Tim Headley's practice focuses on defending insurers involved in coverage litigation. He is also actively involved in rendering coverage advice and opinions and in representing insurers in connection with first- and third-party coverage-related litigation.
Tim's areas of concentration in coverage matters include: first-party claims involving the insuring agreement and the applicability of exclusions to coverage; defense of carriers in first-party claims involving catastrophic storm damage; coverage disputes involving duties to defend and/or indemnify under liability policies; defense of carriers from claims of common law and statutory bad faith; disputes among multiple or successive insurers for latent injuries/property damage; disputes among primary, excess and umbrella carriers; business interruption coverage disputes; and coverage for construction defect claims and potential additional insureds. In addition to his insurance coverage practice, Tim defends companies involved in a variety of litigation, including product liability actions, mass tort litigation, construction defect, transportation accidents, on-the-job accidents and premises liability actions.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of an insurer in a duty to defend case involving 26 underlying lawsuits filed against the insured for defective EIFS siding.
- Negotiated a favorable settlement in favor of an insurer in coverage litigation involving a $20 million property loss stemming from alleged cell phone theft.
- Obtained dismissal for a company involved in product liability litigation brought by over 200 plaintiffs claiming to have suffered personal injuries from exposure to the company’s chemical product.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer of temporary buildings in litigation brought by a plaintiff claiming to have suffered personal injuries from mold exposure in a building manufactured by the company.
- Defended a company involved in wrongful death case by obtaining a dismissal after filing a summary judgment motion based upon lack of medical causation evidence.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer against additional insured over settlement made by additional insured in a construction defect case.
Professional and Community Activities
- State Bar of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Speeches and Presentations
- Primary and Excess Coverage, Covering Key Policy Provisions and Exclusions, University of Houston Law Foundation. October 2005, April 2007, June 2008. Included presentations at CLE course.
- When is Recovery of Mental Anguish Damages Allowed?, Touchstone Bernays Legal Update, Fall 2001.
- Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?: What a Plaintiff Must Prove in Order to Hold a Corporation Liable for Exemplary Damages, Phillips & Akers Law Report, March 2000.
- Contributor, Insurance Coverage Newsletter, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fall 1999 through Spring 2001.
- South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1998
- Texas Tech University, B.A., 1990