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Michael W. McCoy

Partner
mwm@frfirm.com

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Four Houston Center
1331 Lamar Street, Suite 1560
Houston, Texas 77010

Telephone: (713) 654-1560
Direct Dial: (713) 654-3308
Fax: (713) 654-7930
Mobile: (713) 253-8299
E-Mail: mwm@frfirm.com

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Mr. McCoy has expertise in insurance coverage and related matters. During his almost 40-year career, he has been involved in complicated and sophisticated insurance coverage disputes involving multi parties, multi lines of insurance, reinsurance, retail and wholesale insurance brokers, including before the Texas Insurance Commission, in almost every dispute, managing general agencies, and various syndicates from the overseas market.

Mr. McCoy has been involved in insurance coverage litigation involving almost every type of insurance policy imaginable, in both first and third party insurance cases, and in respect to both primary and excess insurance. Additionally, he has represented insurance brokers in almost every type of dispute over the brokering and producing of insurance policies, has represented other professionals in liability and malpractice actions, including lawyers, and has defended numerous insurance carriers and third party claims administrators in "bad faith" and extra-contractual litigation, and has been involved in countless general insurance defense matters ranging in scope from premises liability to sophisticated machinery products cases.

Mr. McCoy writes and lectures frequently in the insurance coverage, insurance "bad faith" and insurance broker errors and omissions area, is active as an affiliate member of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Organization, and additionally serves as an expert witness with respect to coverage, and insurance broker errors and omissions. Further, Mr. McCoy is also actively involved in employment litigation on behalf of employers, and is active as an affiliate member in certain HR organizations.

Born Houston, Texas, October 12, 1955. Admitted to Texas Bar, 1979. Also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Texas (B.A., with high honors, 1976); legal education, Baylor University (J.D., 1979); Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Associate Editor, Baylor Law Review, 1977-1979. Member: State Bar of Texas; American Bar Association; Houston Bar Association; Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; Texas Bar Foundation. Lecturer and Author: Representing an Insurance Company at Trial and Overcoming Jury Bias; State Bar of Texas Lecture Series: Spring, 1993; Summer, 1993; Spring, 1994; and Summer, 1994. Lecturer: Insurance Concerns; Houston Claims Association; 1992 and 1993. Lecturer: Conducting Depositions; Houston Association of Independent Insurance Agents; 1994 and 2000. Lecturer: Disputes Among Insurance Carriers; University of Houston Law Center and Advanced Personal Injury Seminar or Advanced Insurance Seminar: Summer, 1996; Summer, 1997; Summer, 1998; Summer, 1999; Summer, 2000 and Spring, 2001. Lecturer and Author: Appraisal and Arbitration; Texas Insurance Law Symposium at South Texas Law School; Fall, 1997. Lecturer and Author: Overview of Agents' and Brokers' Errors and Omissions Liability; Houston Association of Independent Insurance Agents; Summer, 1998 and Fall, 1998; Texas Insurance Law Symposium; Summer, 1998 and 1999. Lecturer: Recent Trends in Employment Law; Association of Hospital Human Resource Managers, 1998. Director and Participant. Mock Trials: Houston Association of Independent Insurance Agents, 1994 and 1997; Tarrant County Association of Independent Insurance Agents, 1994; Houston Claims Association, 1994; Association of Human Resource Managers, 1996 and 1998. AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Texas Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, as named by Texas Monthly Magazine in insurance coverage area; Top Lawyer as named by H Magazine, 2008, 2009.

Practices:

  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation

Awards:

  • AV Rated by Martindale- Hubbell Law Directory
  • Texas Super Lawyer in insurance coverage area, 2006-2007
  • Best’s Top Insurance Lawyers in the U.S., 2016, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law

Bars & Courts:

  • Texas Bar, 1979
  • U.S.
 Court 
of 
Appeals, 
Fifth 
Circuit, 
Eleventh 
Circuit
  • U.S. 
District
 Court Northern,
 Eastern,
 Southern
 and 
Western 
Districts 
of
 Texas

Education:

  • B.A., 
with 
high 
honors, 
University 
of 
Texas, 
1976
  • J.D., 
Baylor 
University, 
1979, 
Baylor 
Law 
Review

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas
Association
of
Defense
Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Foundation

Publications

  • Representing an Insurance Company at Trial and Overcoming Jury Bias, 1993-1994
  • Appraisal and Arbitration, 1997
  • Overview of Agents’ and Brokers’ Errors and Omissions Liability, 1998; updated in 2008
  • Disputes Among Insurance Carriers, 1996-1997
  • The Insurance Company and the Defense Firm Relationship, 2002
  • Professional Liability: Claims and Coverage Issues

 

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