Thompson Coe Recognized as a #1 Law Firm in Insurance in Texas in 2007

June 15, 2007

In the 2007 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. is ranked as a Tier 1 law firm for Insurance in Texas. This is the fifth year in a row that Thompson Coe has achieved this # 1 ranking.

Chambers and Partners uses an approved research methodology and a team of over 40 full time researchers whose sole mission is to interview lawyers and their clients to determine ratings.
Five attorneys were lauded for their accomplishments. Here is what the commentary says:

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP

The Firm: Considered a Texas insurance powerhouse with a national presence, this roughly 120-strong group, which includes some “great” new additions, enjoys a renowned reputation for its “top-quality” carrier side coverage work. The firm, labeled “extremely knowledgeable, well organized and very available,” has secured strong and long-term client relationships. It also has a robust regulatory practice, with “excellent lawyers doing excellent work.” Furthermore, it is noted for its handling of M&As, formation of insurance companies or agencies, bad faith and first-party matters. Clients include insurance companies, brokers, agents, reinsurers, risk retention and purchasing groups, HMOs and premium finance companies. Recent representations include successfully defending a major insurer against state regulators’ efforts to impose additional coverage obligations in light of recent hurricanes, and acting as lead counsel in a Supreme Court decision establishing for the first time in Texas that insureds must have out-of-pocket damages to pursue a class action under an insurance policy.

The Lawyers: Brian Martin “is at the top of his game” and a recognized force in the Texas insurance market, according to commentators. He consistently serves a large and loyal client base, and is lauded for his coverage and defense work, specializing in environmental, construction and D&O cases, among others. The “intelligent, creative and tenacious.”Roger Higgins - considered a renowned name in class action circles - acts in numerous high-profile cases. He is also lauded for his regulatory, coverage and extracontractual work, and enviable client base. Described as a “top-notch” lawyer with regulatory prowess, the “innovative” Jay Thompson enjoys a broad practice, which also encompasses legislative and litigation matters. He reaps praise for his broad experience and valuable connections, and is noted for his work surrounding Hurricane Katrina matters. Diego Garcia is “an extremely talented insurance coverage litigator,” enthuse commentators. Regarded as among the most perceptive and bright young partners in the state, he is lauded for his coverage experience of, for instance, environmental, construction defect and products liability matters. Meanwhile, Dick Geiger is regarded as a premier insurance guru, winning widespread respect and admiration from clients and competitors alike. His practice focuses on advising, as well as representing, insurance companies and trade associations before legislature.