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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout policyholder practice with an experienced team of insurance experts. Regularly handles major coverage litigation and arbitrations. Third-party liability and first-party property disputes regularly feature in the team's workload. Broad client roster includes financial services, energy and construction companies.

Strengths A client reports: "I am impressed with the teams I have worked with at Haynes and Boone. They are in tune with their client's needs and I can rest assured that they will take care of my legal issues."

Another source praises: "The firm has in-depth knowledge of both insurance coverage and liability issues," going on to add: "Their coordination of resources provides seamless representation."

Work highlights Acted as coverage counsel for a regional hotel management and construction company facing arbitration proceedings. The matter involved misrepresentation and construction defect claims in relation to a hotel renovation.

Represented a healthcare management and service provider in a coverage dispute with their E&O insurer. The matter arose from underlying professional liability litigation brought by a former client of the company.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Ernest Martin is held in high regard for his extensive knowledge across the insurance market. He regularly handles complex coverage disputes for policyholder clients, including property damage, business interruption and professional liability matters. One impressed client comments: "He is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He is devoted to his clients' interests, extremely knowledgeable and very responsive."

Micah Skidmore is "extraordinarily knowledgeable, responsive and solution-oriented," according to sources. He represents policyholder clients in complex coverage disputes across a range of industry sectors including healthcare and construction.

The "very well respected" Werner Powers handles an array of coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders. His areas of expertise include environmental cleanup, business interruption and professional liability matters.

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Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP - Insurance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team of trial lawyers with extensive knowledge of a variety of coverage issues. Also offers top-level noncontentious advice to carriers and has strong credentials in bad faith, reinsurance and subrogation claims. Recognized for its expertise in first and third-party matters.

Strengths One peer comments: "They are a terrific firm," as another adds: "They are well regarded on the carrier side."

Notable practitioners

Christopher Martin is "extremely well regarded" by market sources, who also highlight him as "one of the best lawyers in the state." He represents clients in a broad range of complex insurance disputes.

David Disiere handles an array of insurance litigation, including bad faith and coverage disputes. One source refers to him as "a knowledgeable and respected practitioner."

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The insurance practice group of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP is one of the premiere insurance coverage and bad faith litigation firms in Texas and its lawyers have tried more bad faith cases to verdict over the past decade than any firm in the nation. Our lawyers literally “wrote the book” on Texas insurance litigation. Repeatedly over the past decade, the lawyers with our firm helped shape important aspects of Texas insurance law on trial and in appeal.

We are trial lawyers known for our ability to win coverage and bad faith cases in Texas and other jurisdictions. From the claim stage to an appeal, we have the expertise the insurance industry repeatedly turns to for assistance. At the claim stage, we provide our clients with objective interpretations of a wide variety of insurance contracts. When disputes arise, we routinely prosecute and defend coverage lawsuits across Texas and in other jurisdictions as well.

When our clients are alleged to have committed bad faith, or other extra-contractual allegations, our firm is regularly retained to defend those allegations and, if necessary, to win those cases at trial. When litigation is inevitable and our clients want to maximize their chances of winning, they know our lawyers have an unparalleled track record of winning coverage and bad faith cases at the courthouse.

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Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP - Insurance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Expert group that regularly represents insurers in high-stakes coverage and bad faith litigation as well as in class actions and mass torts. Demonstrates enviable bench strength, fielding attorneys experienced in advising on regulatory and legislative concerns, as well as the corporate aspects of insurance. Acts for an impressive roster of leading clients in the Texas insurance market.

Strengths A client reports: "We have received excellent legal service from Thompson Coe and its lawyers. They have been very responsive to our needs, are experts in property and casualty insurance, and have a keen understanding of the legislative process in Texas."

Work highlights Represented U.S. Fire Insurance, as excess insurer, in an allocation and reimbursement dispute with primary insurers and insured parties. The underlying claim arose from repair costs allegedly caused by defective construction.

Defended Allstate Insurance against hundreds of catastrophic coverage claims arising from hail and windstorm damage.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Brian Martin represents insurer clients in trial work and coverage disputes. He offers notable strength in D&O, toxic tort and bad faith litigation. Sources comment: "He has a robust practice, is well regarded and is a go-to lawyer."

Jay Thompson specializes in handling a broad range of regulatory and legislative matters on behalf of clients in the insurance market. One pleased client comments: "Jay is an expert in his field, very professional, and frankly, fun to work with."

Ellen Van Meir is well regarded in the insurance market and handles a range of coverage disputes. Her areas of expertise include bad faith and liability matters. Peers comment: "She is always a very good opponent and you must be very well prepared against her."

Roger Higgins acts on behalf on insurer clients across a wide range of coverage disputes. He handles catastrophic damage, fraud defenses and class action matters.

