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Thompson Coe Achieves "Band 1" in Insurance by Chambers for Seventeenth Consecutive Year

May 20, 2021 Recognition

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP has achieved a top ranking of "Band 1" for Insurance in Texas for work performed in 2020. Four attorneys have been recognized for their work in Insurance and Insurance: Regulation for Texas. This is the seventeenth year in a row Thompson Coe has achieved this recognition.

Chambers USA editors state about Thompson Coe, "Expert group that regularly represents insurers in high-stakes coverage and bad faith litigation as well as in class actions and mass torts. Demonstrates enviable bench strength, fielding attorneys experienced in advising on regulatory and legislative concerns, as well as the corporate aspects of insurance. Acts for an impressive roster of leading clients in the Texas insurance market."

On the firm's strengths, sources say: "[Thompson Coe] is a very strong player that does excellent work."

Another client reports: "It is one of the go-to firms for the insurance industry."

The practitioners handle many claims, including excess liability, environmental and commercial property claims. Recent highlights include representing The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in a case regarding coverage for a data breach at the insured's restaurants and bars, resulting in a demand for damages from the payment processor. The firm also represented Elephant Insurance in the successful defense of a class action seeking to establish liability for sales taxes and fees with vehicle total loss resulting in U.S. Court of Appeals opinion.

Insurance attorneys recognized in Chambers USA:

Brian Martin, a partner in the Houston office, ranked "Band 1" in Insurance for Texas. Chambers USA states, "He is held in high regard for his substantial experience advising on complex coverage disputes, including construction defect and toxic tort claims. He is frequently called upon to represent insurance carriers in a broad array of contentious claims. An impressed client says he is "very intelligent, very easy to work with, and he does excellent work. His strategic awareness is very good."

Jay Thompson is a regulatory specialist with expertise across the spectrum of insurance M&A and licensing regulation, in addition to drafting legislation and lobbying on behalf of insurers. Various interviewees describe him as "well known and respected" and "super professional and easy to work with. "He is highly regarded for his expertise in advising on significant regulatory matters affecting the insurance industry. Clients say: "He is very experienced and a very strong practitioner." Jay is a partner in the Austin office and is ranked "Band 1" for Insurance: Regulation.

Roger Higgins, a managing partner in the Dallas office, is ranked "Band 4" in Insurance for Texas. He is an experienced litigator who frequently acts for insurers in matters such as catastrophe disputes, reinsurance, and related appellate matters. Roger frequently advises insurance market clients on complex and high-value coverage disputes. Clients remark: "Roger is fantastic: he provides great representation and advice."

Christina Culver is recognized as "Up and Coming." She is a rising star recognized for her growing involvement in a range of coverage disputes, including bad faith and general liability claims. Clients remark of her: "She is very good; she is very responsive and timely." Christina is a partner in the Houston office. This is her first year being recognized by Chambers.

According to the Chambers website, "Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the U.S. and worldwide. The research is in-depth, and client-focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations. 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.