J. Tyler Butts


  • Overview


    J. Tyler Butts represents the insurance industry in complex first-party property insurance coverage litigation throughout the country, with a focus on litigation concerning allegations of bad faith and other extra-contractual claims. He is part of the firm's Litigation Section and a member of the firm's Insurance + Reinsurance Group.

    Mr. Butts has been involved in property coverage disputes in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, California, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Butts routinely litigates high-exposure claims arising from a wide variety of insurance lines, including commercial property, business interruption and extra expense, builder’s risk, boiler and machinery, liability, and high net-worth homeowners. Mr. Butts also has extensive experience representing Write-Your-Own insurance carriers in litigation brought under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Butts worked with a national law firm on securities and probate litigation as well as on complex class action matters. Mr. Butts is a frequent author and contributor to Robinson + Cole’s Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog.

    Mr. Butts has been listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Insurance Coverage for 2015 and 2016 and in General Litigation for 2013 and 2014 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Obtained a significant jury verdict for an insurance company client following a nine-day trial in Connecticut federal court. The case arose out of a series of property insurance claims made in 2011, after a significant water loss was followed by a total fire loss at the plaintiff's home. We defended the case based on the insurance policy's concealment or fraud provision and also asserted counterclaims for breach of contract and fraud. The plaintiff sought approximately $2 million while our client counterclaimed for the money it paid the plaintiff prior to discovering the fraud. The jury found against the plaintiff on the breach of contract claim and found for our client on its counterclaims for fraud and misrepresentation. Our client was awarded $330,000 in damages.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Hartford County Bar Association

      Defense Research Institute

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Service Award Recipient, 2013

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Insurance Coverage for 2015 and 2016 and in General Litigation for 2013 and 2014 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "First 100," 2013

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Civics First
      Board of Directors
    • Publications


      "The Faulty Workmanship Exclusion," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Gerald P. Dwyer Jr. (11/26/12)

      "Recent Developments Concerning the Faulty Work Exclusion in the Construction Defect Context," published in New Appleman on Insurance, co-authored with Gerald P. Dwyer Jr. (Fall 2013)

      "The Scope of Civil Authority Provisions in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy," published in For the Defense, a publication of the Defense Research Institute (April 2013)

      "Unfamiliar Territory: Preparing for Your First Out-of-State Appeal," published in Appellate Practice, the newsletter of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation (Fall 2012)

      "Removal of Covered Class Actions Under SLUSA: The Failure of Plain Meaning and Legislative Intent as Interpretative Devices, and the Supreme Court's Decisive Solution," published in 1 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 169 (2010)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      • September 1, 2015

        Three Hartford Office Lawyers Elected to Executive Committee of CBA's YLS

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      • May 19, 2014

        Hartford Lawyers Coach Students to Present Simulated Trial

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      • May 14, 2014

        Robinson+Cole's Appellate Group Wins Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Department of the Year Award

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      • June 25, 2013

        J. Tyler Butts Joins Board of Civics First

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      • May 21, 2013

        Insurance Litigation Lawyers Mentor Students at Law Day Festivities

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      • April 19, 2013

        J. Tyler Butts Pens Hurricane Sandy Article for DRI’s For The Defense

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      • January 23, 2013

        Connecticut Law Tribune quotes Robinson & Cole's Pro Bono Work

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      • January 7, 2013

        J. Tyler Butts Writes Article on How Young Attorneys Can Prepare for Out-of-State Appeals

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      • December 20, 2012

        Insurance Litigation Attorneys Write Article on How Courts are Interpreting Faulty Workmanship Exclusion for Connecticut Law Tribune

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • November 21, 2013

        Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Names Six Robinson & Cole Lawyers Among its “First 100”

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      • November 7, 2013

        Connecticut Legal Services Honors Robinson & Cole for Pro Bono Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program

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      • May 7, 2012

        R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy

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      • April 6, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes 10 New Attorneys

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