Rhonda J. Thompson
Rhonda Thompson focuses on trial work on behalf of insurance carriers directly and on behalf of their policyholders.
Rhonda directly represents insurance carriers, both commercial and personal lines, in a variety of coverage-related litigation, bad faith cases, and carrier-to-carrier disputes. She regularly advises insurers on complex and unique coverage issues under commercial liability, auto, farm, and property policies as well as errors and omissions policies, directors and officers policies, and tenant and homeowners’ policies. Rhonda is sought after to advise on complex business interruption and civil authority matters along with additional insured issues, shared defense and indemnity obligations, and contractual indemnity disputes, including litigating these issues on their behalf or on behalf of their policyholders.
Throughout her career, Rhonda has devoted a significant amount of time training insurance carriers and businesses on a wide range of topics, including claim litigation management, risk management, insurance coverage topics, and general claims handling.
Obtained federal court summary judgment on behalf of CGL carrier, upheld by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully arguing no duty to defend against alleged violations of federal trademark infringement and related claims as personal and advertising injury.
Obtained directed verdict in federal commercial property insurance case with eventual take nothing judgment entered in favor of the insurance carrier with an award of taxable court costs.
Lead trial counsel for commercial property hail damage case that resulted in state court jury verdict sufficiently lower than a rejected statutory offer, and allowing for offset and zeroing out the damages and fees awarded.
Obtained defense verdicts after jury trial in numerous commercial and residential lawsuits seeking damages due to breach of contract and bad faith arising out of insurance property claims for hail and other weather events.
Obtained post-appraisal federal court summary judgment on behalf of surplus lines property insurer, dismissing all contractual and extra-contractual claims after payment of the appraisal award.
Obtained favorable rulings in relation to various plaintiffs’ motions to remand based upon the fraudulent joinder of a state, resident insurance adjuster.
Obtained federal court summary judgment on behalf of property insurer on issue of lack of insurable and financial interest of mortgagee/lienholder not named on the policy.
Tried Hurricane Ike lawsuit through jury verdict resulting in amicable settlement during appeal process.
Represented insurers in judicial proceedings involving appraisal.
Obtained state summary judgment ruling on the applicability of Named Driver Exclusion in context of an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim.
Obtained federal court summary judgment on behalf of liability insurer on securities errors and omissions claim due to insured’s failure to satisfy condition precedent to coverage.
Obtained state summary judgment ruling on behalf of liability insurer due to claimant’s failure to meet requirements of the additional insured endorsement.
Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of lawyers’ professional liability insurer on issues related to whether legal services and covered damages were alleged or established.
Obtained summary judgment state court in favor of personal property insurers on the grounds that the claimant lacked standing to assert insurance code violations for failing to include general contractor’s overhead and profit in replacement cost estimates.
Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of personal liability insurer resulting in finding of no duty to defend or indemnify in case on basis of the absence of an occurrence.
Defended excess legal liability insurer in bad faith/declaratory judgment action by advancing the application of policy’s retroactive date and resulting in insurer’s settlement contribution well below policy limits.
Represented and advised various insurers in further investigating numerous personal and commercial property claims through conducting examinations under oath.
Represented and advised various personal and commercial property insurers regarding legal issues unique to policies’ appraisal clause.
Obtained favorable summary judgment in property/bad faith lawsuit, resulting in dismissal of all bad faith claims and rendering the appraisal demand moot.
Lawyer of the Year list
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Listed for Insurance Coverage and Civil Litigation: Defense
Insurance Coverage and Civil Litigation: Defense
Listed for Insurance Law
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Baylor University School of Law
Order of Barristers
National Trial Competition Mock Trial Finalist
Mock Trial Best Overall Advocate
University of North Texas
Oklahoma State University
United States District Court of Texas
Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western
United States Court of Appeals
Professional and Community Activities
New Mexico Women’s Bar Association
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
Houston Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
Judiciary Committee, Legal Ethics Committee and Bench Bar Conference Committee, 2018-present
Booker T. Washington High School Performing & Visual Arts
Theater Conservatory Board, 2016-present
Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Parent Organization Board, 2017-present
State Bar of Texas
Insurance and Litigation Sections
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Baylor Law School
Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, Scoring Judge, 2013–2020