 2018. This was the version ultimately approved by the ALI Members during the annual meeting.
March 20, 2018 PUBLICATION Identity Restoration Insurance: Why Would I Need That?
When retired nurse Helen Anderson flew to visit her sick daughter, she let her niece, Samantha, housesit. Though she had instructed her niece that no friends were allowed over, Helen found Samantha in the house with her friend, Alice Lipski, when she returned. After asking Alice to leave, Helen didn’t think more about her friend being in her house.
February 01, 2018 PUBLICATION A Theoretical Safety on the Trigger of the Duty to Defend
The Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals recently decided Selective Insurance Company of the Southeast v. William P. White Racing Stables, Inc., et al., 2017 WL 6368843 (December 13, 2017), a case addressing limits upon what facts and legal theories may give rise to a duty to defend. In an unpublished opinion,  the court held the district court erred in finding a duty to defend based upon a theory of liability which was not pled, even though it agreed the facts alleged in the complaint could support a claim apparently within the scope of coverage provided by the liability policy.
September 23, 2010 PUBLICATION We Said What We Meant And We Meant What We Said! - Enforcing Contract Language Despite Assertions Of Bad Faith And Insurer 'Misconduct' During The Adjustment Of The Claim
This is one of a series of articles originally published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 24, #10 (September 23, 2010). 2010
[Editor's Note: John V. Garaffa is a Partner and Jason M. Seitz is an associate with the law firm of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP in Tampa, Florida. Any commentary or opinions do not reflect the opinions of Butler or Mealey's Publications. Copyright 2010 by Jason M. Seitz and John V. Garaffa. Responses are welcome.]
April 23, 2010 PUBLICATION Is the Increased Cost To Repair Undamaged Portions Of The Structure A Consequence Of Enforcement Of Building, Zoning Or Land Use Ordinance Or Law?
This is one of a series of articles under Property Insurance Law Committee originally published in ABA Committee News, Winter 2010.
July 25, 2017 BLOG POST That Sinking Feeling: Sinkholes, Florida Law, and Some Questions Raised by The Recent Collapse in Land O' Lakes
The recent catastrophic ground cover collapse in Land O’Lakes attributed to a sinkhole highlights the unique aspects of Florida geology and the impact it can have on the risks faced by building owners and their insurers. In central and western Florida, the land generally consists of a layer of limestone topped by layers of clays and sands. The limestone is a vestige of the shells and skeletons of marine life deposited during prehistoric periods when that layer was at the bottom of shallow seas. Over time, limestone was formed and covered by layers of silts and sands. The limestone is slowly dissolved by groundwater, and constitutes part of the aquifer.
January 02, 2018 NEWS OUR NEWEST PARTNERS
Join us in celebrating our newest Partners! Congratulations to Sarah Burke, Aaron Jacobs and Jason Seitz!
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