Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Since joining the Tampa office of Butler in 2013, William B. Collum, a Senior Associate, has focused his practice on First-Party Property Coverage and related Extra-Contractual issues. He has litigation experience in arson and fraud, homeowner property coverage, commercial property coverage, and first-party extra-contractual litigation. William graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2008. He then received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2013.

Admissions

  • Florida

Recognitions

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi legal honor society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Victor O. Whele Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Education

  • Stetson University
    Bachelor of Arts in political science
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Tampa Bay

Courts

  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)
  • Florida State Courts
May 01, 2015 PUBLICATIONDefining Structual Damage: The Eleventh Circuit Rules

Section 627.706, Florida Statutes, has not always required "structural damage" as part of a "sinkhole loss." Until 2005, the statute required "actual physical damage to the property." The 2005 amendment to section 627.706 narrowed the damage requirement to "structural damage to the building" but left "structural damage" undefined. In 2011, the legislature codified five criteria that individually define "structural damage." See § 627.706(2)(k), Fla. Stat.

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September 30, 2012 PUBLICATIONThe High Hurdle to a Spoliation Claim: Is the Evidence Crucial?

From moldy lunch boxes to deformed 2x4s, determining what paper, electronic data, materials, tools, and equipment might be relevant to a pending construction-related claim, and require preservation, is a daunting task. The problem is compounded once construction is completed and the project is turned over to the owner while a claim related to the project is pending (or in some instances, contemplated). In the midst of cleaning the job site, evidence related to the claim can oftentimes be discarded and forever lost.

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Events

January 17, 2018 EVENTWindstorm Insurance Conference - Commercial Claim Boot Camp: A Guide to Handling Commercial Windstorm Claims

William Collum from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig will be presenting in Orlando, FL at the Windstorm Insurance Conference on the topic of "Commercial Claim Boot Camp: A Guide to Handling Commercial Windstorm Claims".

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March 08, 2017 EVENT39TH ANNUAL FACAP TRAINING CONFERENCE - Strategies for Ensuring Efficient & Effective Examinations Under Oath in Fire Claims

William Collum spoke at the FACAP Annual Conference in March.

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January 29, 2017 EVENT18TH ANNUAL WINDSTORM INSURANCE CONFERENCE - Duties After Loss: Viewpoints from Insured and from Insurer Across Different Loss Scenarios

William Collum presented at the 18th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference.

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August 25, 2016 EVENTMeet Your New Best Friend: Documentation & Communication in a Fire Claim

Continuing education on File Documentation & Communications regarding Fire Claims.

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November 04, 2015 EVENTFlorida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) Seminar at the Fire College

Jerry Albrecht and William Collum presented at the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) Seminar

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April 17, 2014 EVENTTampa Insurance Professionals Business Meeting

2014 Florida Insurance Legislation Update

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Arson
  • Bad Faith
  • Civil Remedy Notices
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Sinkholes
  • Construction Defect Litigation - Subsidence
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Homeowner's
  • Coverage - Property
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Fraud
  • Hurricane Losses
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Structural Collapse
  • Theft