Our insurance attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of general, business, and tort litigation, insurance coverage issues, and the insurance industry in general.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka has extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation. Our cases have involved a wide array of matters, including rendering coverage opinions, handling declaratory judgment and bad faith actions arising out of coverage disputes between insurers and policyholders, as well as handling allocation and subrogation issues between insurers. Our insurance attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of general, business, and tort litigation, insurance coverage issues, and the insurance industry in general.
Our attorneys have successfully handled virtually every type of coverage issue including interpretation of insuring agreements and exclusions, an insurer’s duty to defend, duty to indemnify, duty to settle, duty to appeal, and duty to post bonds, and the policyholder’s duty to cooperate, duty to supplement disclosures on insurance applications, and duty to notify. Our attorneys have handled these coverage issues in connection with a variety of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, commercial property, disability, employer’s liability, errors and omissions, homeowners, professional liability, workers’ compensation, umbrella, and excess policies.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka also partners with our clients’ risk management teams in developing risk management policies that reduce losses without unnecessarily limiting activities that advance the unique mission and goals of each of our clients. Our insurance attorneys evaluate and make recommendations regarding the sufficiency of our clients’ insurance coverage and indemnity arrangements to protect their customers, visitors, personnel, financial resources, and property from unintended and unanticipated losses. We also provide counseling and training that allow our clients’ management and staff to manage and balance risks created by each client’s operations—including the development of industry and regulatory compliance programs and incident reporting guidelines.
Areas of Expertise
- Coverage Opinions
- Declaratory Judgment Actions
- Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Claims Litigation
- Advice Regarding Maximizing Insurance Assets in Business Transactions, Including Corporate Purchase/Sales and Indemnity Arrangements
- Counseling Regarding Risk Management Program and Scope of Insurance Products
- Tracing Corporate Histories to Establish Terms of Lost Policies
- Premises Liability
- Negotiated settlement of an insurance coverage allocation dispute involving over $25 million in toxic tort claims arising out of alleged workplace exposure at industrial facility.
- Represented managing general agent in wrongful policy cancellation lawsuit. Summary judgment was granted in favor of managing general agent and affirmed on appeal by the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.
- Represented consumer in negligent policy procurement and Deceptive Trade Practices lawsuit against retail agent arising out of wrongful death case at governmental facility. Settlement was reached for recovery of costs of defending and settlement of underlying wrongful death action as well as other consequential damages.
- Best Lawyers in America® recognizes 87 Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys in a peer selection process for the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaAugust 17, 2023
- Houston Business Journal – Chamberlain Hrdlicka plans $6M update at Allen Center headquarters to accommodate growthChamberlain Hrdlicka’s continued growth in Texas drives strategic office renovations in Houston and San AntonioAugust 4, 2023
- 2022 Texas Super Lawyers includes Chamberlain Hrdlicka AttorneysSeptember 21, 2022
- Best Lawyers in America® recognizes 72 Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys in a peer selection process for the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaAugust 18, 2022
- Chamberlain Hrdlicka increases and enhances listings in 2022 US News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" RankingsNovember 4, 2021
- Best Lawyers in America® selects 54 Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys for Recognition for 2022August 19, 2021
- Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys are ranked in Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Corporate, Criminal Defense, Employee Benefits, Energy, Immigration, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Real Estate, Tax, and Trust & EJune 22, 2021
- Super Lawyers names Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys at 2021 Texas Rising StarsMarch 23, 2021
- Quote by Justin VandenBout on "Limit Your Liability: Planners Must Know How To Protect Themselves In A Post-Covid Environment"Insurance & Financial Meetings Management, March 2, 2021
- Houstonia Magazine names Chamberlain Attorneys as 2021 Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine, November 30, 2020
- Chamberlain Hrdlicka continues to enhance its US News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings in 2021November 5, 2020
- Sebastien Chain, Justin VandenBout and Jaime Vasquez named 2020 Rising StarsMarch 10, 2020
- February 13, 2020
- December 2019
- Record Number of Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys Named to US News 2020 Best Lawyers in America® and Four Attorneys Recognized as Lawyer of the YearAugust 15, 2019
- Experienced civil trial attorney heads to the Philadelphia office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Seminars & Presentations
- Chamberlain Hrdlicka will host Laredo Tax and Business Planning Seminar at the Laredo Country Club on November 8, 2022November 8, 2022
- In-Person & Virtual - Chamberlain Hrdlicka 5th Annual San Antonio Tax and Business Planning Seminar - November 3, 2022Chamberlain Hrdlicka will have our 5th Annual San Antonio Tax and Business Planning Seminar at The St. Anthony Hotel on November 3, 2022November 3, 2022
- "War! What Is It Good For? Helping Your Business Avoid Insurance Coverage Battles for Losses Flowing from the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict"William McMichael article on "War! What Is It Good For? Helping Your Business Avoid Insurance Coverage Battles for Losses Flowing from the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict"Shale Magazine, June 2022
- Article by Phil Karter and Pat McCann on “Looking at Small Captives in a Post-Pandemic World"Bloomberg Tax, December 21, 2020
- Article by Christine Kirchner on “5 Tips for Responding to Civil Investigative Demands”Risk Management Magazine, September 17, 2020
- Article by Philip Karter and Patrick McCann on IRS Announcement Likely Overstates True Impact of Captive Insurance SettlementBloomberg Tax, February 28, 2020