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Ryan K. Hilton

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(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 500
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Chinese Drywall
  • Construction
  • Coverage Defense
  • Extra-Contractual


  • Ball State University
  • Stetson University
Ryan K. Hilton is a Partner at Butler Pappas.
Ryan practices in the areas of third party liability coverage, third party liability defense, and bad faith claims. Before joining the firm, he was employed as a Staff Attorney in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Ryan is a member of The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He is admitted in the federal courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Ball State University in 1996, graduating from the Honors College. He received his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law. Upon graduation, he was a recipient of the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award. While at Stetson, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul Levine in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Ryan is also an AV peer- rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Cases

  • Chartis Property & Cas. Co. v. Jassy, et al., Slip Copy, 2013 WL 5921541 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 4, 2013)
  • Direct General Ins. Co. v. Vreeman, 943 So. 2d 914 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006)        
  • General Fidelity Ins. Co. v. Foster, et al., 808 F.Supp.2d 1315 (S.D. Fla. March 24, 2011)
  • National Specialty Ins. Co. v. ABS Freight Transportation, Inc. et al., ---F.Supp.3d ---, 2014 WL 8183082 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 4, 2014)
  • Peak Property and Cas. Co. Ins. Corp. v. Ensslin, et al., Slip Copy, 2014 WL 2124270 (M.D. Fla. May 21, 2014)


Case Types

  • Appellate
  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • Bad Faith
  • BI (Bodily Injury)
  • Bodily Injury - Coverage
  • Boiler and Machinery - Coverage
  • BOP
  • CGL
  • Chemicals - Toxic Tort
  • Class Action
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - Bodily Injury
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Personal Injury
  • Coverage - Property
  • Criminal Law
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • General Liability - Coverage
  • Hospital Liens
  • Personal Injury - Coverage
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • PIP
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Standard Liability
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Third Party Liability
  • Toxic Torts