Jennifer Kearns devotes much of her practice to the representation of insurance carriers against allegations of breach of contract, “bad faith,” insurance code violations and deceptive trade practices. Her representation includes both commercial and personal lines policies, as well as third-party disputes involving coverage.
She also handles casualty claims stemming from allegations of premises liability, products liability, or personal injury, and commercial litigation.
Managed defense of and resolved over 500 residential and commercial lawsuits resulting from recent weather catastrophes occurring throughout the state on behalf of multiple insurance carriers.
Conducted and obtained favorable rulings in over 50 administrative hearings before the Texas Department of Insurance concerning issues involving windstorm damage, underwriting issues, and most notably, "slab" cases on Bolivar Peninsula following Hurricane Ike.
Obtained and acted as liaison counsel for six MDL ("Multi-District Litigation) dockets for the consolidation and coordinated handling of hundreds of residential and commercial lawsuits against multiple insurance carriers stemming from Hurricanes Rita, Ike, Dolly and Hidalgo County hailstorms, resulting in more cost-effective defense.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Pepperdine University School of Law
Our Lady of Lake University
United States District Court of California
Central, Eastern, Southern
United States District Court of Texas
Southern and Western
Professional and Community Activities
Council for Litigation Management
Bad Faith and Construction Defect Committees
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar
American Bar Association
Austin Bar Association
Litigation and Construction Sections