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Gerald T. Albrecht

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(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 500
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Arson & Fraud
  • Casualty Defense Litigation
  • Coverage Defense
  • Extra-Contractual


  • University of South Florida
  • Stetson University College of Law
Gerald T. Albrecht is a Partner at Butler Pappas.
Jerry has been with the firm for 25 years. He has served on the firm's Executive Committee, and is the Chair of the Property Coverage Department. Jerry's practice is primarily first party property coverage both for commercial insurance carriers and homeowner's carriers. Jerry has been practicing law since 1987. He is licensed to practice in all three Federal District Courts in the State of Florida. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubble. Jerry has handled cases throughout the United States and most notably tried, and won, the "Russian Roulette" wrongful death case.

Jerry is a frequent speaker and panelist on property coverage and arson and fraud issues. He is the author of "Truth of Consequences: An Analysis of the Concealment or Fraud Defense" and the author of "The Examination Under Oath-An Owner's Manual," both appearing in "For the Defense" magazine. He also wrote "The Examination Under Oath: A Vital Tool in Examining Potentially Fraudulent Claims" published in CLM's Litigation Management magazine. One of his "boat scuttling cases" was featured in Boating Magazine. Jerry is a frequent speaker for such organizations as the Defense Research Institute; the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention; the Insurance Committee on Arson Control; the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Counsel, and the Florida Windstorm Association. Jerry provides a number of presentations regarding trial tactics, litigation, and fire investigation.


Case Types

  • Appellate
  • Arson
  • Arson and Fraud
  • Casualty Defense Litigation
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Subrogation
  • Subrogation - Large Loss
  • Theft

Extended Biography

In 2008, Jerry took a leave of absence from the firm and joined the McCain/Palin campaign. He served as one of Governor Palin's advance representatives and traveled extensively throughout the campaign.

Jerry is a member of the American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections); the Defense Research Institute; the Florida Bar; and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He is the past-President of the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP); and is presently the FACAP Rewards Committee Chairperson. Jerry is also a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel.

While Jerry was a student at Stetson University College of Law, he received the Victor O. Wehle Award for Outstanding Participation in Trial Practice, and was a Finalist in the American Bar Association Mock Trial Competition for the Southeast Region, as well as the Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition in Florida in 1986. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science (with emphasis on International Relations) from the University of South Florida in 1982. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stetson University College of Law in 1986.

Jerry has also written and produced a number of training videos, including such subjects as Recorded Statements, Examinations Under Oath, and Good Faith Claims Handling.