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John J. Pappas

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Tampa
Of Counsel

Phone

(813) 281-1900

Address

777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
#500
Tampa, Florida
33602

Email

Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arson & Fraud
  • Casualty Defense Litigation
  • Coverage Defense
  • Extra-Contractual
  • Medical & Professional Malpractice Liability

Education

  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
John J. Pappas is Of Counsel at Butler Pappas.
His practice encompasses all areas of insurance law, including first-party and third-party coverage, fire and theft claims, extra-contractual claims, reinsurance, large subrogation, appeals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Certified Civil Mediator (less than 1% of all Florida lawyers are so certified) with more than 25 years of experience actively defending insurers, their insureds, and self-insureds. He has twice presented oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida. In 1997 he tried and won a case resulting in several notably favorable published opinions: Dictiomatic, Inc. v. USF&G, 958 F. Supp. 595 (S.D. Fla. 1997) (the seminal decision on business interruption claims); Dictiomatic, Inc. v. USF&G, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22398 (S.D. Fla. 1999) (the leading decision awarding fees against opposing counsel based upon vexatious litigation practices under 28 U.S.C. § 1927); Dictiomatic, Inc. v. USF&G, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19226 (S.D. Fla. May 2000) (extensive discussion calculating fees and costs of over $600,000 awarded an insurer against the opposing counsel). 

He is a member of the Litigation Section and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA). He is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Florida, the Appellate Bar of the Eleventh Circuit of the United States, and the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida.

Case Types

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Arson
  • Arson and Fraud
  • Casualty Defense Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation - Transactional
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Crop Losses
  • Engineering Malpractice
  • Environmental - Contamination Coverage
  • Environmental - Hazardous Waste Coverage
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • Fidelity
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Malpractice - Architecture
  • Malpractice - Engineering
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice - Accounting
  • Professional Malpractice - Engineering/Architecture
  • Professional Malpractice - Legal
  • Reinsurance Coverage
  • Subrogation
  • Subrogation - Large Loss
  • Surety
  • Third Party Coverage Issues

Extended Biography

He is a dynamic speaker who is regularly invited to speak on insurance and litigation issues. Among his many speaking engagements are: PLRB Claims Conferences: (1989 Arson Mock Trial; 1993 Litigation Management Workshop; 1999 Catastrophe Workshop; 2000 Settlement and Maintenance Workshop; 2001 Moderator, "Stump-The-Panel"; 2003 Good Faith Claims Handling and Ethics for Adjusters; 2004 Good Faith Claims Handling and Ethics for Adjusters; 2005 First-Party Bad Faith; 2006 Policy Exclusions: Interpretation and Application; 2006 Wind vs. Water: Drawing The Line; 2007 Handling Storm Claims:  Successful Strategies; March 18-21, 2007 Claims Conference; 2008 Appraisal:  Avoiding Catastrophe, Regional Adjusters Conference). ABA TTIPS: (2006 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly). DRI Seminars: (1996 Extra-Contractual Mock Trial; 1997 Insurance Coverage Seminar; 1998 Extra-Contractual Seminar; 2000 Extra-Contractual Mock Trial Seminar; 2001 Trial Techniques: Expert Depositions and Trial Testimony; 2005 A Good Case Spoiled). Florida Advisory Committee and Arson Prevention (FACAP) Annual Seminars: (Workshop Panelist from 1987 through 1999; and 2006 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).  Keynote Speaker in 1998 on "Analysis of Daubert/Benfield Decisions and NFPA 921.  Keynote Speaker at 1999 Department of Insurance Fraud and SIU Conference (DIF/SIU); AIG Property Claims Conferences; Nationwide Claims Legal Conference; Nationwide Commercial Claims Conference; USAA Property Claims Conference; Seventh Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference (2006 Panelist); RSUI Annual Claims Seminar, March 21-23, 2006 (Atlanta, GA); AXIS Seminar, September 17, 2007 (Alpharetta, GA); Mealey's Bad-Faith Conference, September 24-25, 2007, (Philadelphia, PA); Zurich Continuing Education Seminars -- March 13, 2007 (Tampa), September 11, 2007 (Orlando), and December 4, 2007 (Tampa).

