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Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • The University of Texas, B.A., 2005, Psychology, with honors, Dean’s List, University Honors, Psi Chi Honor Society
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2008
  • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals  Fifth Circuit
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Christina S. de la Garza
Christina S. de la Garza Photo
Partner
cdelagarza@thompsoncoe.com
vCard
Austin
701 Brazos
Suite 1500
Austin, Texas 78701
512-703-5067 direct  |  214-871-8209 fax
Assistant:
Lisa Lopez
512-703-5051 direct
LLopez@thompsoncoe.com
Overview

Christina de la Garza's practice focuses on representing insurance carriers in sophisticated coverage disputes and bad faith claims. Christina has ample experience in the areas of commercial general liability, commercial auto and property liability, excess and umbrella liability, and professional errors and omissions coverage. She oversees a variety of commercial claims in both state and federal court, including claims of coverage for construction defects, personal and advertising injury, pollution losses, errors and omissions, and oil and gas industry claims. She also represents carriers and adjusters in coverage disputes, bad faith claims, and other issues arising under homeowners’ and landlords’ policies. Christina’s practice is nationwide in scope, as she frequently deals with the laws of various states including Texas, California, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and others. In addition to the numerous favorable judgments she has obtained for her clients in coverage matters at the trial court level, Christina has also handled multiple appeals on coverage issues in state and federal court.

Representative Experience
  • Drafted winning summary judgment motion convincing court in Calhoun County, Texas that Fortune 50 insurance company and its insured were entitled to over $11 million in subrogation payments
  • Won summary judgment in favor of international insurance carrier in Texas state court, Nueces County, ordering no coverage under commercial truckers policy for crude oil spill
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, and Fifth Circuit affirmation in favor of considering extrinsic evidence (and applying rare exception to Texas's eight-corners rule) to determine Fortune 50 insurance company had no duty to defend auto accident lawsuit
  • Won summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, convincing court that insurance broker accused of misappropriating hospital’s insurance premiums was not an insured under professional errors and omissions policy issued by Fortune 50 insurance company
  • Obtained summary judgment in two related cases in Victoria County, Texas, successfully arguing that surplus lines carrier was prejudiced by insured’s late notice of claim so carrier did not have to defend insured in copyright infringement suit or pay $5 million arbitration award in wrongful termination case
  • Won Fifth Circuit appeal affirming summary judgment that self-insured vehicle was not an “uninsured motor vehicle” under business auto policy and insurance carrier had no duty to pay uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits
Professional and Community Activities
  • Texas Bar Association (2008-2016)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (2008-2016)
  • Dallas Bar Association TIPS Young Lawyers Committee (2015-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor and Mock Trial Coach, Southern Methodist University (2010-2016)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Texas High School Mock Trial Competition Volunteer Judge (2009-2016)
  • Attorneys Serving the Community (2014-2016)
Speeches and Presentations
  • "Insurability of Punitive Damages," 8th Annual TCCI Insurance Law Seminar (co-author, November 6, 2008)