Representative Work

  • Represents insurers in coverage issues arising under technology products, network security and privacy policies, and privacy issues arising under traditional commercial general liability policies.
  • Mariah represents companies and insureds who have suffered a data breach, counseling them with respect to breach response and notification, regulatory compliance and forensic issues.
  • Has represented multiple major international insurers in various matters in Texas arising out of catastrophic environmental losses and claims for clean-up costs arising from industrial waste and treatment facilities, chemical plant explosions, oil-field operations, dry-cleaning operations, and leaking underground gasoline storage tanks.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of national insurance client as second-chair trial attorney in federal jury trial – September 2018.
  • Negotiated a favorable resolution of a multi-million dollar coverage and bad faith case in Texas involving claims of “personal and advertising injury” arising out of business disparagement for a major international insurer.
  • Negotiated a favorable resolution of a multi-million dollar coverage and bad faith case in Texas involving claims under a pollution legal liability for a major international insurer in a high-profile case involving a local insured.
  • Negotiated a favorable resolution of a complex case in Texas on behalf of a major international insurer involving catastrophic damage to a reactor at an oil refinery.
  • Successfully defended a major international insurer against a contentious additional insured tender involving an oil-industry accident, ultimately winning a motion to dismiss premised on a forum selection clause.
  • Represented an international industrial services company in a complex lawsuit in Texas with a refinery regarding contractual indemnity and additional insured coverage arising out of a fatal plant accident.
  • Successfully represented a major international insurer in complex coverage and bad faith litigation in Hawaii (admitted pro hac vice) arising out of alleged construction defects in a high-profile commercial property, leading to a favorable resolution for her client.
  • Successfully represented a major international insurer in separate lawsuits filed in Arkansas (admitted pro hac vice) litigating coverage and bad faith arising from claims involving carbon monoxide exposure at a hotel and the catastrophic failure of a storage silo at a direct-reduced iron facility.
  • Successfully represented major international insurer in coverage and bad faith litigation in New Mexico (admitted pro hac vice) involving a complex contractual indemnification claim.
  • Second-chaired a trial in Texas court and obtained a judgment in her client’s favor in a coverage dispute involving theft of trade names and trade secrets.
  • Obtained a complete grant of summary judgment in her client’s favor, that was not appealed, in coverage litigation involving substantial losses arising from a commercial transportation container prototype that was damaged during testing and could not be certified for use (2016 WL 3541829 (N.D. Tex. June, 28, 2016)).
  • Frequently advises insurers regarding complex contractual issues under multi-state laws, including policy interpretation and disputes, and contractual indemnification and additional insured tenders.
  • Routinely obtains summary judgments on behalf of insurers in Texas and in other states regarding their duty to defend and/or indemnify against high-dollar claims, including claims for business disparagement, additional insured coverage, failure of product or services and professional liability.
  • Negotiates dismissal of coverage litigation against insurer-clients, without settlement payment, in favor of successfully resolving coverage disputes out of court and at a significant cost-savings to the client.
  • Has represented insurers in appellate matters in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eighth Circuits, and Texas appellate courts, obtaining rulings affirming summary judgments in her client’s favor.