Tom has been with Butler since 2003. Prior to joining our team, Tom practiced commercial and business litigation and was a senior staff attorney with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Tom earned his law degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 1998.
Tom is a recognized authority on property insurance coverage issues. He lectures on the subject and related issues often, including regulatory and legislative changes in condominium insurance coverage and Florida first-party property insurance laws, as well as adjusting sinkhole claims and fraud in natural disaster claims like sinkholes, hurricanes, and floods. He is a frequent speaker for various insurance companies and organizations like the South Florida Claims Association and the Property Loss Research Bureau.
Fourth Tee, LLC v. Axis Surplus Insurance Company, 2013 WL 593951 (M.D. Fla. 2013)
Fourth Tee, LLC v. Axis Surplus Insurance Company, 2013 WL 593832 (M.D. Fla. 2013)
Dominion Business Finance, LLC v. Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company, 2010 WL 2179113 (M.D. Fla. 2010)
September 27, 2012 PUBLICATION The Troubles Of Trafalgar : Bad Faith In the Absence Of Breach Of Contract
How can a first-party insurer be legally liable for insurance ‘‘bad faith'' if it has already been found not to be liable for breach of the insurance contract? According to at least one Florida appellate court, by paying an Appraisal Award timely.
May 01, 2007 PUBLICATION Hindsight vs. Foresight: The Adjustment of Business Income Claims
The hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 resulted in many claims for loss of business income. Applying this coverage, which is always tricky, can be even more problematic in the context of widespread devastation.
April 18, 2006 PUBLICATION Achilles' Heel: First-Party Property Bad-Faith Damages
Insurance bad-faith is recognized throughout the United States. In the setting of first-party property insurance, the relationship between the insured and insurer commences contractually. However, that contractual relationship can also provide exposure for tort damages in a first-party bad-faith action. Indeed, the threat of facing a first-party property bad-faith tort action commonly influences insurers to resolve litigation out of fear, rather than for substantive purposes based on the merits. One of the Achilles' Heels of such causes of action is the inability of the insured to prove any measurable bad-faith damages. The identification and measurement of damages in first-party property bad-faith actions varies greatly depending on the jurisdiction. This commentary will discuss certain jurisdictional differences relating to damages in first-party bad-faith actions, exclusive of punitive damages. [FN1]
April 15, 2018 EVENT PLRB Claims Conference- Appraisal Clauses: A State-by-State Analysis
Join Butler Partner, Thomas Keller, and co-presenter Andrew Deckert of American Strategic Insurance as they described the appraisal provision, potential pitfalls during the appraisal process, and explained how different jurisdictions interpret and apply appraisal causes.
January 17, 2018 EVENT WINDSTORM INSURANCE CONFERENCE - Filling Up on Florida Property Case Law
Thomas Keller from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Orlando, FL at the Windstorm Insurance Conference on the topic of Filling Up on Florida Property Case Law .
March 27, 2017 EVENT PLRB CLAIMS CONFERENCE - Appraisal Clauses: A State-by-State Analysis
Thomas A. Keller from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Andrew Deckert, presented in Boston, MA at the PLRB Claims Conference on the topic of Appraisal Clauses: A State-by-State Analysis on March 27, 2017.
April 17, 2016 EVENT PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo
Appraisal Clauses: A State-by-State Analysis
October 26, 2007 EVENT Sinkhole Investigations for the SIU Investigator
Central Florida Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigations Units
February 13, 2018 NEWS 2018 Hillsborough County Bar Association's Annual Diversity Networking Social
Every year, we are excited to sponsor the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Networking Social. This HCBA Tampa Bay event allows us to meet up-and-coming law students and new lawyers with diverse backgrounds.
January 09, 2013 NEWS Tom Keller Selected to Serve on PLRB Board
The firm is pleased to announce that Tom Keller has been selected to serve on the Property Loss Research Bureau ( PLRB ) board for another term.
June 03, 2009 NEWS Governor Vetoes Condominium Insurance Bill
Governor Crist vetoes revisions to condominium insurance statute. The recent legislative session passed Senate Bill 714 which sought to clarify the insuring responsibilties between the unit owner and the association. For reasons outlined in his letter of June 1, the Governor vetoed the measure.
•Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
•Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB)
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