Matthew J. Lavisky

Matthew J. Lavisky: Attorney with Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

Biography

Matthew J. Lavisky joined Butler in 2009, bringing with him a strong background that enables him to handle cases that deal with Coverage Defense and Extra-Contractual matters. Matt graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree, and then later earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Barry University. While at Barry University, he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and the president of his university's Federalist Society chapter-a major influential legal organization.

In 2013, Matt earned the James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA). He continues to work as the chairman of the editorial board for the FDLA's primary publication, Trial Advocate Quarterly. He is also an AV peer-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Matt tackles cases that involve such things as bad faith, civil remedy notices, property insurance coverage, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and uninsured motorists.

Recognitions

•Florida Defense Lawyers Association 2013 James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award
•Florida Defense Lawyers Association 2015 Trial Advocate Quarterly Award

Publications

March 13, 2015 PUBLICATION Liability and Damages: Understanding Property Insurance Bad Faith Litigation in Florida

Florida recognizes two general categories of insurance bad faith: first-party and third-party. A cause of action for third-party bad faith exists at common law, but also may be brought under the Florida bad faith statute. The essence of a cause of action for third-party bad faith is that the insurer breached its duty to its insured by failing to properly or promptly defend claim, which resulted in the insured being exposed to a judgment in excess of the coverage limits.

Media

Blog Posts

August 24, 2017 BLOG POST Why Butler?

Why Butler? Find out more from Partner Matthew Lavisky.

Events

December 08, 2017 EVENT 2017 DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium - Hot Topics in Problem Jurisdictions

Matthew Lavisky from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Dan D. Kohane will be presenting in New York, NY at the 2017 DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium on the topic of Hot Topics in Problem Jurisdictions .

News

August 29, 2013 NEWS Florida Defense Lawyers Association Young Lawyer of the Year award

The firm is pleased to announce that Matt Lavisky has been awarded the Florida Defense Lawyers Association Young Lawyer of the Year award. This year, Matt also served as chair of the editorial board for the FDLA Journal. Please join us in congratulating this well-deserved achievement.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Extra-Contractual
  • First-Party Coverage
  • Third-Party Coverage
  • Aviation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(813) 281-1900  Phone
www.butler.legal
University Attended:
University of Central Florida, B.S., 2004
Law School Attended:
Barry University School of Law, J.D., 2007
Year of First admission:
2007
Admission:
2007, Florida; 2009, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2011, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 2012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:

Memberships

•Christian Legal Society (CLS)
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Federalist Society
•Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA)
•Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)

Reported Cases:
CASE TYPE: Attorney Fee Disputes; Bad Faith; Civil Remedy Notices; Coverage - Bodily Injury; Coverage - Business Owner's; Coverage - First Party Automobile; Coverage - First Party Property; Coverage - Homeowner's; Coverage - Personal Injury; Coverage - Property; Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices; Extracontractual Claims; Hurricane Losses; Third Party Coverage Issues; Uninsured Motorist; Experience: Welford v. Liberty Ins. Corp., 190 F. Supp. 3d 1085 (N.D. Fla. 2016) - summary judgment in third-party bad faith case.; MSPA Claims 1, LLC v. First Acceptance Ins. Co., 2016 WL 4523850 (S.D. Fla. 2016) - order dismissing class action complaint for lack of standing.; Kropilak v. 21st Century Ins. Co., 806 F.3d 1062 (11th Cir. 2015) - jury verdict in favor of insurer in third-party bad faith case, affirmed on appeal, holding insurer has no duty to enter into a Cunningham agreement and no duty to its insured to enter into a consent judgment in excess of the limits of its policy.; Helt v. Liberty Ins. Corp., 153 F.Supp.3d 1388 (M.D. Fla. 2015) - order dismissing, with prejudice, count for third-party bad faith.; Altrui v. State Farm Fla. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 11394450 (Fla. 6th Cir. 2014) aff' d 192 So. 3d 477 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016) - order dismissing, with prejudice, lawsuit for first-party bad faith in sinkhole claim after evidentiary hearing.; Colella v. State Farm Fla. Ins. Co., 95 So. 3d 891 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012) - opinion reversing order finding insurer had confessed judgment and breached contract in sinkhole claim where insured had not provided competing engineer report before filing lawsuit.; Gavin's Ace Hardware, Inc. v. Federated Mut. Ins. Co., 2011 WL 5104476 (M.D. Fla. 2011) - order holding claim file not discoverable in breach of contract action against insurance company.; Wild Enters., Inc. v. Assur. Co. of Am., 2011 WL 3802246 (Fla. 4th Cir. 2011) - order granting summary judgment in first-party bad faith action because insured had not satisfied condition precedent to suit.
ISLN:
919674774

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (25 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.9/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 02/26/17 in Civil Litigation

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 02/23/17 in Insurance Coverage Defense

    Besides being a great lawyer, Matt is a good person. We litigate against each other yearly. I know when Matt is on the opposite side, although we may not agree, we can work together to effectively represent our respective clients' interests. He is... Read more

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    Besides being a great lawyer, Matt is a good person. We litigate against each other yearly. I know when Matt is on the opposite side, although we may not agree, we can work together to effectively represent our respective clients' interests. He is a pleasure to litigate against. Read less

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