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301 Congress Avenue, Suite 2100
Austin, Texas 78701Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 512-474-9124
Fax: 512-474-8582
E-Mail: info@chmc-law.com
www.chmc-law.com
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Established: 1984

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Medical Liability
  • Health Care
  • Professional Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Casualty
  • Coverage Issues
  • Automobile
  • Bad Faith
  • Subrogation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Administrative Law
  • Business and Real Estate Transactions
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
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About Us
Chamberlain McHaney is a litigation firm of experienced attorneys with broad and deep expertise in civil trial and appellate law. The firm’s senior attorneys are all AV rated, indicating the highest professional and ethical standards as determined by peer ratings, and they include a Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, a Chair of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Trust, a 2005-2016 Super Lawyer, a partner who has been honored as The Outstanding Defense Bar Leader in the nation by DRI (the largest association of defense lawyers in the world), and two members of the prestigious, invitation only American Board of Trial Advocates.

Our firm is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers).

We represent clients, including Fortune 500 companies and major insurers, in all areas of litigation. In particular, we represent manufacturers and retailers in cases involving product liability and negligence; oil and gas litigation; environmental pollution litigation; health care providers in medical malpractice claims; public and private employers in disputes in employment litigation, including class actions and cases involving Title VII, Section 1983, the ADEA and the ADA; public and private land owners and occupiers and general and subcontractors in premises liability and construction site accident cases; trucking and transportation litigation; state administrative law claims; professionals in malpractice cases; and we represent individuals, business corporations and partnerships in disputes involving contract claims and business torts.
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Additional Locations
San Antonio, Texas
310 South St. Mary's, Suite 1815
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Telephone: 210-227-3331
Fax: 210-227-3334
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Ascension HealthAssociated International Insurance Company
Burlington Insurance GroupCentral Mutual Insurance Company
Certain Underwriters at Lloyd'sChubb Group of Insurance Companies
Church Mutual Insurance CompanyCincinnati Insurance Company
Florists' Insurance CompanyGallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
GHS Property and Casualty Insurance CompanyGlobal Liberty Insurance Company of New York
GuideOne InsuranceHanover Insurance Company
Hartford Insurance CompanyThe Horace Mann Companies
Mid-Continent Casualty CompanyNational Interstate Insurance Company
Professional Risk ManagementProPoint Claim Services, LLC
Sedgwick Claims ManagementSeton Healthcare Network
Specialty Risk Services, Inc. (SRS)Texas Association of School Boards
USA Managed Care Organization, Inc.York Risk Services Group, Inc.
Zurich Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Carr Development Inc.The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Doucet & Associates, Inc.Flying J, Inc.
Gift-Neuhaus Properties, Inc.HMI Financial
Innovative Risk Management, Inc.Jakel Incorporated
La Hacienda MarketsMid-Continent Homebuilders, Inc.
Regal-Beloit CorporationTRT Holdings, Inc.
Wellington Financial Services, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
David E. Chamberlain, Senior Partner
Austin, TX
E-Mail:dchamberlain@chmc-law.com
Years of Experience:38
Admitted
  • Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1999
Additional Biographical Details:
Named Outstanding Defense Bar Leader in Nation by DRI, the Largest International Association of Defense Lawyers, 2006; Best Lawyers in America (2012-present); Texas Super Lawyer (2004-present); National Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-present), Texas Monthly Magazine; Course Director: 2013 & 2014 Business Disputes Law Course, 2014 Advanced Civil Trial Law Course, and 2007 Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas (Chair of the Board of Directors, 2015-2016; Executive Committee 2014-2017; Frequent Speaker, Course Director, and Planning Committee Member; 2014 Standing Ovation Award; 2014 Presidential Citation)
  • Austin Bar Association (President, 2012; Outstanding Board Director, 2008)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Texas Chapters 2014-2015); President, Austin Chapter 2016-present)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (President, 2005; Founder's Award, 2009)
  • Defense Research Institute (National Board of Directors, 2009-2011)
  • Austin Bar Foundation (President, 2013)
  • State Bar Insurance Trust (Chair, 2014-2016)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Certifications:
  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (over 10 years)
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, B.A., 1975
  • Oxford University, England
  • St. Mary's University, J.D. (with distinction), 1978
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J. Gordon McHaney, Managing Partner
Austin, TX
E-Mail:gmchaney@chmc-law.com
