Industry-Specific Biographies
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Austin College, B.A., 1998
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals  Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
R. Tate Gorman
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700 North Pearl Street
Twenty-Fifth Floor - Plaza of the Americas
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-871-8248 direct  |  214-871-8209 fax
Whitney Cowley
214-880-2649 direct

Much of Tate Gorman's practice is devoted to catastrophe litigation. He has counseled and represented numerous insurance companies in liability and property insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation, with an emphasis on complex, multi-party cases involving high-dollar exposures. Tate also assists his carrier clients in the claim process by taking Examinations Under Oath and providing coverage advise.  Tate has a great deal of experience from defending carriers from first-party commercial and homeowner property bad-faith lawsuits arising out of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Dolly, Ike and Harvey. 

Tate also has significant experience with coverage disputes involving oil and gas, homeowners, builder's risk, auto, and wrap policies. His practice extends to contract, tort, products liability, professional negligence, deceptive trade practices, disability and ERISA litigation.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained defense verdict after federal jury trial in residential lawsuit seeking damages due to breach of contract and bad faith arising out of insurance property claim for hail damage.
  • Favorable resolution of multiple large commercial and personal property first-party bad faith lawsuits for carrier clients involving Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Dolly and Ike.
  • Represented property insurer in $2 billion subrogation action from the 9/11 terrorist attack (In re September 11 Property Damage and Business Loss Litigation, United States District Court, Southern District of New York).
  • Represented mutual insurance company in matter before Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on issue of first impression regarding insurer's business judgment in not distributing a membership credit to former insured.
  • Represented property insurer in $300 million coverage litigation for property and business income loss by major general cargo port as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Represented property insurer in $50 million coverage litigation involving property and business income loss by major satellite television provider as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
  • Represented property insurer in $20 million coverage litigation involving alleged theft and vandalism at high-rise building.
  • Represented insurer in $500,000 coverage litigation involving alleged employee theft at scrap metal facility.
  • Represented administrator of health plan in employment discrimination/ERISA action.
  • Summary judgment awards on behalf of insurers in numerous liability coverage actions, including UM/UIM, life insurance and disability benefits coverage disputes, where policy holder is seeking extra-contractual damages.
Professional and Community Activities
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Insurance Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Tort & Insurance Section
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • Planning Committee, Lake Highlands Oktoberfest, 2011-Present
  • Board of Directors, Children's Craniofacial Association, 2010-2017
  • Board of Directors, Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, 2004-2017
  • President, Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, 2013-2014
  • Board of Directors, Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association, 2010-2012
  • Co-Chair, Lake Highlands Oktoberfest, 2012
  • Co-Chair, Lake Highlands Oktoberfest, 2011
  • Board of Directors, St. Mary's Law Alumni Association, Dallas Chapter, 2006-2007
  • Member, Dallas Citizens/Police Review Board, 2006
Speeches and Presentations
  • Legislative Update, Bankers Insurance Group, CE Panel Discussion, May 20-22, 2018
  • 2017 Significant Changes in Texas Insurance Law, FCCI Insurance Group, CE Presentation, August 23, 2017
  • Texas Liability 101, Horace Mann Insurance Company, CE Presentation, December 9, 2016
  • Preventing Bad Faith, Bankers Insurance Group, CE Panel Discussion, May 16-17, 2016
  • Advocacy in Mediation: ADR Class Panel Discussion, SMU Dedman School of Law, February 29, 2016
  • Bad Faith Liability When There Is No Coverage, Thompson Coe webinar, November 10, 2015
  • Texas Liability and Property Coverage, General Overview, The Redwoods Group, CE Presentation, May 18, 2015
  • First Party Property Cases: Insights and Trends, Bankers Insurance Group, CE Panel Discussion, May 4-5, 2015
  • Good Faith Claims Handling and Appraisal Issues, Bankers Insurance Group, CE Panel Discussion, May 5-6, 2014
  • 5th Annual Litigation Conference, Bankers Insurance Group, Moderator, May 20-21, 2013
  • Claims Handling for Homeowners Policies in Texas, Bankers Insurance Group, CE presentation, February 26, 2013
  • Update on Appraisal Issues in Texas, Thompson Coe webinar, November 13, 2012
  • Texas Property Claims Following Hurricane Ike, Lexington Insurance Company, CE presentation, September 13, 2012
  • Liability Coverage and Defense Overview, Bankers Insurance Group, CE presentation, August 14, 2012
  • Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Texas Residential Construction Liability Act, Anti-Indemnity Statute, Bankers Insurance Group, CE presentation, May 20-22, 2012
  • Reading and Interpreting Insurance Policies, 10th Annual Seminar on Texas Insurance Law Developments, CE Presentation, October 13, 2011
  • Texas Bad Faith, A Primer, FM Global, CE Presentation,  February 10, 2007
  • ERISA: Overview & Strategy to Avoid Pitfalls & Headaches, 5th Annual Seminar on Texas Insurance Law Developments, CE Presentation, December 8, 2005
Professional Recognition
  • Named a 2012-2016 Super Lawyer - Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine.

               Rising Stars