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DALLAS – January 2014 – Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. is pleased to announce the election of five new partners – Amber E. Edwards, Brian Hensley, Jennifer Kearns, Matthew McCabe, and Suzanne M. Patrick.

Amber E. Edwards focuses her practice on defending companies and individuals in a variety of casualty litigation claims including premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, negligence, products liability, intentional torts, and Dram Shop liability. Her clients include retailers, restaurants, apartment complexes, construction contractors, trucking companies, and individuals. Ms. Edwards is a member of the Litigation section and is based in Dallas.

Brian Hensley is a member of the Litigation and Products Liability & Mass Torts sections and is based in the Austin office. His practice focuses on handling a variety of casualty litigation claims involving allegations of product liability, premises liability, dram shop, general negligence, and other tort-related claims. Brian efficiently resolves wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims in both state and federal courts across Texas. He also has experience in defending contractors against construction defect claims and professional service providers in lawsuits involving allegations of professional negligence and misconduct.

Jennifer Kearns practice is focused on representing commercial and personal lines insurers in state and federal courts in matters involving allegations of breach of contract, “bad faith”, insurance code violations and deceptive trade practices. Her practice is highly focused on catastrophe litigation. She has handled numerous first-party residential and commercial property claims arising out of Hurricanes Rita, Ike and Dolly, and most recently, hailstorm litigation in Dallas, Hidalgo and Potter Counties. She also handles casualty claims stemming from allegations of premises liability, products liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Ms. Kearns is based in the Austin office and is a member of the Insurance Litigation & Coverage and Commercial sections.

Matthew McCabe is a member of the Litigation, Products Liability & Mass Torts and Discovery sections and is based in the Saint Paul office. He advises clients on all aspects of complex civil litigation, and is particularly experienced in advising businesses on nuances of document preservation programs, electronically stored information (eDiscovery), and other aspects of discovery in complex litigation. Mr. McCabe’s practice focuses on working with clients to develop cohesive litigation strategies and implementing them throughout the litigation process, including pre-trial investigations and discovery management, especially in mass tort and product liability litigation.

Suzanne M. Patrick focuses her practice primarily on litigation of insurance coverage matters. She has advised and represented insurers in insurance coverage disputes involving environmental pollution, mass torts, construction defects, dram shop liability, personal injury, product liability, professional liability, and bad faith. Ms. Patrick is based in the Houston office and is a member of the Insurance Litigation & Coverage section.

Thompson Coe is recognized for its civil litigation capabilities and its expertise in insurance law, and has offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas, Saint Paul, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California. Building its practice on a heritage of more than 60 years, the firm provides a full range of services to the insurance industry and offers many other client services in labor and employment, commercial litigation, premises and product liability, professional liability, securities litigation, mass tort, appellate, administrative law, construction, commercial transactions, real estate and tax, and estate planning.

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