Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

As a Senior Associate at Butler in our Tampa office, Timothy R. Engelbrecht has been with the firm since 2008. Timothy defends insurance companies against first-party property breach of contract lawsuits and declaratory judgment actions for insurance coverage. These lawsuits often involve claims of water, fire, storm, or sinkhole damage at residential or commercial properties.

Timothy defends insurance companies against extra-contractual claims and has handled matters pertaining to insurance compliance and reporting, construction defects, workers compensation, and employment law.

Timothy earned a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Timothy attended the University of Notre Dame's Summer Law Programme in London where he studied carriage of goods by sea and the law of the European Union. Prior to this, Timothy earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Prior to joining Butler, Timothy served as Staff Attorney (judicial law clerk) for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.


  • Florida
  • Minnesota


  • Four CALI Awards for achieving the highest grade in Property, Torts, Insurance Law, and National Security Law


  • St. Norbert College
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Hamline University School of Law
    Doctorate of Jurisprudence


  • The Florida Bar


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
September 27, 2012 PUBLICATIONThe Troubles Of Trafalgar : Bad Faith In the Absence Of Breach Of Contract

How can a first-party insurer be legally liable for insurance ‘‘bad faith'' if it has already been found not to be liable for breach of the insurance contract? According to at least one Florida appellate court, by paying an Appraisal Award timely.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Admiralty - Coverage
  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • Bad Faith
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Collections - Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Property
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Homeowner's - Coverage
  • Homeowner's - Insurance
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Property Insurance
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Workers' Compensation