R. Steven Rawls

R. Steven Rawls

Partner, Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP

Contact Info

Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP
One Harbour Place, Suite 500
777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 281-1900


Steve Rawls contributes articles to about liability insurance law as it applies to liability insurance.

As a partner with the Tampa, Florida, office of Butler Pappas, Mr. Rawls devotes his practice to extra-contractual matters, third-party liability coverage, and third-party liability defense.

Mr. Rawls is a frequent author, writing for publications including Mealey's Litigation Report: Bad Faith, For the Defense, CGL Reporter, DRI, Recurring Issues in Insurance Disputes: A Guide for Insurers and Insureds, and Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation. He has spoken about extra-contractual, contractual, and insurance issues at several client seminars. Among other engagements, he appeared as a featured speaker at the 1995 Additional Insured Endorsements and Contractual Indemnity Agreements seminar. In 2002 Mr. Rawls spoke as a panelist on mold measurement limitations at the annual ABA coverage meeting of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He has frequently spoken on the prevention and defense of "bad faith"/excess judgment claims, most recently speaking about time limit demands in a presentation entitled "Responding to Time Limit Demands with Conditions."

Mr. Rawls is a member of the Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association. Mr. Rawls graduated from the University of Florida College of Law.

Expert Commentary

Date Article
Jan 2012 Best Laid Plans: How the Definition of "Occurrence" in CGL Cases Continues To Change
Mar 2011 Do CGL Policies Cover "Rip and Tear" Expenses?
Aug 2010 "Arising Out of": How Strong Is the Connection?
May 2010 Invisible Ink: The Duty To Defend When There Is No Duty To Defend
Feb 2010 Lowered Expectation: How Courts Treat Expected Injury Exclusions
Nov 2009 The Duty To Defend: The Four(ish) Corners Rule
Aug 2009 What Satisfies the Self-Insured Retention?
May 2009 The Persistence of Indemnity
Feb 2009 CGL Insurance and the Question of Intent
Oct 2008 Coverage Trigger: Getting It Right for the Right Reason
Aug 2008 The Future Is Now: When Eventual Indemnity Obligations become Present Defense Obligations
May 2008 Variations on a Theme: When the Cause Theory Determines the Number of Occurrences
Feb 2008 The Burden To Allocate: Mine, Yours, or Ours?
Nov 2007 Insurance Law and Exclusion (m): It's Not Broken If You Can Fix It
Jul 2007 More Allocation Theories: Exhaustion
Apr 2007 Cover Me: The Subcontractor Exception to the Your [Completed] Work Exclusion
Feb 2007 The Scope of "Ongoing Operations" Additional Insured Endorsements: Broader Than Expected
Nov 2006 When Does Liability Coverage Exist for Mental Anguish without Bodily Injury?
Jul 2006 Pre-Tender Defense Costs: Who Pays?
Apr 2006 Are Products Advertisements That Give Rise to Advertising Injury Coverage?
Jan 2006 Allocation of Damages for Ongoing Losses over Multiple Policies: Who Pays and How Much?
Oct 2005 The Scope of the Prior Publication Exclusion: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Jul 2005 Insurers: Can You Get Your Defense Dollars Back?