George Arnold devotes his practice to defending individuals, corporations, healthcare providers, insurance agents and insurers in litigation primarily in state and federal courts in Southeast Texas and South Texas. He has tried jury and bench trials in courts in the Houston and surrounding areas and as far south as McAllen, Texas along the Texas-Mexico border. He has significant experience representing clients in serious injury and death cases and representing insurance professionals and insurers in bad faith, property and hurricane litigation involving personal insurance, commercial insurance, and life and health insurance.
George regularly serves as lead counsel defending clients in litigation based upon claims of premises liability, product liability and professional liability, and violations of the Texas Dram Shop Statute, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Texas Insurance Code.
Before joining Thompson Coe, George was in-house counsel at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company for 12 years serving as counsel in the Claims Department and the General Counsel’s Office. His experience at Fireman’s Fund involved representation of the insurer and insureds, as well as litigation management and the development of strategic outside counsel arrangements.
Defended owners and managers of shopping malls, hospitality industry, apartment complexes and other commercial properties in general premises liability, security, elevator and escalator litigation.
Defended general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in construction accident and construction defect litigation.
Defended physicians and ancillary healthcare professionals in medical malpractice litigation and mass pharmaceutical litigation.
Defended petrochemical industry producers, refiners, transporters, sellers and affiliated trades in well-site, refinery, trucking and store litigation.
Defended insurance agents in errors and omissions claims involving personal, commercial, life and health insurance.
Defended insurers in extra-contractual claims involving personal and commercial insurance and particularly hurricane litigation.
Appellate representation of clients in Houston and Beaumont Courts of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans.
Directed verdict in Harris County for commercial premises owner in security case.
Obtained defense verdict in Harris County for insurance agent in errors & omissions case involving placement of general liability coverage issue.
Obtained summary judgment in McAllen, Texas for insurance agent in errors & omissions case involving $1,000,000 life insurance policy.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Baylor University School of Law
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
United States District Court of Texas
Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western
United States Bankruptcy Court of Texas
Professional and Community Activities
Houston Bar Association
AIDS Outreach Committee, 2007–present; Special Olympics Committee, 2007–2008
Habitat for Humanity
HBA project volunteer
Human Rights Campaign
Texas Bar Foundation