Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Katelyn Mae Ferry, a Senior Associate at Butler, works in our Tampa office. She practices in First-Party Property Coverage, specializing in arson, fraud, and coverage defense cases.  Some of her case types include civil remedy notices, homeowner’s coverage, property coverage, insurance fraud, and theft.  Katelyn also has a wide array of experience in topics such as coverage law and commercial and complex liability litigation.

During her studies at the Stetson University College of Law, Katelyn received numerous awards. At the Willem C. Vis Moot, she helped write the Best Claimant's Memorandum and received honorable mention for her team's Respondent Memorandum. She also received the Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award as a distinguished student in the subject of elder law just prior to graduating in 2012.

She holds a license to practice law in Florida State Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District and Middle District of Florida.

Admissions

  • Florida

Recognitions

  • Bay Area Legal Services Pro Bono Award
  • Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award
  • Phi Delta Phi legal honor society

Education

  • University of Central Florida
    Bachelor of Science in Political Science
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • 2014-2015 HCBA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE CLASS GRADUATE
  • 2014-2016 HCBA Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair
  • 2015-2016 HCBA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE CO-CHAIR
  • 2015–2017 The Florida Bar Lapel Pin Recipient for Pro-Bono Service
  • 2017–2018 HCBA YLD Liaison to the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation
  • Executive Director of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court Pro-Bono Committee
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The Florida Bar

Courts

  • Florida Courts (Middle District)
  • Florida Courts (Southern District)
  • Florida State Courts

Blog Posts

July 17, 2017 BLOG POSTThe Innocent Co-Insured: Underestimating Definite and Indefinite Articles

Four little words—a, an, any, and the—can mean a world of a difference with respect to coverage for an innocent co-insured.  A federal judge (applying Florida law) recently ruled that “that the phrase ‘any insured’ unambiguously expresses a contractual intent to create joint obligations.” Stettin v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburg, PA, 2017 WL 2858768 (11th Cir., July 5, 2017) (emphasis added).  The Settin Court solidified a prior U.S District Court for the Southern District of Florida case, which held that an intentional loss provision precluded coverage for even innocent co-insureds when the intentional loss provision contained language prohibiting coverage for intentional acts by any insured.

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July 07, 2016 BLOG POSTA Look at an Insured's Post-Loss Duty to Cooperate: Exactly How Much Cooperation is Necessary?

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that an insurer is entitled to summary judgment when its insured fails to abide with the policy’s cooperation clause, a condition precedent to filing suit.

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December 10, 2015 BLOG POSTCourts are for Coverage; Appraisals are for Amount

This case provides valuable guidance regarding an insurer’s ultimate claim decision.  Even if an insurer denies a portion of the claim for lack of coverage, it can still compel appraisal or be forced into appraisal by the insured.  Notwithstanding appraisal, an insurer may still find itself in court over a coverage issue regarding an appraiser’s ultimate decision as to the amount and causes of loss.

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Spotlights

April 06, 2016 SPOTLIGHTKatelyn Desrosiers, Jacob Hanson & Dining with Dignity

The last time I volunteering, I was talking to a woman who was there with her toddler.  I asked her if she came to the Café often.  She responded that she does not come very often, but when money gets tight at the end of the month, she visits the Café to provide a meal for her and her son.

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News

July 09, 2018 NEWSKatelyn Ferry named Florida Trend's Legal Elite Up & Comer for 2018

The Florida Legal Elite is an annual recognition issued by the Florida Trend. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys with whom they hold the highest regards. The entire list represents only 1.2 percent of active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida!

Katelyn was named as one of the Legal Elite Up & Comers for Florida Trend Magazine this year!  Way to go Katelyn!

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March 08, 2018 NEWSInternational Women's Day

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."

-Sheryl Sanberg

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January 10, 2018 NEWSOUR NEWEST SENIOR ASSOCIATE!

Join us in celebrating our newest Senior Associate! Congratulations to Katelyn Ferry in Tampa!

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June 12, 2017 NEWSKatelyn Mae Ferry, Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation

Congratulations to Attorney Katelyn Mae Ferry for being appointed as the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Liaison to the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation (HCBF).  She will sit on the board of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) YLD as the direct communication line to the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation.  

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June 02, 2015 NEWSButler Attorneys Complete Bar Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Jacob Hanson and Katelyn Desrosiers for completing the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute (BLI).

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Arson
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Property
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Theft