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Roger N. Butler Jr.
Following his graduation from law school, Roger associated with the firm in 1989. His practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance bad faith and extra-contractual liability, insurance coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions, employment law and complex litigation. Roger is admitted to practice in Oklahoma state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma. He is also licensed to practice in Arkansas state courts, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas. Additionally, he is admitted to practice, and has argued cases before the United States Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Tulsa County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel (President, 2008), the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. Roger has been named an Oklahoma SuperLawyer for the past eleven years in the practice area of insurance coverage, and has received an AV Preeminent rating. A native Oklahoman, Roger is from Idabel. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Journalism degree in 1986, before receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1989, also from the University of Oklahoma.
Year Joined Firm
Areas of Practice
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Extra-Contractual Liability
- Insurance Coverage Disputes
- Declaratory Judgment Actions
- Coverage Opinions
- Professional Negligence
- Employment Law
- Mediation (Insurance Disputes Only)
- Complex Litigation
- Trade Winds Motor Hotel East, Inc. v. United National Insurance Company, Case No. CJ-2008-5677, Tulsa County District Court (Oklahoma)
As lead counsel, Roger tried to a defense verdict a contentious and complex first-party commercial property case which arose in 2010 under a United National Insurance Company (United National) commercial property policy issued to Trade Winds Motor Hotel East, Inc. (Trade Winds). Trade winds asserted breach of contract and bad faith claims against United National.
Trade Winds claimed contractual and extracontractual damages in excess of $6,000,000.00, as well as a punitive damage claim. Following the defense verdict, Trade Winds and United National reached a settlement with no exchange of money between them, and the case was dismissed with prejudice by Trade Winds.
SRM, Inc. v. Great American Insurance Company, 798 F.3d 1322 (10th Cir. 2015).
In a first impression case, the Tenth Circuit addressed whether excess insurers have a duty to initiate settlement negotiations, in regard to third-party claims. SRM, Inc. (SRM) argued that Great American Insurance Company (Great American) had such a duty pursuant to Badillo v. Mid-Century Insurance Co., 2005 OK 48, 121 P.3d 1080, which imposed that duty on primary insurers, under certain circumstances.
The Tenth Circuit rejected SRM’s contention, holding that Great American had no such duty primarily based upon the Great American policy language: “As the district court correctly concluded, the policy was unambiguous: Great American’s contractual duties to investigate, settle or defend claims against SRM did not kick in until SRM’s primary insurer exhausted its policy limits by actually paying claims.” The Tenth Circuit observed that this did not happen until the primary insurer paid its respective policy limits to settle the claims against SRM. “At that time, Great American fully discharged its contractual obligations by simultaneously contributing its policy limits towards settling the case.”
The Tenth Circuit also rejected SRM’s contention that a duty to initiate settlement negotiations could be imposed upon Great American pursuant to an implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, regardless of its contractual duties, concluding that the language of the Great American policy controlled.
Randy J. Maniloff, who edits Coverage Opinions, included this case as one of his top ten coverage cases of 2015. Coverage Opinions, Volume 4, Issue 12 (December 16, 2015).
- Oklahoma, 1989
- Arkansas, 1993
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1989
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1989
- U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1989
- U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1993
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1993
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1993
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1989
- University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
- Juris Doctorate - 1989
- University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
- B.A. - 1986
- Major: Journalism
- Global Indemnity Group
- Great American Insurance Company
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
- Mid-Continent Casualty Company
- Evanston Insurance Company
- Essex Insurance Company
- Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Arkansas Bar Association, Member
- Oklahoma Bar Association, Member
- Tulsa County Bar Association, Member
- Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, Member (President, 2008)
- International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
- Defense Research Institute, Member