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Thompson Coe is the largest firm in Texas and the Southwest devoted to representing insurers on a broad spectrum of topics, and is repeatedly at the forefront of resolving issues critical to the insurance industry.  Unlike other firms, Thompson Coe provides representation on not just coverage and litigation, but also class action, regulatory, legislative, corporate and transactional matters.  The firm has established itself as an authority in the insurance field by being a major contributor of continuing education/continuing legal education programs for clients and other attorneys.  Their continued success in all areas of insurance law is attributable to the diverse breadth and depth of experience of its attorneys, who efficiently and effectively handle cases involving:

  • Bad faith
  • Stowers  issues
  • Mass torts
  • Reinsurance disputes
  • Class actions
  • Contractual and extra-contractual obligations
  • Regulatory and enforcement actions

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Cooper & Scully PC - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dedicated litigation experts with an insurance practice of significant breadth and depth, handling claims on behalf of carriers as well as corporate policyholders. Experienced in numerous areas of coverage, including professional liability, D&O and property and casualty issues. Further highlighted for its strong appellate bench.

Strengths Peers report: "They are an incredible firm," with one adding: "They are very well regarded."

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant" Brent Cooper is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge" across the insurance market. He handles complex coverage dispute matters as well as appellate litigation.

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Foley Gardere - Insurance Department

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第二等

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Shidlofsky Law Firm PLLC - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected boutique equipped to handle complex litigation and risk management solutions on behalf of major policyholders. Regularly deals with cases in both state and federal courts, particularly insurance disputes arising from construction defects.

Strengths Sources comment: "The firm is well regarded on the policyholder side," with one reporting: "They are highly respected."

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Lee Shidlofsky is "extremely well regarded," according to market sources. He is noted for his strength as a litigator, with significant experience handling a range of insurance disputes.

Douglas Skelley assists clients in a variety of insurance litigation matters. He regularly represents policyholder clients in first-party property, product liability and construction defect disputes.

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Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, LLP - Insurance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected Dallas firm with a focus on insurance, highly regarded for its carrier work. Handles a range of personal and commercial insurance issues, as well as excess and reinsurance matters. Experience includes bad faith and general liability claims, as well as insurance mediations.

Notable practitioners

Beth Bradley is described as a "wonderful lawyer" by market sources. She handles complex insurance litigation, including coverage and appellate matters.

John Tollefson is held in high regard by peers, who highlight him as a "great lawyer." He is an experienced insurance market litigator who specializes in coverage and bad faith disputes.

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Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C. - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced group offering particular strength representing the London market. Adept at handling cases for major clients in the oil and gas industry. Regularly involved in sensitive disputes at trial and appellate stage, handling everything from business interruption and property damage claims to subrogation recovery.

Notable practitioners

Clifton Hall offers notable expertise across London market and energy sector disputes. A source describes him as "a good and well-connected lawyer."

Claude Stuart's areas of expertise include energy and maritime sector matters as well as London market disputes. Sources comment: "He is a very good lawyer. He is knowledgeable and is a very good representative for clients."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Capable litigation group regularly engaged by clients on both sides of the insurance industry, including sizable underwriters. Regularly handles cases involving complex issues such as excess coverage, additional insureds and elements of fraud. Also offers notable regulatory strength, as well as advising on corporate transactions. Additional expertise in disputes involving technological concerns and advises on a range of rep and warranty matters.

Strengths One client comments: "The firm is excellent. They are thorough, practical and commercial."

Another client highlights: "I am impressed with the professionalism of the whole team. Their timeliness and flexibility are major strengths."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Osprey Underwriting Agency, XL Catlin, ACE Europe and certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London against bad faith class action litigation. The underlying matter arose from alleged environmental damage caused by the wreck of a fishing vessel on a coral reef in the South Pacific.

Notable practitioners

Reagan Brown assists clients in insurance class action suits and commercial litigation. He has experience representing clients at trial and appellate level.

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Although we offer services in more than 40 insurance specific subject matters, we are undoubtedly best known for these core practices, which we consider to be our Centers of Excellence: Financial lines; cyber, technology and IP claims (breach counseling and claims defense); class action defense; corporate and transactional (reps & warranties); regulatory; complex claims and coverage including bad faith defense and marine and energy and aviation defense.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a multi-disciplinary insurance practice. On the contentious side, we have a significant disputes practice that covers virtually every aspect of the industry – representing insurers, brokers, agents and third party administrators. Our practice reflects our legacy as a litigation firm that has represented insurance companies and defended their insureds since its founding in Houston almost 100 years ago. On the non-contentious side, we counsel our clients on representation and warranty issues as well as provide detailed regulatory reviews of policies. 

