Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Janice C. Buchman is a Partner with Butler in our Tampa office. She practices in First-Party Coverage matters and Bad Faith, with significant experience handling claims arising from hurricanes, floods, mold, pollution, builder’s risk, fraud, theft, fire and arson, collapses, earth movement, cargo losses, and business income losses. Janice also has extensive experience in the construction arena, including representing general contractors and subcontractors as well as suppliers of building components in construction defect litigations. She also handles Extra-Contractual and Appellate cases, and has experience representing insurance companies in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

Janice graduated from The Dickinson School of Law (now a part of Pennsylvania State University) with her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. During law school, she was a member of the Law Review and the Trial Moot Court Board. In 1985, she received her Master of Laws in trade regulation from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Janice served as in-house counsel with a large construction management company, and was in private practice specializing in general civil litigation. She also served as a mediator in court-ordered civil cases and insurance matters, and served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and the American Arbitration Association.

Before moving to Florida, Janice practiced law in New York. Today, she is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.


  • Florida
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • New York University School of Law
    Master of Laws


  • Florida Bar Association (FBA)
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)


  • Florida Courts (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts)
March 28, 2013 PUBLICATIONWho Is Entitled to the Claims File?

The United States Supreme Court has recognized the "attorney-client privilege" as "one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications," the purpose of which is to encourage "full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and the administration of justice."

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January 31, 2013 PUBLICATION‘Bad-Faith' Discovery: Claim Files, Training Materials, Personnel Files, And The Kitchen Sink

A recent discovery order in the federal court case of Signature Development, LLC v. Mid-Continental Casualty Company is illustrative of our liberal discovery. Note, this liability insurer has yet to be found liable or guilty of any wrongdoing.  Signature alleges, however, that the corporate defendant insurer breached the contract of insurance, committed ‘‘bad-faith,'' breached its fiduciary duty to its insured, committed unfair trade practices, intentionally inflicted emotional distress and vexatiously refused to pay. Based upon these allegations alone, the court addressed the scope and burden of discovery. 

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August 23, 2012 PUBLICATIONScary Stuff: Insurance Claim Files And Exceptions To The Attorney-Client Privilege

Are all attorney-client communications contained in such claim files that were thought to be confidential now discoverable because the insurer lost the underlying first-party claim, litigation, or appeal

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Blog Posts

February 27, 2020 BLOG POSTBlack History Month | Katherine Johnson and Charles Drew

In the last part of our miniseries highlighting several prominent African-American figures in history, we take a look at the lives of Katherine Johnson and Dr. Charles Drew.

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February 21, 2020 BLOG POSTBlack History Month | Serena Williams & Eliud Kipchoge

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be taking a look at some important African-American figures that have impacted American culture. This week, we will take a look at athletes Serena Williams and Eliud Kipchoge.

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February 14, 2020 BLOG POSTBlack History Month | Ella Baker & Mary Mcleod Bethune

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be taking a look at some important African-American figures that have impacted American culture. This week, we will take a look at social advocates Ella Baker and Mary Mcleod Bethune.

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January 17, 2020 BLOG POSTIn Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watch our video celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...

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February 28, 2014 EVENTCLM's 2014 Insurance Bad Faith Committee Mini-Conference

Post-Suit Claims: The Cart Before the Horse and Something in Between

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January 25, 2013 EVENTCLM 2013 Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference

Appraisal: Should I Stay or Should I Go? New Considerations in the Era of Bad Faith

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March 08, 2019 NEWSInternational Women's Day - 2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, we've gathered several of our female attorneys to discuss various important female figures in US history.

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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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