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(813) 281-1900


777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, Florida


Practice Areas

  • Reinsurance
  • Subrogation & Recovery


  • University of Florida
  • University of Tennessee
Scott S. Katz is a Partner at Butler Pappas.

He served as the firm's Managing Partner between 1997 and 2001. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the University of Florida in 1984 and Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1987. He was a member of the University of Tennessee Law Review, and he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Florida. While in law school, Scott served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable David J. Torbett, ALJ, for the United States Department of the Interior.

Scott is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, as well as in the Federal Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. In addition to practicing throughout Florida, Scott has handled cases in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.

Scott's practice focuses on large, complex subrogation claims, where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants. Scott also works on insurance coverage disputes and casualty defense cases. He handles a wide range of matters including complex business disputes, general tort claims, professional malpractice, construction litigation, environmental damage, and product liability losses. Much of Scott's work involves multi-party litigation relating to significant property losses, contract disputes, construction mishaps, chemical contamination, and product failures. Scott has been lead counsel in over thirty jury trials and numerous non-jury trials involving such matters.

Representative Cases

  • Electroecuador, Inc. vs. General Electric Co. (subrogation arbitration proceeding concerning a warranty claim arising from a defective gas powered turbine. Damages exceeded $3.55 million.)
  • ERT 163rd Street Mall, LLC, et. al. v. Florida Power & Light Co. (subrogation lawsuit arising from an explosion and fire involving power system transformers and high voltage cabling. Damages exceeded $4.0 million.)
  • Jabil Circuit, Inc. et al., v. Speedline Technologies, Inc. (subrogation, product liability lawsuit arising from a fire caused by the defective design of an industrial washer machine. Damages exceeded $6.1 million.)
  • Leggett & Platt, Inc. v. LeMaster Steel Erectors, Inc., et al. (subrogation lawsuit arising from fire loss due to negligent welding operations during construction of a building-structure. Damages exceeded $10.5 million.)
  • Lockheed Martin Corp., et. al. v. Weeks Realty Ltd. Partnership (subrogation lawsuit arising from a roof collapse due to various construction defects. Damages exceeded $7.0 million.) 
  • Santa Rosa County, et. al. v. Centex-Rooney Constuction Co., Inc., (subrogation lawsuit arising from roof damage due to construction defects revealed during Hurricane Ivan. Damages exceeded $5.3 million.)

Extended Biography

Scott frequently lectures on a variety of topics. Throughout the years, he has led seminars concerning all aspects of large loss subrogation; spoliation of evidence; the economic loss rule; professional ethics; and insurance coverage. Scott has presented the following seminars: Get the Money: Ethically (DRI Property Law Seminar, Feb. 2000); Subrogation Ethics (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2000); The Yellow Brick Road to Recovering the Green: Handling Subrogated Windstorm Claims (Florida Windstorm Association's Annual Conference, Feb. 2001); Why Are They Taking My Deposition? (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2001); Insights Into What The Defense Is Thinking (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2001); Fire Scene Spoliation (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2002); Practical Advice for Handling the Complex Property Loss Within the Self-Insured Retention (ABA TTIPS Annual Meeting, Aug. 2003); Daubert/Frye: Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid... Or NOT, If You Are Prepared (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2004); Subrogating Hurricane Claims (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2006); Direct and Cross-Examination of the Carrier's Damage Adjuster (NASP Litigation Skills Conference, March 2007); Daubert in the 21st Century and Computer Simulation (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2007); Large Loss Subrogation Potpourri (ABA Property Insurance Loss Committee's 2007 Spring Meeting); The Inner Workings of the Subrogation Department: An In-Depth Symposium (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2008); Spoliation and Subrogation (FACAP's 31st Annual Training Seminar, Nov. 2008); Subrogating Wind Damages (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2009); AIA Subrogation Waivers: Current Trends and Creative Solutions (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2010); Effective Methods for Conducting Direct and Cross Examinations of Expert Witnesses at Trial (NASP Litigation Skills Conference, March 2011); The Made Whole Rule in Property Subrogation Cases (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2011); Spoliation of Evidence (CEU Institute, Dec. 2011); The Made Whole rule in Property Subrogation Cases (9th Annual National Property Subrogation Strategies ExecuSummit, April. 2012); Using Ethics to Maximize Recoveries (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2012); Effective Motion Practice in a Fire Case (NASP Litigation Skills Conference, March 2013); Handling Property Subrogation Claims:  Ethically Speaking (10th Annual National Property Subrogation Strategies ExecuSummit, April 2013); and The Made Whole Rule in Property Subrogation Cases:  Lessons Learned from the World Trade Center Litigation (NASP Annual Conference, Nov. 2013; and 11th Annual National Property Subrogation Strategies ExecuSummit, April 2014).