He is also the author of many papers published in the insurance field, including but not limited to: Pandora's Key: A Standard for Discovery in First Party Claims for Punitive Damages, Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 55, January 1988; Subrogation, Insuring Real Property, Matthew Bender (1989); Institutional Bad Faith Claims, Defense Research Institute Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar, September 17-18, 1998; Admissions: The Ticket to Extra-Contractual Damages, Defense Research Institute Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar, September 16-17, 1999; Red Hot Buttons, Defense Research Institute Insurance Coverage and Practice Seminar, December 9-10, 1999; The Five Most Important Extra-Contractual Cases This Millennium, Defense Research Institute, September 21-22, 2000; Armageddon, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 13, #18, January 18, 2000; The Mendacity Clause, For The Defense magazine, May 2001; Effective Strategies for Taking an Expert Deposition for Discovery and Trial, Defense Research Institute Advocacy Skills Series II Seminar, June 27-28, 2001; The Duty to Investigate and Disclose, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 15, #6, July 18, 2001; OOPS!, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 15, #18, January 23, 2002; Crossing the Line: Punitive Damages and The Supreme Court, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #2, May 15, 2002; Mold, Mildew and Marco, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #4, June 19, 2002; Discombobulation: Noticing The CEO For Deposition, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #6, July 12, 2002; Institutional Bad Faith: The Exponential Exposure Of Portability And The Mother Standard, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #8, August 21, 2002; Time Bombs, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #12, October 23, 2002; Bad Faith Discovery: Are There No Limits?, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #14, November 20, 2002; Anger And Punishment, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 16, #18, January 22, 2003; The Campbell Cap, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #2, May 21, 2003; Appraising Windstorm Claims, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #4, June 18, 2003; A Conversation With A Capitalist, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #10, September 17, 2003; Ipse Dixit: The Bad Faith Expert, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #14, November 19, 2003; Whatever Happened to Rule #1?, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #20, February 20, 2004; Litigation Conduct As Evidence Of Bad Faith And The Standard Of Deceit, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #22, March 25, 2004; Reliance On Experts: Shield Or Sin, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 17, #24, April 20, 2004; Dont Shoot The Messenger, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #2, May 18, 2004; Checklist Charley, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #8, August 17, 2004; Punitive Damages and Hip-Hop, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #9, September 7, 2004; Floridas First-Party Bad-Faith Law, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #12, October 19, 2004; An Insurers Liability For The Bad-Faith Conduct Of Its Third-Party Administrators And Independent Adjusters, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #16, December 21, 2004; Piece Of Mind: The Utah Supreme Courts Response to Campbell, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #18, January 18, 2005; Detours: Campbell Stops At The Willow Inn, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 18, #24, April 19, 2005; Bifurcating Bad-Faith, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #2, May 17, 2005; Willful And Wanton, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #6, July 19, 2005; What Every Insurer Should Know About Defending A Bad Faith Case, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #8, August 16, 2005; Katrina: Wind, Flood And Fire, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #10, September 20, 2005; Adjusters Code of Ethics, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #12, October 18, 2005; The Horror: Adjuster Under Oath, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #16, December 20, 2005; Bad-Faith Should Be Difficult To Prove, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, #22, March 21, 2006; Federal Florida, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 20, #6, July 18, 2006; But Judge, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 20, #8, August 2006; Anecdotal Insights, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 20, #12, October 17, 2006; Tweedledee, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 20, #14, November 21, 2006; When A Flood Is Not A Flood, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 20, #16, December 20, 2006; A State In Crisis, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 20, #20, February 20, 2007; The Death of Indemnity, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 21, #2, May 15, 2007; When A Flood Is A Flood:  The Doctrine of Contextual Ambiguity, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 21, #8, August 21, 2007; The Walrus and The Carpenter, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 21, #10, September 18, 2007; Bad-Faith Expert Trial Testimony, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 21, #14, November 20, 2007; From Beautiful Brazilians to Bear-Catchers, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 21, #22, March 18, 2008; The Begrudged 'Insurance Bad-Faith Suit' Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 22, #2, May 20, 2008; Baffled, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 22, #10, September 25, 2008; Is There Common Law Insurance Bad-Faith In Florida?, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 22, #12, October 30, 2008; Senseless In Seattle, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 22, #16, December 18, 2008; Mental Anguish, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 22, #18, January 29, 2009; Preparation For Deposition, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 23, #2, May 29, 2009; The Mediation, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 23, #16, December 24, 2009; Experts, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 24, #4 June 24, 2010; The Doctrine Of ‘Substantial Compliance': An Erroneous Application, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 24, #18, January 27, 2011; What Everyone Should Know About A First-Party Property Claim - But Is Afraid To Ask, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 24, #22, March 24, 2011; The Cart And The Horse, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 25, #2, May 26, 2011; They Told Me So, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 25, #10, September 22, 2011; Chalfonte: The Supreme Court of Florida Addresses Insurance ‘Bad Faith', Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 26, #4, June 28, 2012; Scary Stuff: Insurance Claim Files And Exceptions To The Attorney-Client Privilege", Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 26, #8, August 23, 2012; The Troubles of Trafalgar: Bad Faith In The Absence Of Breach Of Contract,  Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 26, #10, September 27, 2012; Bad-Faith' Discovery:  Claim Files, Training Materials, Personnel Files, And The Kitchen Sink, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 26, #18, January 31, 2013; and Who Is Entitled To The Claims File?, Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 26, #22, March 28, 2013.

John received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1978. He received his Master of Science Degree from Florida State University in 1980 and taught there as an assistant professor. While at the University of Florida, from which he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, he served as Tax Editor of the Law Review, and as a member of the Moot Court Team, resulting in his being one of the 1982 ABA Moot Court Competition Finalists representing the Southeastern United States at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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