Thomas A. Keller

Thomas A. Keller: Attorney with Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

Biography

Thomas A. Keller is the Hiring Partner at Butler. Based out of the Tampa office, his primary practice area is Coverage Defense. Tom handles mostly First-Party Property Insurance Coverage defense cases and Extra-Contractual matters.

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.

Experience

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)

Publications

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]

Media

Events

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

News

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.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Arson & Fraud
  • Extra-Contractual
  • First-Party Coverage

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(813) 281-1900  Phone
www.butler.legal
University Attended:
St. Norbert College, B.A., History and American Political Science, cum laude, 1995
Law School Attended:
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
Year of First admission:
1998
Admission:
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2002, U.S. Supreme Court; 1999, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2001, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1998, Florida; 2001, Wisconsin
Memberships:

Memberships

•Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
•Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB)

Birth Information:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1973
Reported Cases:
Case Type: Appellate; Arson; Attorney Fee Disputes; Bad Faith; Civil Remedy Notices; Construction Defect Litigation - Sinkholes; Coverage - Boiler and Machinery; Coverage - Business Interruption; Coverage - Business Owner's; Coverage - First Party Property; Coverage - Homeowner's; Coverage - Inland Marine; Coverage - Property; Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices; Excess Coverage; Extracontractual Claims; Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud); Fraud; Hurricane Losses; Insurance Fraud; Malicious Prosecution; Reinsurance Coverage; Structural Collapse; Theft; EXPERIENCE: 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)
ISLN:
916051462

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