Thais Passerieu

  • Associate at Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig (121 Attorneys)
  • 400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 2300, Tampa, FL 33602
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Thais Passerieu is an Associate at Butler. Her practice is focused on First-Party Property Coverage as well as Extra-Contractual matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Thais practiced Third-Party insurance defense litigation, including premises and automobile liability.

Before relocating to Florida, Thais was a commercial litigation associate with a full-service law firm in Puerto Rico. She is licensed in Florida and Puerto Rico and has extensive experience in civil, commercial litigation, business torts, and in various immigration matters. Thais is also admitted to practice before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Thais graduated from University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 2013. While in Law School, she was a Senior Editor for the Law Review and a member of the Federal Criminal Practice Defense Law Clinic. She holds a Master’s Degree in Translation and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, with emphasis in music and voice. She also received the Puerto Rico UNESCO Association Distinguished Youth Award on two occasions.

Thais is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and Puerto Rico’s Colegio de Abogados.

Before practicing law, Thais was a professional translator and interpreter. She is French-Puerto Rican, born in San Juan, she was raised in France and lived many years in South America. She is also fluent in French and Spanish, and has a degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne in Paris. Thais is passionate about language, inter-cultural communication, as well as animal rights advocacy, travel and opera.


Blog Posts

February 21, 2019 BLOG POST Not Off the Hook...Trouble in Paradise for Puerto Rico Insurers

Recent legislative and judicial developments in Puerto Rico may very well have revived thousands of claims that insurers believed to be time-barred, per the terms of the Suit Against Us provisions of their Policies. Until the February 14, 2019, ruling issued by a San Juan court, residential property damage claims that had not escalated to suit within a year of the date of loss, had been considered time-barred. It would seem that it may not be the case anymore, and insurers should be prepared for a potential flurry of new litigation, even involving prior Hurricane Irma and Maria claims.

Areas of Practice (3)

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

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813-288-2650  Phone
University Attended:
Universite Paris IV Sorbonne, French Literature; University of Puerto Rico, Bachelor of Arts, Humanities; University of Puerto Rico, M.A., Translation, Summa Cum Laude
Law School Attended:
University of Puerto Rico, DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE, Magna Cum Laude
Year of First Admission:
Florida; All State Courts of Florida; Commonwealth of Puerto Rico State Courts; United States Court of Appeals 1st Circuit; United States District Court For The District of Puerto Rico; Puerto Rico


•American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
•Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico
•Federal Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division; Puerto Rico Chapter
•Hispanic National Bar Association
•Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
•The Florida Bar

Reported Cases:
CASE TYPE: Commercial Litigation; Coverage - First Party Property; Coverage - Homeowner's; Coverage - Property; Extracontractual Claims; Hurricane Losses

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