Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

William B. Collum is a Senior Associate with Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP representing insurers in all aspects of first-party commercial and homeowners’ property coverage issues and extra-contractual “bad faith” issues.  William handles issues at all stages of claim investigation, including conducting Examinations Under Oath and sworn statements.   William also provides advice to insurers concerning suspected or actual fraud issues in first-party property claims.  William has litigation experience in a variety of commercial and homeowner first-party property claims, including first-party extra-contractual “bad faith” litigation. 

William received his Bachelors of Arts degree in political science, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Stetson University.  William received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law.  William was a member of Stetson University College of Law’s nationally-recognized Moot Court Board where William participated in moot court competitions across the nation.  William also was awarded the Victor O. Whele Award for excellence in trial advocacy.

William is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida and the federal Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.

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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Blog Posts

September 06, 2018 BLOG POSTFull Consent to Assignments

Consent Not Fully Given: Fourth District Court of Appeal Enforces Policy Provision Requiring Consent of All Insureds and Mortgagees to Any Assignment of Benefits

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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 presented 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