Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource
|Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys|
|Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.|
|Plaza of the Americas|
|700 North Pearl Street, 25th Floor|
|Dallas, Texas 75201-2832|
- Regulatory and Compliance
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|Since its inception, Thompson Coe has dedicated itself to being a national authority on insurance law and sophisticated insurance coverage issues. With offices in Texas, California, Louisiana, and Minnesota, our insurance practice is national in scope, with many of our attorneys serving insurers as national or regional counsel for regulatory, coverage and litigation matters. Our insurance business and regulatory attorneys have decades of experience handling mergers, acquisitions and formations of insurance entities and agencies, representing clients before insurance regulators, representing insurance organizations with their legislative initiatives, and handling insurance-related transactions. Clients hire our insurance coverage lawyers on a nationwide basis to handle complex coverage issues and disputes as well as bad faith and other extra-contractual litigation. And our insurance defense trial attorneys represent carriers and their insureds in many diverse areas, including professional liability, employment, products liability, construction, transportation, personal injury, class action and appellate matters.
Group Highlights: Insurance Industry Attorneys
- Chair of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section
- Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Recognized by the profession for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
- Extensive national visibility through speaking and writing on the latest insurance coverage and litigation issues for the benefit of clients and peers.
When natural and man-made catastrophes strike, clients turn to Thompson Coe. From Hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Ike, the Texas A&M bonfire accident and the failure of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility, to major trucking and transportation accidents, Thompson Coe is called upon to provide an immediate response to protect its clients' interests. Thompson Coe has demonstrated it has the resources to handle large-scale catastrophes on a national level, having represented numerous carriers on thousands of claims arising from recent hurricanes and storms.
Thompson Coe attorneys are involved in the formation and capitalization of reinsurance companies and captives and understand the complex relationships between reinsurers and ceding companies. We provide a wide range of services from drafting agreements to arbitrating disputes. We have also been involved in handling the difficult issues that arise out of insolvencies and commutations.
Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
The firm's attorneys help clients achieve legislative initiatives and resolve regulatory issues. Their involvement and experience in legislative and governmental processes enables them to effectively represent clients and advocate client positions before the legislature and other governmental agencies.
The combined strength of Thompson Coe's Insurance Regulatory and Transactions and Insurance Litigation and Coverage groups provide it with unparalleled depth in representing insurers in enforcement proceedings, regulation disputes, market conduct exams, and related litigation.
Insurance Litigation and Coverage
Thompson Coe's Insurance Litigation and Coverage group is one of the largest in the southern United States, with more than 50 attorneys whose primary practice is devoted to advising and defending insurers. Our coverage litigators defend insurers in lawsuits arising out of first- and third-party claims involving virtually every area of insurance, including coverage disputes, "bad faith claims," and other extra-contractual liabilities litigation. We advise clients and handle lawsuits involving a multitude of insurance coverages, including:
- General Liability
- Commercial Property
- Personal Lines
- Automobile and Trucking
- Builders Risk
- Director and Officer
- Professional Liability E&O
- Ocean Marine Surplus Lines
- Employment Practices/EPLI
- Fraud and Arson
- Excess and Umbrella
- Life, Health and Disability
- Jeweler’s Block
- Technology, Internet and E-Commerce.
We are national coordinating counsel for a number of insurance carriers, and regularly handle matters that can range from employment defense claims to toxic tort claims in state and federal courts throughout the country. Our insurance defense practice includes representing insureds in cases involving, among others:
We are respected by insurance carriers for our nationwide trial and appellate capabilities, and our work often involves precedent-setting cases. We excel at early case evaluation, which assists our clients in making trial or settlement decisions. As seasoned and aggressive litigators, clients are confident in our abilities when we are trying cases to conclusion before judges and juries.
- Professional Liability
- Employment Practices Litigation/EPLI
- General Liability
- Products Liability
- Personal Injury
Workers' Compensation/ Non-Subscriber
Thompson Coe has substantial experience handling issues and disputes involving workers' compensation issues and non-subscriber litigation, including litigating workers' compensation bad faith claims and representing workers' compensation insurers in regulatory matters.
Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
Thompson Coe has extensive experience handling life, health, disability and ERISA matters. We have handled matters involving claim disputes, denials, and bad faith allegations, coverage issues, policy rescissions, prompt pay claims, agent issues, premium and commission disputes, and regulatory and compliance matters.
Class Action Defense
Roger and other Thompson Coe attorneys have defended numerous high-profile insurance class action cases in Texas and throughout the nation. We have represented insurance clients in the trial and appellate courts in areas, including:
In individual, class action or mass tort lawsuits, we offer effective defense against allegations of injury or damage involving product liability, environmental contamination and toxic torts (including asbestos liability).
- Policy interpretation
- Diminished value
- Workers’ compensation rating and premiums
- Personal lines rating and premiums
- Discrimination in underwriting and pricing
- Financial stability rating and credit scoring
- Bill review systems
- Wage/Hour Disputes
- D&O Lawsuits
- Manual Rule compliance.
Insurance Agents and Brokers
Insurance agents and brokers from small independents to national carriers may face client claims resulting from the sales of life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, or annuities and other insurance products. Thompson Coe has some of the top insurance malpractice lawyers in Texas, who are unsurpassed in their ability to defend individual insurance agents, brokers, or brokerage agencies in litigation as well as in actions by the Texas Department of Insurance.
Additionally, our experienced insurance regulatory and transactions lawyer represent insurance agencies, brokerages, and agents with respect to their business, administrative, and regulatory needs, including the formation, licensing, acquisition and dissolution of insurance entities and assisting them with compliance issues.
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|Austin, Texas 78701|
|One Riverway, Suite 1400|
|Houston, Texas 77056|
|Los Angeles, California|
|12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200|
|Los Angeles, California 90025|
|New Orleans, Louisiana|
|650 Poydras Street, Suite 2750|
|New Orleans, Louisiana 70130|
|St. Paul, Minnesota|
|408 St. Peter Street, Suite 510|
|St. Paul, Minnesota 55102|
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|Roger D. Higgins|
- U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
- American, Illinois State and Dallas Bar Associations
- State Bar of Texas
- Board Certified, Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- University of Illinois, B.A. (with honors), 1979
- University of Illinois, J.D., 1982
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