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Thompson Coe welcomes new partner Mary-Ellen King, expands Insurance, Business and Commercial Practice

August 16, 2021 Attorney News

Attorney Mary-Ellen King brings more than 19 years of experience in complex litigation matters to the Austin office.

Thompson Coe continues to broaden their offerings and depth of experience with the recent addition of partner Mary-Ellen King in the Austin office. With more than 19 years of experience, Mary-Ellen King is a strategic leader and litigator who is dedicated to advocating for her clients.

Mary-Ellen has extensive experience in representing insurers and insurance companies in complex litigation matters in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama and federal courts nationwide. Her primary focus is on complex insurance litigation, commercial litigation, business litigation, general civil litigation, and real estate litigation.

Mary-Ellen has a reputation for being an aggressive and professional litigator with proven success in attaining favorable settlements. She is driven to always improve processes and pursue resolutions for any situation. Mary-Ellen believes that building strong relationships is the foundation of her practice and is honored to have earned the trust and respect of her clients.

“Mary-Ellen will be a valuable addition to our Insurance Litigation and Coverage group in Austin,” said Shawn Phelan, Chair of the Management Committee. “Her insurance experience and expertise in all stages of litigation, along with her passion and dedication, will continue to add to the great work our Insurance Litigation and Coverage team has been doing. As the needs of our clients become more complex, Thompson Coe is focused on adding experienced and talented attorneys like Mary-Ellen to complement the firm’s deep bench

Mary-Ellen has extensive experience in large loss insurance defense, mass tort, catastrophe, and insurance coverage litigation. She has handled hundreds of cases nationwide after numerous natural disasters, at all stages of the case. Mary-Ellen advises clients on the existence of insurance coverage related to the handling of insurance claims under commercial general liability, automobile, homeowners, personal and commercial property, and Standard Flood Insurance Policies.

Mary-Ellen litigates insurance coverage disputes and extra-contractual liability lawsuits involving the duty of good faith and fair dealing, Stowers liability, the Texas Insurance Code, and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  Her in-house experience combined with her years of trial, litigation management, and contract management experience offers her clients a unique perspective.

“Thompson Coe is a highly respected firm nationwide,” Mary-Ellen said. “With its varied practice areas and over 200 attorneys in five offices spanning three states, the firm provides a unique service to its clients serving as a one-stop for our client’s legal needs nationwide. I’m honored to join Thompson Coe and its commitment to excellence and top-notch client service.”

Mary-Ellen received her J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law and her B.A. in political science from The University of Alabama.