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Overview

David is a trial lawyer focusing on insurance coverage disputes.

He provides strategic evaluations and insights that help global insurance carriers across the country assess their exposure and avoid litigation, bringing his experience and analytical skills to bear on a variety of risk management issues. Closely monitoring developments in the insurance industry, David ensures his clients are aware of developing case law and changes in the regulatory and legislative landscapes that may impact their business. He always works with the client’s business goals in mind—and with decades of experience in insurance litigation, he’s very familiar with the business concerns of insurance companies.

When litigation is necessary, David works closely with in-house counsel to create and implement a strategic plan for resolution. He has experience in handling claims and lawsuits throughout the country, encompassing a wide variety of policy types, losses, and disputes, including hurricanes and other natural catastrophes, personal injuries, environmental liabilities, construction defects, reinsurance disputes, arbitrations, class actions, and bankruptcy proceedings, among others. He also advises clients on critical and evolving issues like bad faith, the allocation of liability among multiple insurance policies, and ethical obligations in insurance relationships.

David’s priority is always open, frequent communication with clients. He is aware that litigation is a stressful process for companies, and he understands the high stakes involved. As a result, it’s important to him that clients understand his legal analysis, play an active role, and have confidence in his strategy. David’s goal is to remain in touch and accessible.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law, 2016-2020
  • Chambers USA, Insurance, 2020
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2012-2019
  • D Magazine Partners, Inc.'s Best Lawyers in Dallas©, Insurance Law, 2011-2017

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law
      • Washington and Lee Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • Plan II

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • State Bar of Texas
Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing breach of contract and bad faith claims against insurance company arising from damages awarded against a construction company for exterior panel defects.
  • Secured dismissal of claims against insurance company under Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) policies for cleanup costs and personal injury claims arising from multiple sites throughout the United States.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance company in a claim for business interruption losses arising from Hurricane Rita evacuation orders.
  • Secured dismissal of contractual and extracontractual claims against insurance company based on environmental remediation costs at California refinery.
  • Negotiated settlement agreement and insurance policy buyback, and successfully challenged objections lodged by various parties, in insured’s bankruptcy proceeding following chemical spill into river in West Virginia and resulting class actions against insured and its officers.
  • Secured summary judgment dismissing claims against insurance company on a claim under a marine services liability policy for the defense of a lawsuit alleging that the insured negligently installed and repaired a vessel’s engines.
  • Obtained reversal on appeal of order allowing jurisdiction over Mexican insurance company in Texas state court for claims arising explosion at candy manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico.
  • Representative clients include:
    • AIG
    • CNA
    • Houston General Insurance Co.
    • The Riverstone Group
    • Navigators Specialty Insurance Company
    • GLOBAL Reinsurance Corp.
    • Allianz Risk Transfer
    • Seguros Afirme, S.A. de C.V.
News Releases | September 03, 2019
Nine Husch Blackwell Lawyers Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers

Covering more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers is a directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | April 04, 2018
Dallas Business Journal: Law firm expands in Texas with 14 lawyers from Gardere Wynne Sewell (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 02, 2018
Texas Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Grabs 14 Lawyers from Gardere On Heels of Foley-Gardere Merger (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 02, 2018
Law360: Husch Blackwell Adds 14 From Gardere Wynne In Texas (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

News Releases | April 02, 2018
Husch Blackwell Announces Major Expansion in Texas; Adds 14 Lawyers to Offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

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