Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler, George A. McMullin practices in our subrogation and recovery department. He devotes his practice primarily to the representation of insurance carriers in prosecution of subrogation claims against responsible third parties in various practice areas including tort liability, products liability, construction defects, subsidence litigation, materials failures, and fire spread litigation. His cases also cover indemnity claims, disputes regarding hurricane losses, and heavy equipment claims. 

Prior to joining Butler in 2004, George gained extensive experience with the defense of insurance carriers in the area of workers' compensation. He now uses that experience to represent workers' compensation insurance carriers in enforcing their lien rights in accordance with the applicable state worker's compensation laws.

Before joining the firm in 2004, George graduated from Florida State University College of Law in 2003. While attending Florida State, he was a member of the Florida State University College of Law Business Journal and a Student Member of The American Inns of Court.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • University of Miami
  • Florida State University College of Law

Courts

  • State Courts of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
May 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONAvoiding The Economic Loss Rule In Construction Claims

The Economic Loss Rule  was initially developed in the products liability context....

However, over the years, courts have used the product liability concepts created in the early cases interpreting the Rule to expand the Rule's application to include construction claims, which has created problems in applying the Rule in non-product liability claims. "[T]the troublesome cases discussing the dreaded economic loss rule have usually arisen in the field of construction."

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April 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONTort Reform Legislation in Alabama

This past legislative session, Alabama passed significant tort reform bills - something that has not been done since 1999. The legislative changes discussed below particularly affect subrogation rights and include changes to the laws affecting admission of expert testimony, product liability claims, and construction defect claims.

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October 14, 2010 PUBLICATIONWorkers' Compensation Lien Pursuant To §440.39(3)(A) Fla. Stat. Limited In Breadth

Under Florida's Workers' Compensation Statute, when an employee is injured in his/her Course and Scope of employment due to the negligence of a third party, the injured worker is able to pursue recovery for his/her injuries from the negligent third party; and the workers' compensation carrier is entitled to assert a lien in the amount of the benefits provided against any settlement or judgment obtained by the injured worker.

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July 08, 2010 PUBLICATIONArbitration of Construction Defect Claims

Arbitration Forums, Inc. and Construction Defects Claim Managers Associations (CDCMA) have begun a new joint project to develop a special arbitration forum related to certain construction defect claims. This joint project is intended to develop awareness that certain types of construction defect claims can be arbitrated through arbitration forums

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February 01, 2010 PUBLICATIONState Specific: North Carolina

This article was originally published in NASP's Subrogator publication, Winter 2010. © 2010.  Reprinted by permission.

Contact the authors for a full version of the article.

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April 01, 2006 PUBLICATIONRecent Change in Florida's Spoliation Law

Until 2003, Florida courts recognized an independent tort of spoliation for both first and third party claims. However, that all began to change with the Fourth District Court of Appeal's decision in Martino v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 835 So. 2d 1251 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003). In Martino, the plaintiffs filed a premises liability action against Wal-Mart, alleging that Mrs. Martino was injured while shopping at a Wal-Mart store when her shopping cart collapsed. Later, when Wal-Mart could not produce the shopping cart nor the security video that may have recorded the incident, the plaintiffs added a claim against Wal-Mart for spoliation of evidence. Wal-Mart filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiff's spoliation claim, which the trial court granted.

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October 01, 2005 PUBLICATIONFire Department Negligence Not Considered Intervening Cause in Franklin County, Ohio

This case involves a subrogation action following payments made by a commercial property carrier to its insured as a result of a fire that occurred at an insured apartment complex located in Franklin County, Ohio. The fire occurred on January 28, 2003, after one of the tenants in the apartment complex placed hot ashes from his fireplace into a cardboard box, and then left the box unattended inside of his unit. Approximately 30 minutes later, a fire ignited. The tenant quickly called the fire department, who responded and extinguished the fire. The fire damage was confined to the tenant's unit which suffered approximately $10,000 worth of damage.

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Events

October 28, 2014 EVENTNASP Webinar
NASP Webinar
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May 10, 2013 EVENTNASP Florida Southeast Region Chapter Meeting
NASP Florida Southeast Region Chapter Meeting
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November 13, 2012 EVENTPLRB/LIRB 2012 Central Regional Adjusters Conference
PLRB/LIRB 2012 Central Regional Adjusters Conference
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October 17, 2012 EVENTNASP Florida Chapter Meeting
NASP Florida Chapter Meeting
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September 05, 2012 EVENTPLRB/LIRB 2012 Western Regional Adjusters Conference
PLRB/LIRB 2012 Western Regional Adjusters Conference
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August 23, 2012 EVENTNASP Chapter Meeting
NASP Chapter Meeting
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June 26, 2012 EVENTPLRB/LIRB 2012 Eastern Regional Adjusters Conference
PLRB/LIRB 2012 Eastern Regional Adjusters Conference
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October 21, 2011 EVENTNASP Webinar
NASP Webinar
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January 20, 2011 EVENTNASP Florida Chapter Webinar
NASP Florida Chapter Webinar
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation
  • Subrogation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Federal Multi-District Litigation
  • Subrogation - Large Loss
  • Heavy Equipment Claims