Strong Pipkin is included in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Firms are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas. Strong Pipkin is ranked in the Metropolitan Tier 1 category in the following practice areas:
Litigation – Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Commercial Litigation Litigation – Environmental Litigation – Labor & Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Partner Mike Hendryx receives the Exceptional Service Award from the Texas Association of Defense Counsel at its Annual Meeting. The Award recognized his efforts during the last legislative session to pass House Bill 1693, which returned fairness and balance to a key process used in civil trials.
Strong Pipkin Partner Mike Hendryx on the Floor of the Texas Senate after testifying in support of HB 1693. The bill will make needed changes to the affidavit process provided under Texas Civil Practices and Remedy Code 18.001.
Strong Pipkin’s client purchased an “all risk” insurance policy subscribed to by national and international insurers, including various syndicates of Lloyd’s of London. The policy covered the insured’s West Texas wind farm. The policy contained a London Engineering Group 1/96 endorsement, excluding coverage for design and manufacturing defects. After a fire destroyed a multimillion dollar wind turbine, the insurers initiated an investigation. They continued to investigate the loss, without making a coverage determination, for two and a half years, continually claiming the need for more documents and data. After fending off the insurer’s preemptive, federal declaratory judgment action due to lack of complete diversity, the policyholder filed suit in state court claiming breach of contract, common law bad faith, and violations of Chapters 541 and 542 of the Texas Insurance Code. The insurers filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to avoid coverage by claiming New York law would bar recovery because suit was not filed by the policyholder within one year of the fire. Following a deposition of the outside claim adjuster and briefing to the court regarding the application of Texas law, which would render the one year suit limitation provision void, the insurers resolved the case on a very favorable basis to the Policyholder.