Thompson Coe Announces Ten New Partners

September 3, 2019 Press Release

DALLAS – September 2019 – Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. is pleased to announce the election of nine new partners – Steven Augustine, Heather Beam, Angela Caffey, Tim Headley, Christa Hykaway, Drew Jones, Marne Jones, Chris Kaul, and David Khirallah. A brief overview of each partner is below:

Steven Augustine - Steven Augustine is a member of the Professional Liability and Products Liability sections in Houston. His diverse practice includes the representation of both companies and individuals in professional malpractice, product liability, catastrophic injury, and commercial disputes. 

Heather Beam - Heather Beam’s practice focuses on civil litigation in multiple areas, including construction law, professional liability, products liability, and personal injury. She regularly represents design professionals, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex, multi-party lawsuits in both state and federal court. Heather is a member of our Professional Liability section in the Austin office.

Angela Caffey - Angela Caffey is a member of the Professional Liability section in Dallas. Angela's practice focuses on construction law, including construction defects, alleged design defects, and complex, multi-party cases in state and federal court. She represents design professionals (including architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, MEP engineers), general contractors, and subcontractors.

Tim Headley - Tim Headley is a member of the Insurance Litigation and General Liability/Catastrophic Injury sections in Dallas. Tim defends companies and individuals in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, negligence, and intentional torts. Tim's areas of concentration in coverage matters include the applicability of exclusions to coverage, catastrophic storm damage, duties to defend and/or indemnify under liability policies, and common law and statutory bad faith. 

Christa Hykaway - Christa Hykaway defends companies and individuals in matters of premises liability, products liability, automobile/trucking accidents, industrial oilfield accidents, sporting accidents, dram shop liability, and medical malpractice. Christa also represents general contractors and property owners in workplace injury litigation. Christa is in our Dallas office and is a member of the General Liability/Catastrophic Injury and Products Liability sections. 

Drew Jones - Drew Jones is a member of our Insurance Litigation and Coverage Section in Dallas. His practice is focused on commercial litigation, contract disputes, representation of insurance carriers, and products liability.  He has extensive experience representing defendants in contractual and extra-contractual disputes with a focus on protecting clients from outstanding liability exposure. 

Marne Jones - Marne Jones is a member of our Insurance Litigation and Coverage Section and in New Orleans. Marne’s practice focuses on civil defense litigation, including marine liabilities, environmental claims, construction defect, personal injury, bad faith, products liability, mass tort and, first and third party losses in the commercial/residential property context. 

Chris Kaul - Chris Kaul practices in the Insurance Litigation, General Liability/Catastrophic Injury and Cyber Security sections in New Orleans. Chris has extensive experience in the areas of insurance litigation, coverage disputes, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, professional liability, securities litigation and corporate governance. Chris also regularly advises individuals and business on issues relating to data privacy, data loss and breach response, cyber security, cyber liability insurance, and data protection best practices. Chris is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). 

David Khirallah - David Khirallah is a member of our Insurance Litigation and Coverage Section in Dallas. He defends insurance carriers in all aspects of contractual and extra-contractual litigation. David also represents companies facing lawsuits involving serious personal injuries, death, and catastrophic property damage. 

Thompson Coe is recognized for its civil litigation capabilities and its expertise in insurance law, and has offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, California, New Orleans, Louisiana and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Building its practice on a heritage of more than 65 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 products liability, professional liability, energy, marine, mass tort, appellate, construction, commercial transactions, real estate and tax, data privacy, administrative law and estate planning.