Jonathan K. Barger is a Senior Associate at Butler Pappas.
Jon's primary focus is first-party property claims and related litigation, with an emphasis on large and complex losses. He assists insurers with first-party claim issues ranging from assistance with claims investigations, conducting examinations under oath, providing coverage opinions, and defending insurers against allegations of breach of contract and bad faith. Jon also has considerable experience in defending third-party/liability claims related to large property losses. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials, including serving as lead trial counsel. He has worked on claims in excess of $250 million dollars throughout the Midwest and nationally for domestic and international insurers.
Jon has significant experience with fire losses and the multiple issues that can arise from fire investigation methods and techniques, fire cause and origin determination, fire spread, and fire suppression system performance. He volunteers as an instructor for training and continuing education for fire investigators with the Illinois Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois, as well as the Illinois chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators ("IAAI"). In addition to fire losses, Jon's experience includes claims of water damage, mold damage, sprinkler system malfunction and other plumbing leaks, roof leaks, wind damage, collapse, earth movement, and other types of property damage.