Scott is a member of several professional organizations including the Defense Research Institute (DRI); the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) of the American Bar Association; the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP); Loss Executives Association (LEA); and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He was the Property Track Leader for the 2003 NASP Annual Convention, and he was the Conference Co-Chair for the 2004 NASP Annual Conference. Scott served as the Chair for the 2005 NASP Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. He also served as the Specialty Track Leader for the 2006 NASP Annual Conference.

Scott has also published the Subrogation portion of Insuring Real Property, Matthew Bender, 1989; Spoilage of Evidence - Crimes, Sanctions, Inferences and Torts, Tort and Insurance Law Journal, Fall 1993; Fire Scene Spoliation: Have We Gone Too Far? For The Defense, DRI Magazine, June 2002; Spoliation As Bad Faith, Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, September 2002; New Florida Law Changes Procedure For Making Claims Against Contractors for Construction Defects, NASP Subrogator, February 2004; Spoliation of Evidence: Limiting the Duty to Preserve, NASP Subrogator, Winter 2005; Florida's Supreme Court Finally Brings Clarity to the Economic Loss Rule, NASP Subrogator, Spring/Summer 2005; Florida's Made Whole Doctrine: Returning A Portion of the Insured's Deductible Is Permissible For Now!, NASP Subrogator, Spring/Summer 2005; New Amendments to Florida Law for Making Claims Against Contractors For Construction Defects, NASP Subrogator, Spring/Summer 2005; Subrogating Hurricane Claims, NASP Subrogator, Winter 2007; Florida's Legislature Abolishes Joint and Several Liability, NASP Subrogator, Winter 2007; Florida Legislature AGAIN Changes the Requirements for Making a Construction Defect Claim, NASP Subrogator, Winter 2007; Daubert in the 21st Century and Computer Simulation, NASP Subrogator, Spring/Summer 2008; AIA Subrogation Waivers: Reason Reigns Supreme In Maryland, Claims Magazine, November 2010; Does the "Case-by-Case" Approach in Florida Apply Only On a Case-by-Case Basis?, NASP Subrogator, Winter 2012; Proving Lost Profits In a Subrogation Case: It's No Easy Matter, NASP Subrogator, Winter 2013; Florida Supreme Court Limits Economic Loss Rule to Products Liability Claims, NASP Subrogator, Spring/Summer 2013; and Stuck Between a Collapsed Wall and a Hard Place: The Failure to Establish the "Standard of Care" in a Negligence Claim, NASP Subrogator, Spring/Summer 2013.



Case Types

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • BI (Business Interruption)
  • Catastrophic Recovery Coordination
  • Church Organizations
  • Collections - Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation - Collections
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Drainage
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Earth Movement
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Roof
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Structure Failures
  • Contribution Claims
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Employment Law
  • Engineering Malpractice
  • Explosions
  • Federal Multi-District Litigation
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation
  • Fidelity
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Malpractice - Architecture
  • Malpractice - Engineering
  • Material Failures
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Products Liability - Equipment Losses
  • Products Liability - Pipe Failures
  • Professional Malpractice - Accounting
  • Professional Malpractice - Engineering/Architecture
  • Professional Malpractice - Surveyor
  • Sovereign Immunity Issues
  • Structural Collapse
  • Subrogation
  • Subrogation - Large Loss
  • Trucking