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John W. Weihmuller

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(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 500
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Coverage Defense
  • Extra-Contractual
  • Medical & Professional Malpractice Liability


  • Valparaiso University
John W. Weihmuller is a Partner at Butler Pappas.
John is in the firm's extracontractual and insurance coverage practice groups.  He received his Bachelor of Science, with distinction, from Valparaiso University in 1981 and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University in 1984. John served as executive editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review and was both a team and board member of the National Moot Court Team.

John is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida.  He has appeared before the District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Florida. He is also admitted to the Northern, Middle, and Southern District Courts, as well as the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  His practice is almost exclusively devoted to bad faith litigation and complex coverage disputes.

John is a member of several professional organizations, including the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) of the American Bar Association, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Extended Biography

John is a frequent lecturer in the field of insurance claims handling, bad faith and insurance coverage litigation.  He has spoken at several institutes sponsored by the DRI, FDCC and other professional associations. Some of his presentations/publications are listed below.  He has appeared before Florida legislative committees to testify and/or provide information regarding Florida bad faith legislation and reform. He has also appeared before and worked with the American Insurance Association on the issue of Florida bad faith litigation and reform. 

The vast majority of John's practice is devoted to defending statutory and common law bad faith cases.  Over the years, John has defended more than 25 insurance  companies with respect to bad faith claims asserted by either the insured or third-party claimant. Two cases that are representative of John's practice are Valle v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 394 F. App'x. 555 (11th Cir. 2010), and Aboy v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 394 F. App'x. 655 (11th Cir. 2010). In both Valle and Aboy the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the insurer, extinguishing the claimants' third-party common law bad faith claims based upon Powell v. Prudential case law. Both summary judgments were affirmed by the 11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals.