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W. Douglas Berry

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General Counsel to the firm


(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 500
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Coverage Defense
  • Extra-Contractual


  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • University of Southern California
  • Stetson University
  • George Washington University
W. Douglas Berry is General Counsel to the firm at Butler Pappas.
He served as the firm's Managing Partner from 2001 through 2014. When not engaged in firm management, Doug practices in the coverage department of Butler Pappas, where he is involved in the analysis and litigation of first and third party coverage disputes with policyholders. Doug is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (B.S., 1969) and the Stetson College of Law (J.D., 1977). He also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California (1974) and a Master of Laws degree from George Washington University (1989).

Doug joined the firm in 1989 after completing twenty years of service 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 its Trial Advocacy Instructor course at Harvard University.

Doug is active in the Insurance Coverage Litigation and Property Insurance (Chair, 2004-2005) Committees of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and has lectured on coverage and law firm management topics on several occasions for the American Bar Association, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Florida Windstorm Network. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Bar of the District of Columbia, the Bars of the Courts of Military and Veterans Appeals, the Loss Executives Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Case Types

  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Municipal Liability
  • Professional Malpractice - Municipal Liability
  • Reinsurance Coverage
  • Third Party Coverage Issues