John Auty’s primary litigation practice areas include insurance coverage litigation, insurance bad faith litigation, class action litigation, professional liability litigation, construction litigation, commercial property catastrophic loss litigation, commercial dispute litigation, and commercial property subrogation litigation. John has resolved insurance coverage disputes for major insurers including summary judgments and favorable settlements. John has resolved engineering professional liability matters. John has also recovered substantial funds for his clients who suffered losses from commercial property catastrophes.

Before being an attorney, John spent several years in marketing and business management with major organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and GTE Network Services (now Verizon). He has experience in a wide variety of industries including: telecommunications, home improvements, pharmaceutical wholesale, and consumer packaged goods.

Representative Experience

  • Represented clients in state-wide automobile insurance coverage class action disputes.
  • Represented client wrongfully accused of professional negligence and fraud in design and construction defect litigation of a newly constructed 224-bed hospital.
  • Represented client wrongfully accused of design and construction defects in a new office construction project.
  • Recovered substantial settlement for teacher's pension fund in a commercial warehouse fire.
  • Recovered substantial settlement for a major chemical company in an acid plant fire and explosion litigation.
  • Recovered substantial settlements for a Fortune 500 corporation and its property insurer in a warehouse roof collapse litigation.
  • Recovered substantial settlements for an ICIS Top 50 chemical company in a chemical plant fire and sprinkler failure litigation.
  • Recovered substantial settlements in numerous large loss property catastrophe situations such as: office complex fire, office building flood from water main strike, computer room damage from improper sprinkler system discharge, hotel sewage back up, and warehouse fire.
  • Investigated a retail store elevator fire and sprinkler discharge for a major property insurer, which resulted in loss being found the contractual responsibility of other parties reducing property claim below deductible.
  • Represented primary, excess, and umbrella liability carriers in complex environmental litigations involving environmental multi-site pollution source and remediation cost disputes, multi-year environmental trigger disputes, policy period trigger disputes, EIL policies, CGL policies, and defended insurers in direct action jurisdictions.
  • Represented major insurers in commercial and residential property coverage disputes involving property damage, business interruption, extra expense, Texas Insurance Code violation allegations, DTPA violation allegations, and bad faith allegations.
  • Represented major insurers in commercial and residential property coverage appraisal disputes.


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law  (J.D., 2002)
  • Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business  (M.B.A., 1991)
  • Amherst College  (B.A. Political Science, 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2002

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Business Litigation Section
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Construction Law Section

Speeches and Presentations

  • "Appraisal Update" Thompson Coe's 11th Seminar on Texas Insurance Law Developments, October 25, 2012
  • "Responsible Third Party and Stowers Doctrine Developments" Thompson Coe's 10th Annual Seminar on Texas Insurance Law Developments, October 13, 2011
  • "Subrogation 101" for Thompson Coe's 9th Seminar on Texas Insurance Law Developments, May 6, 2010