Overall, our US practice is made up of 80 dedicated professionals from around the country, including over 50 insurance lawyers in Texas. In addition, our practice is strengthened by our colleagues in corporate, M&A, intellectual property, employment and labor, healthcare and investigations, among other areas These lawyers support our practice with the experience and key insight that is required by our clients.

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Reed Smith LLP - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong nationwide insurance practice with an increasing Texas presence, offering expertise across a range of contentious proceedings. Frequently acts for policyholders in high-value coverage disputes, including D&O, bad faith and construction claims. Regularly advises on insurance matters relating to the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths The team receives particular plaudits for its skills in negotiations.

Work highlights Represented Oceaneering International in a dispute with its D&O insurer related to coverage claims arising from underlying disgorgement allegations.

Acted on behalf of Southern Power and Recurrent Energy in a significant coverage dispute arising from property damage to a major solar farm.

Notable practitioners

James Cooper represents policyholders in a range of insurance disputes. His expertise includes general liability, business interruption and D&O coverage disputes.

Stephen Moll has a broad practice and regularly advises clients on first-party property damage and business interruption matters.

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Winstead PC - Insurance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers significant bench strength in both regulatory insurance and dispute resolution, working with an impressive array of major insurers and other industry clients. Regularly handles compliance and transactional work as well as complex litigation such as first-party bad faith claims. Also recognized for its handling of reinsurance matters.

Strengths Sources report: "They make it a point to be extremely client-focused," with another adding that they are "excellent in all regards."

A client says: "The firm is exceptional. They anticipate legal issues and prioritize, establish and work through relationships with regulators in order to advance their client’s interests."

Work highlights Represented Landmark American Insurance in a large-scale first-party property insurance dispute. The matter involved alleged breach of contract, fraud and bad faith issues.

Acted for Delaware Life Insurance in its acquisition of SeaBright Insurance, assisting with regulatory compliance and approval matters.

Notable practitioners

Jay Brown specializes in complex insurance disputes. His areas of expertise include environmental liability, toxic tort and bad faith litigation.

The "very experienced" Peter Nolan regularly handles a range of regulatory and disputes for clients in the insurance market. He also advises on government enforcement matters.

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McGuireWoods LLP - Insurance Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its strength in representing corporate policyholders across a range of insurance coverage disputes, including class action suits. Experience includes acting for financial institutions on credit insurance claims, handling first-party property actions and advising on environmental litigation. Displays considerable expertise across insurance matters arising in the energy sector.

Strengths A client comments: "They are amazing lawyers; I would refer them to anyone. They are very responsive, very bright, knowledgeable, experienced and efficient."

Notable practitioners

Mark Lawless is described as "very prominent" and "a premier coverage lawyer" by market sources. He represents policyholder clients in a range of insurance coverage matters, including environmental, business interruption and property damage claims.

Pamella Hopper advises clients across a range of insurance litigation matters. She is praised by clients as "fantastic," and they go on to highlight her "attention to detail and knowledge of the law."

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Zelle LLP - Insurance Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong litigation firm, highlighted for its experience in representing insurers across a range of areas. Particular expertise in representing commercial property insurers in coverage disputes. Also noted for its strong subrogation practice and handling of third-party environmental coverage claims.

Strengths Market sources report: "The firm is well regarded," with one praising it for being "client-conscientious."

Notable practitioners

Thomas Cook is a key contact.

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Star Individuals

Cooper & Scully PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "brilliant" Brent Cooper is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge" across the insurance market. He handles complex coverage dispute matters as well as appellate litigation.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Cooper represents policyholders in a range of insurance disputes. His expertise includes general liability, business interruption and D&O coverage disputes.

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Michael Huddleston

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Huddleston of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC represents policyholder clients across insurance disputes. Sources report: "Mike was excellent to work with," with others adding: "He is terrific, a go-to coverage lawyer in Texas for policyholders."

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McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Lawless is described as "very prominent" and "a premier coverage lawyer" by market sources. He represents policyholder clients in a range of insurance coverage matters, including environmental, business interruption and property damage claims.

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Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Brian Martin represents insurer clients in trial work and coverage disputes. He offers notable strength in D&O, toxic tort and bad faith litigation. Sources comment: "He has a robust practice, is well regarded and is a go-to lawyer."

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Christopher W Martin

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Martin is "extremely well regarded" by market sources, who also highlight him as "one of the best lawyers in the state." He represents clients in a broad range of complex insurance disputes.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Ernest Martin is held in high regard for his extensive knowledge across the insurance market. He regularly handles complex coverage disputes for policyholder clients, including property damage, business interruption and professional liability matters. One impressed client comments: "He is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He is devoted to his clients' interests, extremely knowledgeable and very responsive."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vincent Morgan of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP leads the firm's insurance team and specializes in representing policyholder clients in a range of complex coverage matters. One client describes him as a "very thoughtful, bright, creative thinker."

