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Chambers USA 2010: Thompson Coe Achieves High Marks in Annual Ranking of Leading Firms and Lawyers Throughout America

June 11, 2010

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons has achieved a Band 1 ranking for Insurance in Texas for work performed in 2009. The firm also had five attorneys recognized for their work in Insurance and Insurance: Regulation for Texas.

Chambers USA editors stated, “This outfit continues to be regarded as an undisputed leader in Texas for its insurance work. It offers an impressive breadth of expertise, handling the full range of coverage, litigation, reinsurance and regulatory issues. Of late, it has been particularly active in hurricane-related work.”

Brian Martin, a partner in the Houston office, was ranked 1 in Insurance for Texas. Chambers USA described Brian as “’a terrific insurance lawyer, a real mover and shaker in the marketplace.’ He has a wide-ranging coverage and defense practice, which includes general liability, environmental and construction matters, as well as toxic torts and bad faith cases. He recently appeared in Mt. McKinley Insurance Company v Cooper Industries, which related to thousands of asbestos claims against Cooper Industries.”

Roger Higgins, a managing partner in the Dallas office, was ranked 2 in Insurance for Texas. Roger was chosen due to the “impressive depth of his expertise in coverage, litigation and reinsurance cases. Of late, he has been advising a major insurer on more than 400 hurricane-related cases, as well as representing another insurer in a class action alleging discrimination in the assessment of policy fees.”

Jay Thompson, a partner in the Austin office, was ranked 2 for Insurance and Insurance: Regulation in Texas. Chambers USA describes him as “widely considered to be an ‘excellent technician and a true insurance regulatory expert.’ He also appears in insurance-related disputes. He predominantly acts for insurance trade organizations such as the Insurance Council of Texas and the Texas Association of Life & Health Insurance, as well as for numerous other insurance-related companies. Recently, he has been advising on multiple property insurance issues, many of which have been connected with Hurricane Ike.

Rodrigo Garcia, a partner in the Houston office, was ranked 3 for Insurance in Texas. According to Chambers USA, Rodrigo “is highly regarded for his comprehensive coverage practice, which encompasses environmental, construction defect, products liability and asbestos and silica issues. His clients include Crum & Forster Insurance and Zurich American Insurance Company.”

Richard Geiger, of counsel for the Dallas office, was ranked as a Senior Statesman for Insurance in Texas. Chambers USA stated, “’Everybody in Texas knows’ Richard Geiger” for his insurance practice. He advises multiple insurance trade organizations, and is long-standing outside counsel to the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association.

According to the Chambers website, “Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. It is also widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.

In addition, there are further categories in which lawyers can be ranked as exceptional individuals. A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.”

Complete results are available here.