Of Counsel at Butler, Sean P. Ravenel specializes in large loss subrogation and self-insured recovery. He brings his knowledge and experience to a diverse cases including material failures, hurricane losses, heavy equipment claims, trucking, product liability, and structural collapse. He is adept at handling complex multi-party subrogation matters.
Sean’s prior work experience includes several years in the mineral mining industry. He also spent time serving the United States Marine Corps and working with the U.S. Department of State. He served as an intern with the Florida Supreme Court while attending law school.
Sean practices primarily in Florida. However, beyond the state of Florida, Sean also handles losses and claims across the country in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, and other parts of the Southeast.
Sean regularly gives presentations on subrogation recovery topics. He speaks to various subrogation and insurance professionals, sharing his valuable knowledge and insights from working extensively in this specialization.
He is also the author of several articles published by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, The Federal Lawyer, and the Florida Bar News. His pieces address a diverse range of topics from professionalism in legal education to Florida’s rejection of the Sutton Rule.
- University of LaVerne
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Stetson University College of Law
- American Bar Association
- Florida Bar Association
- Florida Chapter of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), Chair
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- All State Courts of Florida
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
July 08, 2010
PUBLICATIONFlorida Again Rejects the Sutton Rule
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In Florida, like nearly all jurisdictions, an insurer may not pursue subrogation against its own insured. But when a tenant causes damage to its landlord's property, is the tenant treated as a presumptive "co-insured" under the landlord's property insurance policy? The answer, at least in Florida, is "it depends."
October 01, 2004
PUBLICATIONForcing the Issue: Virginia Courts Begin to Expand Recoveries in Tort Between Parties to a Contract
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When subrogating against an adverse party having a contractual relationship with your insured, it is routine to face the argument that your damages are barred by the economic loss rule. Most jurisdictions have carved out an exception to the sometimes harsh results that can flow from the operation of this rule. One such exception is the “other property” exception, which typically allows for tort recovery when the damaged “other property” is not a subject of the contract.
November 01, 2002
PUBLICATIONThe Contagion of Example: Attacking the Root of the Problem in Lawyer Professionalism
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Now is the time to stop talking and start acting! In the legal professionalism debate, many scholars hope, through their own unique contributions, to spark some universal epiphany that will initiate pervasive change. But a workable solution remains amorphous; the context of the problem is in constant flux and scholars feel the need to continually approach it in a “modernized” framework. Admittedly, unique perspective is an important tool for learning the intricacies of any problem, but incessantly approaching an old problem with fresh insight becomes tiresome and counterproductive . . . especially when there is no evidence of change. If we continue to merely discuss professionalism, then we will remain mired in tautology disguised as intellectual insight.