Robert Wall concentrates his practice in the defense of insurance carriers and insurance professionals in first-party bad faith litigation. In addition to claims litigation, he has extensive experience working with clients on issues of coverage, pre-suit claims consultation, appraisal, subrogation and the defense of insureds under liability and professional liability policies.
Clients rely on Robert’s experience to effectively manage risks prior to and after a disputed claim decision. He supports clients defending lawsuits arising from claims made on homeowners, business owners, commercial property and inland marine lines.
Robert manages a robust litigation docket, regularly trying cases that could not otherwise be resolved and obtaining prompt economic resolutions for his clients wherever possible. He assists clients prior to the initiation of litigation in navigating issues of coverage, statutory compliance, appraisal and other complex claims handling issues. His practice also includes matters involving the representation of insureds under professional liability and general liability policies.
- Obtained a defense verdict for a carrier that was low enough to preclude any recovery of attorneys’ fees under Tex. Ins. Code § 542A, in a one-week federal jury trial on hail damage claim involving 27 commercial properties in Midland, Texas in a suit in the Western District of Texas.
- Obtained an order denying the recovery of attorney’s fees for failure to send Tex. Ins. Code § 542A pre-suit notice in a Hurricane Harvey claim involving a farm equipment dealership with 16 affected locations on the Texas Gulf Coast in a suit in the Southern District of Texas.
- Obtained summary judgment for an insured restaurant in a dram shop action in Bexar County District Court, Texas, where the plaintiff was represented by a regional personal injury powerhouse.
- Obtained a zero-liability verdict for a carrier in a federal jury trial of a windstorm damage claim in a suit in the Northern District of Texas.
- Obtained an order denying a motion to remand based on a Tapscott fraudulent misjoinder analysis in a suit in the Southern District of Texas.
- Obtained dismissal of an action against an out-of-state common carrier under the Carmack Amendment preemption and personal jurisdiction in the Western District of Texas.
- Obtained summary judgment in a homeowner’s bad faith lawsuit on a water damage claim in the Western District of Texas
- Obtained summary judgment in a commercial bad faith lawsuit over a foundation damage claim in the Western District of Texas.
- Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in an insurance fraud / bad faith diamond wholesaler case where contractual damage claims in the Northern District of Texas exceeded $580,000.
- Achieved dismissal of all extra-contractual claims in pretrial hearings and a zero-liability jury verdict on a contract claim.
- Obtained an order severing claims and compelling arbitration of a third-party defendant’s cross claims against a carrier in a broker procurement dispute involving a $2 million dollar cargo loss in the Southern District of New York. Also obtained summary judgment on a third-party plaintiff’s misrepresentation claims against a carrier.
- Obtained a zero-liability defense verdict after a one-week jury trial in a personal injury lawsuit involving medical damages in excess of $300,000 and a final pretrial demand from the plaintiff of $1.6 million in the Western District of Texas.