Years of Experience:31
Admitted
  • Texas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2005
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1983
  • St. Mary's University, J.D., 1986
Born:1960
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Of Counsel
Catherine L. Kyle
Austin, TX
E-Mail:ckyle@chmc-law.com
Years of Experience:30
Admitted
  • Texas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1990
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association (Director, 1998-2000)
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association (Director, 1990-1993; Treasurer, 1991-1993; Fellows Founding Member, Secretary, 1995-1999)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association (Liaison to TWLA 2012)
  • Texas Women Lawyers Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. (Plan II Honors), 1983
  • Baylor Law School, J.D. (with honors), 1986
Honors:
National Merit Scholar; Phi Eta Sigma
Born:1963
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Timothy B. Poteet
Austin, TX
E-Mail:tpoteet@chamberlainmchaney.com
Years of Experience:33
Admitted
  • Texas, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Texas
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Amicus Committee
Education:
  • The University of Texas, B.A. (with high honors), 1981
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1984
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Michael S. Simpson
Austin, TX
E-Mail:msimpson@chmc-law.com
Years of Experience:34
Admitted
  • Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas (Construction Law, Civil Litigation and Insurance Sections)
  • Austin Bar Association (Construction Law, Civil Litigation and Insurance Sections)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Austin College, B.A./M.A., 1974
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1981
Born:1951
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Associates
Erin Westendorf
Austin, TX
Years of Experience:13
Admitted
  • Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, 2005
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1998
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 2003
Born:1976
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Melissa White
Austin, TX
Years of Experience:12
Admitted
  • Ohio (Inactive), 2004
  • Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2014
Additional Biographical Details:
Twenty-Six First Chair Jury Trials in Texas
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Women and the Law Sections)
  • Austin Bar Association
Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator, The University of Texas School of Law Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution (2015)
Education:
  • Heidelberg College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1998
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2004
Law Review:
Akron Law Review (2002-2003); Text & Research Editor (2003-2004)
Born:1976
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Rudolph K. Metayer
Austin, TX
Years of Experience:11
Admitted
  • Texas, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:
Diocese of Austin Young Leaders; Leadership Austin; Pflugerville Rotary Club; Austin Area Research Organization (AARO)
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas (Director)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Austin Black Lawyers Association (Past President)
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2003
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • The University of Texas Institute of Public Affairs, M.P.Aff., 2016
Born:1980
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Adrian R. Ciechanowicz
Austin, TX
Years of Experience:13
Admitted
  • Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
Education:
  • Texas State University, B.S., 1996
  • Texas State University, M.S., 1999
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2004
Born:1973
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Wylie E. Kumler
Austin, TX
E-Mail:wkumler@chmc-law.com
Years of Experience:12
Admitted
  • Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:
Texas Super Lawyers - Texas Rising Stars, 2010-2015
Education:
  • New Mexico State University, B.A., 1998
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Born:1973
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Veronica R. Gibson
Austin, TX
E-Mail:vgibson@chmc-law.com
Years of Experience:8
Admitted
  • Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2014
Memberships:
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2006
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., 2009
Born:1984
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Eva M. De Leon
Austin, TX
Years of Experience:7
Admitted
  • Texas, 2010
Memberships:
  • Austin Bar Association
Education:
  • Northwestern State University, B.A. (cum laude), 2004
  • Southern Methodist University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2010
Born:1982
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Additional Links
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High Profile Cases
Graper v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co.; Petroleum Solutions, Inc. v Head Enterprises; Materials Evaluation and Technology Corp. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co.; Mid-Continent Casualty Co. v. Global Enercom Mgmt.; Ramirez v. Fifth Club, Inc., 196 S.W.3d 788
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Service Areas
Georgetown, Texas27 miles
San Marcos, Texas25 miles
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