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Thompson Coe Recognized in Annual Ranking of Leading Firms and Lawyers Throughout America

June 7, 2012

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons has achieved a top ranking of Band 1 for Insurance in Texas for work performed in 2011 and six attorneys have been recognized for their work in Insurance and Insurance: Regulation for Texas.

Chambers USA editors state about Thompson Coe, “Sources agree that this well-known Texas firm is a leader in representing insurance companies in a range of high-profile coverage disputes. Much of the practice's recent focus has been in catastrophe and weather-related event litigation allied with insurance growth in Texas and on the Gulf Coast. The BP oil spill has also enabled the firm to maintain high levels of activity in catastrophe insurance on behalf of carriers. Thanks to a presence in Dallas, Houston and Austin, the firm continues to be a key player in the Texas insurance market, and is able to deal with regulatory and transactional issues as well as dispute resolution.”

Attorneys recognized in Chambers USA:
Brian Martin, a partner in the Houston office, ranked Band 1 in Insurance for Texas. Peers describe him as “'an excellent lawyer with a robust book of business representing carriers.' He has taken a lead on the team's activity in a range of coverage issues arising from Chinese Drywall matters."

Roger Higgins, a managing partner in the Dallas office, ranked Band 2 in Insurance for Texas. Chambers USA states, “Coverage litigator Roger Higgins has played a key role in a range of coverage disputes arising from hurricane, flood and storm losses. Commentators identify him as 'a very good coverage lawyer who is involved in some big, important matters.'"

Rodrigo Garcia, a partner in the Houston office, ranked Band 3 in Insurance for Texas. According to Chambers USA, Rodrigo “is also heavily involved in Chinese Drywall work. Peers note him as an impressive and emerging presence in the field, who is coming into the limelight for positive reasons as a strong coverage lawyer."

Jay Thompson, a partner in the Austin office, ranked 1 for Insurance: Regulation and 2 in Insurance for Texas. Chambers USA notes, “Jay Thompson is recognized as a genuine go-to for insurance regulatory work, and enjoys a healthy reputation. He is deeply respected among peers and sources describe him as 'very academic and very knowledgeable' in the full range of regulatory issues."

Will Davis, of counsel for the Austin office, ranked as a Senior Statesman in Insurance: Regulation for Texas. Chambers USA notes, “On the insurance regulatory side, Will Davis is another deeply experienced member of the practice. Interviewees agree that he is 'the dean of all regulatory attorneys in Texas,' and 'has the sort of style any client would be well served and proud of.'"

Richard Geiger, of counsel for the Dallas office, ranked as a Senior Statesman in Insurance for Texas. According to Chambers USA, The “"very well-respected' Richard Geiger remains an active and experienced part of Thompson Coe's coverage litigation team."

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.”