Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler, James Michael Shaw, Jr. practices in our casualty defense litigation, coverage defense, and extra-contractual claims departments. He also represents insurance intermediaries, including agents and brokers, in defense of error-and-omission claims. Since joining the firm in 2007, James has written and spoken on topics as diverse as insurance-intermediary liability and constitutional law.

James is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida; and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. In 2015, James was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa.


  • Oakland University
  • University of Miami, School of Law


  • American Bar Association
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
November 23, 2011 PUBLICATIONProximate Causation In Third-Party Bad Faith: Not Every Bad Decision Is A Bad-Faith Suit

James Michael Shaw Jr. is a senior associate with the law firm of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, which has offices in Tampa, Chicago, Charlotte, Mobile, Tallahassee, and Miami. He practices in the firm's Extra-Contractual, Third-Party Coverage and Liability Departments. Any commentary or opinions do not reflect the opinions of Butler or Mealey's. Copyright © 2011 by James Michael Shaw Jr. Responses are welcome.

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February 24, 2011 PUBLICATIONThe Duty to Initiate Settlement Negotiations: Where Does it Begin and How Far Does it Go

Editor's Note: James Michael Shaw, Jr., is a senior associate with the law  firm of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP with offices in Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, Mobile, Tallahassee,and Tampa. Mr. Shaw practices in the firm's Extra-Contractual,Third-Party Coverage,and Liability Departments. Mr.Shaw is also an adjunct professor at St.Petersburg College, teaching legal research and writing. Copyright 2011 by James Michael Shaw Jr. Responses are welcome

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May 13, 2010 PUBLICATION(Almost) Twenty Years After Powell: Case Studies On A Liability Insurer's Duty To Initiate Settlement Negotiations

This is one of a series of articles originally published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 24, #1 (May 13, 2010). © 2010 

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February 25, 2010 PUBLICATIONExtracontractual Recovery Without Bad Faith

This is one of a series of articles originally published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 23, #20 (Feburary 25, 2010). © 2010  

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June 01, 2012 EVENTPAF's 2012 Spring Seminar
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Advertising Injury - Coverage
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • Automobile Claims
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bad Faith
  • BI (Bodily Injury)
  • Bodily Injury - Coverage
  • Business Owner's - Coverage
  • CGL
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Contribution Claims
  • Coverage - Bodily Injury
  • Coverage - Business Owner's
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Personal Injury
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Disability Fraud
  • ERISA Claims
  • Error-and-Omission Claims
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Fraud
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • General Liability - Coverage
  • Government Law
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • Homeowner's - Coverage
  • Homeowner's - Insurance
  • Hospital Liens
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Inland Marine - Coverage
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Claims
  • Municipal Liability
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Security - Violent Crimes
  • Personal Injury - Coverage
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • PIP
  • Police Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Race Discrimination
  • Slander
  • Sovereign Immunity Issues
  • Standard Liability
  • Surety Bond
  • Theft
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Third Party Liability
  • UIM
  • UM
  • Underinsured Motorist
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims