Thompson Coe is pleased to share that one of the firm's founding partners, Robert B. Cousins, III will be honored posthumously at the Dalls Bar Association Tort & Insurance Section’s 7th Annual Texas Trial Legends program on Tuesday, April 5th at the Belo Mansion from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Robert B. Cousins, III was, quite literally, raised in the insurance industry. As a boy, Bob recalled seeing Will C. Thompson and other influential Texans in the insurance industry as visitors to his home when Bob’s father was Texas Life Insurance Commissioner and Chairman of the Texas State Board of Insurance Commissioners. After working in the private law practice for a few years, Bob received an appointment to be Assistant Attorney General under Texas Attorney General Price Daniel in 1948. He was assigned to the Anti-Trust Division, but also assisted the Texas State Board of Insurance Commissioners and the Texas Highway Department on their legal matters. In 1952, Bob was called by Will C. Thompson and Vernon Coe to join the firm as an associate and he later became a partner in 1954, at which time the name of the firm was changed from Thompson & Coe to Thompson, Coe & Cousins. Bob was a well known trial lawyer and together, he and Will C. Thompson, tried one of the major lawsuits arising from the Texas City disaster in 1947.
The legacy left by Bob and the other founding partners remains an inspiration to all of us today as Thompson Coe continues to be recognized as a premier litigation firm and a national authority on insurance law.