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Shidlofsky Law Firm PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Lee Shidlofsky is "extremely well regarded," according to market sources. He is noted for his strength as a litigator, with significant experience handling a range of insurance disputes. 

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Patrick J Wielinski

Cokinos | Young

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Wielinski of Cokinos | Young acts as coverage counsel to a number of policyholder clients in commercial disputes. He offers particular expertise in advising on issues within the construction sector. A source reports: "His service is first-class and very timely. He has a brilliant legal mind and years of experience."

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Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Beth Bradley is described as a "wonderful lawyer" by market sources. She handles complex insurance litigation, including coverage and appellate matters.

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Copeland & Rice LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Brown of Copeland & Rice LLP is a highly respected insurance lawyer. He has significant experience acting for policyholders in a wide range of casualty and property insurance coverage disputes.

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Robert J Cunningham

Roach & Newton, L.L.P.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cunningham of Roach & Newton, L.L.P. represents policyholder clients in an array of insurance coverage disputes. He is also noted for his considerable expertise in arbitration matters.

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Dedman Law, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Dedman of Dedman Law, PLLC heads up a specialist boutique practice and enjoys a good reputation in the market. She handles a range of insurance disputes acting for policyholder clients.

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J Clifton Hall III

Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Clifton Hall offers notable expertise across London market and energy sector disputes. A source describes him as "a good and well-connected lawyer."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Moll has a broad practice and regularly advises clients on first-party property damage and business interruption matters.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Pate of Cozen O'Connor is described as a "terrific and very knowledgeable lawyer" by peers. He handles a broad array of coverage disputes and is noted for his ability in first-party and construction-related matters.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Micah Skidmore is "extraordinarily knowledgeable, responsive and solution-oriented," according to sources. He represents policyholder clients in complex coverage disputes across a range of industry sectors including healthcare and construction.

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Claude L. Stuart III

Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Claude Stuart's areas of expertise include energy and maritime sector matters as well as London market disputes. Sources comment: "He is a very good lawyer. He is knowledgeable and is a very good representative for clients."

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Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Tollefson is held in high regard by peers, who highlight him as a "great lawyer." He is an experienced insurance market litigator who specializes in coverage and bad faith disputes.

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Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ellen Van Meir is well regarded in the insurance market and handles a range of coverage disputes. Her areas of expertise include bad faith and liability matters. Peers comment: "She is always a very good opponent and you must be very well prepared against her."

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Brown specializes in complex insurance disputes. His areas of expertise include environmental liability, toxic tort and bad faith litigation. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Reagan Brown assists clients in insurance class action suits and commercial litigation. He has experience representing clients at trial and appellate level.

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Band 3

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Disiere handles an array of insurance litigation, including bad faith and coverage disputes. One source refers to him as "a knowledgeable and respected practitioner."

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Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Higgins acts on behalf on insurer clients across a wide range of coverage disputes. He handles catastrophic damage, fraud defenses and class action matters.

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Pamella A. Hopper

McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Pamella Hopper advises clients across a range of insurance litigation matters. She is praised by clients as "fantastic," and they go on to highlight her "attention to detail and knowledge of the law."

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very experienced" Peter Nolan regularly handles a range of regulatory and disputes for clients in the insurance market. He also advises on government enforcement matters.

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Jeffrey R Parsons

Parsons McEntire McCleary PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Parsons of Parsons McEntire McCleary & Clark PLLC is experienced in representing insurance industry clients in a range of coverage disputes. Sources say: "He is astute, formidable and provides good client service."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very well respected" Werner Powers handles an array of coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders. His areas of expertise include environmental cleanup, business interruption and professional liability matters.

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Robert M Roach Jr

Roach & Newton, L.L.P.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Roach of Roach & Newton, L.L.P. advises clients on a spectrum of insurance market litigation and appellate matters. One impressed source describes him as "a top talent and terrific advocate."

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Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Roberts of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP cochairs the firm's insurance practice and has a wealth of experience handling insurance litigation. He has considerable expertise in the energy and environmental space, with sources highlighting him as "business-savvy and effective."

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Shidlofsky Law Firm PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Skelley assists clients in a variety of insurance litigation matters. He regularly represents policyholder clients in first-party property, product liability and construction defect disputes.

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Associates to watch

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior associate Tamara Bruno of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP acts as adviser to policyholder clients in a variety of litigation, dispute resolution and liability coverage matters. One source reports: "She is extraordinary. She has great knowledge and experience."

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