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Education
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2009, Order of the Barristers, Phi Delta Phi
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., 2006, Communications, Corps of Cadets
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2009
  • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals  Fifth Circuit
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Christopher H. Avery
Christopher H. Avery Photo
Partner
cavery@thompsoncoe.com
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Houston
One Riverway
Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77056
713-403-8203 direct  |  713-403-8299 fax
Assistant:
Karen Lovely
713-403-8380 direct
klovely@thompsoncoe.com
Overview

Chris focuses his practice on commercial coverage and property matters involving allegations of bad faith. His experience includes successful litigation of complex coverage issues, as well as large property and business interruption claims. Although Chris bases his practice in Texas, he routinely represents carriers on claims across the country, particularly in the South. 

Chris’s complex coverage practice involves representing carriers in a variety of unique situations including those involving commercial equipment, oilfield personal injuries, construction defects, and contractual indemnity claims.  He takes a hands-on approach to the investigation and has personally inspected a variety of unique properties, machines, and commercial equipment.  He also regularly advises clients how to successfully transition claims from the investigation stage to actual litigation.

Chris also serves on the Council of the State Bar Insurance Section, as well as an Assistant Editor of Right Off the Press. This involvement allows him to provide fast legal updates and analysis to clients on cutting edge insurance issues.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment on multi-million dollar failure to settle suit arising out of underlying construction defect litigation
  • Achieved unanimous jury finding of no-liability in major state court water damage and mold suit
  • Obtained summary judgment on multi-million dollar property damage case involving fourteen story commercial property
  • Achieved successful resolution of inland marine claim in hostile venue involving well-known local insureds
  • Acted in a lead counsel role on hundreds of property damage and hail claims throughout Texas
  • Addressed complex CGL questions and litigation in the Carolinas, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, and New Mexico
  • Member of multiple trial teams on a variety of first-party defense scenarios including property coverage, liability coverage, and commercial liability
Professional and Community Activities
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Fort Bend County Museum Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Advocacy - South Texas College of Law
Speeches and Presentations
  • The Wave of the Future - Three Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Insurance Coverage, CPCU All Industry Day 2017
  • They Did What?  Applying CGL Policies to Strange and Bizarre Scenarios, 13th Annual Texas Bar Advanced Insurance Law Seminar, June 2016
  • A Hunting We Will Go: Coverage Questions Involving One of Texas’s Favorite Pastimes, Journal of Texas Insurance Law, Winter 2015-2016
  • Duties During Litigation, 2015 UT Insurance Law Institute
  • Top Ten Myths, Mishaps, and Misunderstandings in Insurance Litigation, 8th Annual Texas Insurance and Tort Law Update, April 2015
  • Discovery Trends in First-Party Bad Faith Litigation, State Bar of Texas Advanced Insurance Law Seminar, April 2012