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Education
  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C., Fellowship in Forensic Medicine, 1970
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1968, Honor Board
  • Gannon University, B.A., 1965, English, Gold Medal of Honor for Scholarship, Excellence and Achievement; President, Blue Key Honor Fraternity
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania, 1968
  • District of Columbia, 1970
  • Texas, 1976
Languages
David D. Knoll
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Emeritus
dknoll@thompsoncoe.com
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Austin
701 Brazos
Suite 1500
Austin, Texas 78701
512-703-5090 direct  |  512-708-8777 fax
Assistant:
Georgia Lynn Porcher
512-703-5046 direct
gporcher@thompsoncoe.com
Overview

David D. Knoll’s experience includes the representation of clients in the insurance industry, and covers a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, de-mutualizations, asset acquisitions and sale through bulk reinsurance and loss portfolio transfer transactions, debt and equity financing, including pooled surplus note offerings, and intercompany transactions in insurance holding company systems. He has served as both in-house general and as outside counsel for numerous insurers and their insurance holding companies.

David also completed a basic course on mediation, and was certified in 2006 as an insurance/reinsurance arbitrator by ARIAS-US, the principal reinsurance arbitration organization in the United States serving the insurance industry. He has also been honored for the past nine consecutive years by Best Lawyers in America® in the field of insurance law.

Representative Experience
  • Represented a major NYSE holding company in the sale of its life insurance division in a complex reinsurance transaction valued at over $150 million.
  • Represented a major NYSE holding company in the acquisition of a Pennsylvania life insurance company, and redomestication of the Company to Oklahoma.
  • Represented a Dallas multi-state life insurance agency in its acquisition of life insurance companies in Texas, Arizona and Georgia. 
  • Represented a Tulsa-based insurance holding company in the acquisition of a life insurance company based in Kansas.
  • Represented mutual holding company in conversion into a stock company by means of a merger with its subsidiary insurer.
  • Represented the owner of a Louisiana-based pre-need insurance company in the sale of its business to a Wisconsin insurer through assumption reinsurance transactions.
  • Represented the surety company affiliate of a NYSE property and casualty insurer in the placement of two pooled trust preferred securities offerings.
  • Completed the de-mutualization of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company in New York.
  • Represented a California based NYSE managed care corporation in the acquisition of a life insurance company.
  • Completed the purchase and sale of over 100 blocks of business on behalf of several clients through bulk reinsurance and loss portfolio transfer transactions, having a total value in excess of $1.0 billion.
  • Represented both life and surety companies in subordinated debt and surplus notes in pooled offerings totaling over $60 million.
  • Assisted clients in the organization of new insurers and holding companies.
  • Represented Texas life insurer in the acquisition of a publicly held Washington life insurer, in a complex transaction involving a subscription for common shares, redemption of preferred shares, and merger with subsidiary of Texas insurer.
Professional and Community Activities
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel- President, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer for 2011 (Member of Board of Directors since 2007)
  • ARIAS-US certified insurance/reinsurance arbitrator (1986)
  • Member, Texas Association of Life & Health Insurers
  • Member, Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Member, Houston Symphony Chorus (1984-2007); Chorus Austin, 2007-present.
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1969-72
  • Formed corporate umbrella organizations and obtained 501(c)(3) designation for four community chorale organizations. Serves as pro bono Legal Counsel to Chorus Austin, Inc.
Professional Recognition
  • Nominated by peers to The Best Lawyers in America® for 2006 - 2016 in the field of Insurance Law. (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)

Best Lawyers 2015 - David Knoll