THE FIRM Sources agree that this well-known Texas firm is a leader in representing insurance companies in a range of high-profile coverage disputes. Much of the practice's recent focus has been in catastrophe and weather-related event litigation allied with insurance growth in Texas and on the Gulf Coast. The BP oil spill has also enabled the firm to maintain high levels of activity in catastrophe insurance on behalf of carriers. Thanks to a presence in Dallas, Houston and Austin, the firm continues to be a key player in the Texas insurance market, and is able to deal with regulatory and transactional issues as well as dispute resolution.
Sources say: "Top-notch carrier-side lawyers who fully deserve recognition."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Brian Martin maintains a fine reputation in the field as "an excellent lawyer with a robust book of business representing carriers." He has taken a lead on the team's activity in a range of coverage issues arising from Chinese Drywall matters.
Rodrigo Garcia is also heavily involved in Chinese Drywall work. Peers note him as an impressive and emerging presence in the field, who is coming into the limelight for positive reasons as a strong coverage lawyer.
Coverage litigator Roger Higgins has played a key role in a range of coverage disputes arising from hurricane, flood and storm losses. Commentators identify him as "a very good coverage lawyer who is involved in some big, important matters."
The "very well-respected" Richard Geiger remains an active and experienced part of Thompson Coe's coverage litigation team.
On the insurance regulatory side, Will Davis is another deeply experienced member of the practice. Interviewees agree that he is "the dean of all regulatory attorneys in Texas," and "has the sort of style any client would be well served and proud of."
Jay Thompson is recognized as a genuine go-to for insurance regulatory work, and enjoys a healthy reputation. He is deeply respected among peers and sources describe him as "very academic and very knowledgeable" in the full range of regulatory issues.