Tom Culpepper devotes his practice to professional liability defense, commercial disputes, and insurance coverage disputes. He has resolved hundreds of cases outside of trial, and he has tried over 20 cases to verdict. He is committed to helping clients reach the best possible resolution to their disputes whether it be through trial, arbitration or settlement.
Tom represents attorneys, insurance agents, insurers, real estate brokers, commercial property owners, accountants, third party administrators, officers and directors, and other professionals throughout Texas. He also guides professionals through grievance proceedings.
Tom served as Chairman of the Firm’s Professional Liability Section from 2001-2011 and in 2012, the Firm selected Tom to serve on its Management Committee.
Finally, Tom has testified before the Texas House and Senate in support of legislation addressing the inequities insurance professionals face when confronted with a professional liability lawsuit.
Won Fifth Circuit appeal in which the court upheld arbitration award for law firm client over unpaid legal fees.
After a one-week arbitration, the arbitration panel completely exonerated Tom's client, a prominent Plaintiff’s attorney on a legal malpractice claim. The Plaintiff claimed Defendant failed to put on sufficient evidence to sustain a multimillion dollar judgment on appeal.
Obtained a defense verdict for an insurance agency on misrepresentation and negligence claims.
Obtained defense verdict for an insurance agency in a two-week trial on a homeowner’s million dollar claim involving a substantially underinsured historic home.
Obtained summary judgment for a Dallas law firm on a malpractice claim in which the plaintiffs claimed the law firm mishandled a child custody case.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of large independent insurance agency on a multi-million dollar misrepresentation and fraud claim involving business interruption insurance.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a bonding agent on a school construction project in which the Plaintiff claimed the bonding agent misrepresented it would obtain performance bonds.
Obtained defense verdict in a multi-million dollar legal malpractice case in which the Plaintiff contended the law firm pursued frivolous claims. In the same case, Tom obtained a judgment in favor of his client on its fee claim.
Listed for Professional Liability
Listed for "Lawyer of the Year" Professional Liability - Defendants
Listed for Professional Liability: Defense, General Litigation, Personal Injury: Defense
Listed for Professional Liability Litigation
AV Peer Review Rated
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
St. Mary's University
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
United States District Court of Texas: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western
Professional and Community Activities
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Professional Liability Underwriters Society
Dallas Bar Association