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Mary Jo Kuusela

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(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 500
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Subrogation & Recovery


  • University of South Florida
  • Stetson University College of Law
Mary Jo Kuusela is a Partner at Butler Pappas.

Mary Jo is admitted to practice law in Florida and Texas. Mary Jo is admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.  She is admitted to the United District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and National Association of Subrogation Professionals. She has handled cases throughout the Eastern United States, including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, and Ohio. She volunteers at the Hillsborough County Courthouse at the Family Forms Clinic, Domestic Violence Program, and the Attorney Ad Litem Program.

Mary Jo joined the Firm in June of 2004. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and was in the Honors Program at the University of South Florida in 2000.  Mary Jo received the University of South Florida Outstanding Graduate Award.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson College of Law in 2003.

Mary Jo practices almost exclusively in Property Subrogation and Recovery, which includes all forms of contribution, indemnity and declaratory judgment cases. She also practices in transportation claims, including Carmack cases. Mary Jo speaks regularly at Subrogation Industry events.

Representative Cases


Case Types

  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Catastrophic Recovery Coordination
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Design
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Drainage
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Earth Movement
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Roof
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Sinkholes
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Structure Failures
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Windows
  • Contribution Claims
  • Explosions
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Products Liability - Equipment Losses
  • Products Liability - Pipe Failures
  • Reinsurance Coverage
  • Sovereign Immunity Issues
  • Structural Collapse
  • Subrogation
  • Subrogation - Large Loss
  • Trucking