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Strong Pipkin recognized – 2020 “Best Law Firms”

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:

Beaumont

Litigation – Construction
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Houston

Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Mike Hendryx receives the Exceptional Service Award

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.

John Bridger Presents Attorneys’ Fees Paper at HBA CLE Event

Strong Pipkin senior partner John Bridger spoke on the topic “Maximizing Prosecuting or Defending Your Attorneys’ Fees Claim in Texas” at a Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education event presenting a paper he wrote along with David Kirby, a Strong Pipkin senior associate. A video of the presentation can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/340743062/2bf6a98363 and HBA members may receive CLE credit by accessing the presentation at https://apps.hba.org/cle-videos/all/6/. John and David are rapidly becoming two of the most prolific attorneys’ fees authors in Texas having also written Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Federal CourtFor The Defense, March 2019, Prosecuting and Defending Attorneys’ Fees in Texas: A Primer (2nd ed.) for the Jefferson County Bar Association in 2018, and Prosecuting and Defending Attorneys’ Fees in Texas: A Primer (1st ed.) for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel in 2017. As a result, they have also been retained as attorneys’ fees experts by clients both prosecuting and defending attorneys’ fees claims.

Strong Pipkin Successfully Recovers For Policyholder From London insurers

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.

“The Challenger Disaster”

Strong Pipkin performed all of the legal work for the feature-length film “The Challenger Disaster” to be released in theaters on January 25.

Strong Pipkin attorneys are recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Best Lawyers®, by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession.  Eight Strong Pipkin attorneys are recognized in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the following categories:

Commercial Litigation

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael T. Bridwell
  • Houston, TX
    • K. B. Battaglini
    • John G. Bissell
    • John W. Bridger
    • Michael Hendryx

Litigation – Construction

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Greg M. Dykeman

Litigation – Environmental

  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
    • Michael Hendryx

Litigation – Labor and Employment

  • Houston, TX
    • Michael Hendryx

Litigation – Real Estate

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Greg M. Dykeman

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael L. Baker
    • Michael T. Bridwell
    • Greg M. Dykeman
    • David W. Ledyard
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
    • John W. Bridger

Natural Resources Law

  • Houston , TX
    • K. B. Battaglini

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael L. Baker
    • Michael T. Bridwell
    • Greg M. Dykeman
    • David W. Ledyard
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
    • John W. Bridger
    • Michael Hendryx

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael L. Baker
    • Michael T. Bridwell
    • David W. Ledyard
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell