W. Douglas Berry

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Biography

As General Counsel to the firm in Tampa, W. Douglas Berry joined Butler in 1989. From 2001 through 2014, he served as the firm’s Managing Partner. When not engaged in firm management, Doug practices in the Coverage department of Butler, where he is involved in the analysis and litigation of first and third party coverage disputes with policyholders. Other areas of his practice include Extra-Contractual claims, Appellate advocacy, Municipal Liability, and Reinsurance Coverage.

Doug graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 1969. On a Marine Corps scholarship, he attended and graduated from Stetson College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1977. He also received a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1974 and a Master of Laws degree from George Washington University in 1989.

Before joining Butler, Doug served for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, he served as infantry officer in the Republic of Vietnam before attending law school on a Marine Corps scholarship. After graduating law school, among other assignments, he served as a defense counsel, chief prosecutor and as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Doug is a graduate of the National College of District Attorneys Career Prosecutor Course at the University of Houston, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s national course at the University of Colorado and a Trial Advocacy Instructor course at Harvard University.

Throughout his prestigious career, Doug has lectured on coverage and law firm management topics for the American Bar Association, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Florida Windstorm Network.

Publications

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.

Media

Blog Posts

January 08, 2018 BLOG POST ALL INSURANCE ADJUSTER OFFICES NOW NEED A HEAD HONCHO!: FLORIDA LEGISLATURE ADDRESSES ADJUSTING AND PUBLIC ADJUSTING FIRMS

Florida House Bill 911, “An Act Relating to Insurance Adjusters” became law on January 1, 2018. In large part, the new legislation deals with the internal operation of public adjusting firms. For example:

Spotlights

August 24, 2015 SPOTLIGHT Doug Berry The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

In many respects, I know everyone of these guys, having served with and alongside them in Viet-Nam and elsewhere. With respect to veterans of more recent conflicts, I knew their fathers and uncles; the names and faces change but the nature of their selfless service and commitment to the country and to each other don’t. They don’t ask for much and for me, it’s not too much to try to apply some special skills in order to attempt to help them.

Events

March 03, 2010 EVENT And The Hits Just Keep Coming: The Proliferation And Handling Of Supplemental Hurricane Claims

Stayin’ Alive (At All Costs) --
Property Insurers As Deep Pocket Targets
In Uncertain Economic Times

February 21, 2009 EVENT Managing The Case Of A Lifetime -- The Extra-Contractual Case

2009 Winter Meeting

September 15, 2008 EVENT Appraisals, Appraisal Agreements & Appraisal Award Forms

PLRB/LIRB’s Property Insurance Section and Insurance Coverage Section’s Critical Issues for Senior Insurance Executives and In-House Counsel

February 25, 2007 EVENT The Private Law Firm of the Future - 2010 and Beyond

FDCC Winter Meeting

January 29, 2007 EVENT 2007 Case Law Update

Windstorm Insurance Conference

News

October 22, 2018 NEWS Doug Berry Awarded the Meritorious Service Award at the DRI Annual Meeting

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig is proud to announce that Partner Doug Berry earned the Meritorious Service Award at the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Annual Meeting on October 20th.

October 09, 2018 NEWS Butler Awarded the 2018 TVC Chairman’s Award

Butler has been awarded the 2018 TVC Chairman’s Award in recognition for our service provided to veterans and their families.

February 27, 2018 NEWS The Veterans Consortium recognizes a VIP - Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono Douglas Berry

Each month, The Veterans Consortium recognizes a “VIP” - Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono value all our volunteers and wish to recognize those who inspire others.

December 13, 2017 NEWS The 2018 Florida Best Lawyers Edition

The 2018 Florida Best Lawyers Edition is finally here!

The Best Lawyers list is compiled by peer-review surveys which leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers. The process of this award is as follows: nomination, peer review, analysis of feedback, eligibility check, and then the releasing of the Best Lawyers in Florida. Congratulations to the following attorneys...

July 09, 2015 NEWS Doug Berry Wins Appeal on Behalf of Veteran

The Consortium, comprised of most of the veterans’ service organizations, acts as a clearing house reviewing veterans’ claims for possible merit before USCAVC and matches them with attorneys willing to work on a pro bono basis. Should the veteran prevail, his or her pro bono attorney is entitled to attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

December 18, 2014 NEWS Doug Berry Honored at Lloyd’s

On 18 November 2014, Managing Partner Doug Berry was honored by numerous representatives of the leading Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, for his many years of superlative service to the London property insurance market. Charles Glaisher of Faraday Underwriting Ltd. presented Doug with a biography of Sir Winston Churchill and a compilation of Great Speeches, which were both signed by the many clients Doug has represented over the past 25 years. The presentation took place at the Lloyd’s Library during an educational seminar sponsored by the Firm. Partners Scott Katz and Jerry Albrecht also spoke during the seminar.

September 29, 2014 NEWS Seven Partners Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

Butler is pleased to announce that seven of its Partners were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, a highly regarded directory of attorneys, where inclusion is entirely peer-based and extremely selective. Fewer than 4% of the nation’s attorneys are included.

July 22, 2010 NEWS For the second year in a row, Florida Trend magazine has named Butler one of Florida’s top companies to work for

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.

One-hundred companies were recognized in small, medium and large company categories. The rankings - the second annual statewide Best Companies list - appear in the August issue Florida Trend and on FloridaTrend.com. The Best Companies To Work For in Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and endorsed by the HR Florida State Council.

July 24, 2009 NEWS Butler named one of the best companies to work for in Florida

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.

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)

  • Extra-Contractual
  • First-Party Coverage
  • Aviation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(813) 281-1900  Phone
www.butler.legal
University Attended:
U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., 1969; University of Southern California, M.S., 1974
Law School Attended:
Stetson University, J.D., 1977; George Washington University, LL.M., Land Use Management, 1989
Year of First Admission:
1977
Admission:
11th Circuit Court of Appeals; All Federal District Courts of Florida; Courts of Military and Veterans Appeals; District of Columbia; Florida; Florida State Courts
Memberships:

Memberships

•American Bar Association (former Chair, Property Insurance Law Committee, TTIPS)
•Bars of the Courts of Military and Veterans Appeals
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
•Florida Bar Association (FBA)
•Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
•The District of Columbia Bar

Military:
Lt. Col., USMC, 1969-1989
Birth Information:
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, February 13, 1948
Reported Cases:
Case Type: Appellate; Bad Faith; Civil Remedy Notices; Coverage - Business Interruption; Coverage - First Party Property; Coverage - Homeowner's; Coverage - Personal Injury; Coverage - Property; Excess Coverage; Extracontractual Claims; Municipal Liability; Professional Malpractice - Municipal Liability; Reinsurance Coverage; Third Party Coverage Issues
ISLN:
909056849

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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