Michael

W. Huddleston

Shareholder
500 N. Akard Street, Suite 3800
Dallas, TX 75201-6659

Overview

Mike’s practice focuses on commercial insurance, risk management, litigation management and appeals. He routinely represents corporate and professional policyholders and assists claimants in insurance recovery involving commercial insurance, including director and officer, general liability, excess/umbrella, commercial automobile and trucking, commercial property, cyber-liability, technology errors and omissions, pollution and environmental coverages, professional liability (including coverages for health care providers and medical equipment manufacturers, architects/engineers), specialty health coverages (including Medicare fraud, FLSA, etc.) aviation, reinsurance, fidelity, etc. He is often hired to manage large scale and complex litigation, particularly claims involving multiple claimants and/or excess and super-excess coverages, including providing advice on assisting the carriers to properly evaluate the case, assisting in the development of defense issues, particularly involving technical legal defenses, appellate issues and related insurance coverage issues.

He works closely with transactional and corporate counsel in the review and drafting of risk management provisions regarding insurance, indemnity, disclaimers, waivers and exculpatory clauses in a wide variety of commercial agreements, including commercial real estate contracts, construction contracts and leases, agreements with municipalities and other service contracts. He also provides advice regarding insurance options such as owner and/or contractor controlled insurance programs, project specific professional liability, contractor’s professional liability plus indemnity, etc. He also assesses insurance and liability exposure and alternative options such as representation and warranty coverage in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Mike is a leader in the insurance law field. He is a fellow and Board Member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel. He was recently awarded the 2017 Thomas Segalla Service Award for his creativity, persistence, volunteerism and leadership in the practice of law as a policyholder counsel. He was selected the “Go-To Lawyer” in Insurance Law by Texas Lawyer in 2012, and has been named a “Top Ranked” Leader  in Their Field, Band 1 in Insurance Law by Chambers USA since 2004. He was one of the founding officers and is a past-Chair of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section. He is a frequent speaker at insurance and business law seminars in Texas and nationally.

Education

Admission

Achievements

  • Chambers USA – Band 1 “Top Ranked” Leaders in Their Field, Insurance – Texas (2004-2017)
  • D Magazine – Best Lawyers in Dallas (2012-2017)
  • Dallas Bar Association – “Section of the Year” Award for Leadership as Chair of the Tort & Insurance Section
  • International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance – Texas Leading Business Lawyers (2008)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent®, Peer Review RatedTM
  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2017)
  • Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide“Go-To Lawyer” in Insurance Law (2012); “Top Notch” (2008)
  • Woodward/White, Inc. – Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” (2015); Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Insurance Law (2006-2018)
  • Memberships

    • American College of Contractual and Extra-Contractual Counsel (Elected 2013)(Elected to Board of Directors 2016)
    • State Bar of Texas, Insurance Section (Past-Chair and Founding Officer)
    • Dallas Bar Association, Tort & Insurance (Past-Chair)  and Appellate (Past-Chair and Founding Officer)
    • American Inns of Court, Mack Taylor Inn (Master)

Overview

Mike’s practice focuses on commercial insurance, risk management, litigation management and appeals. He routinely represents corporate and professional policyholders and assists claimants in insurance recovery involving commercial insurance, including director and officer, general liability, excess/umbrella, commercial automobile and trucking, commercial property, cyber-liability, technology errors and omissions, pollution and environmental coverages, professional liability (including coverages for health care providers and medical equipment manufacturers, architects/engineers), specialty health coverages (including Medicare fraud, FLSA, etc.) aviation, reinsurance, fidelity, etc. He is often hired to manage large scale and complex litigation, particularly claims involving multiple claimants and/or excess and super-excess coverages, including providing advice on assisting the carriers to properly evaluate the case, assisting in the development of defense issues, particularly involving technical legal defenses, appellate issues and related insurance coverage issues.

He works closely with transactional and corporate counsel in the review and drafting of risk management provisions regarding insurance, indemnity, disclaimers, waivers and exculpatory clauses in a wide variety of commercial agreements, including commercial real estate contracts, construction contracts and leases, agreements with municipalities and other service contracts. He also provides advice regarding insurance options such as owner and/or contractor controlled insurance programs, project specific professional liability, contractor’s professional liability plus indemnity, etc. He also assesses insurance and liability exposure and alternative options such as representation and warranty coverage in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Mike is a leader in the insurance law field. He is a fellow and Board Member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel. He was recently awarded the 2017 Thomas Segalla Service Award for his creativity, persistence, volunteerism and leadership in the practice of law as a policyholder counsel. He was selected the “Go-To Lawyer” in Insurance Law by Texas Lawyer in 2012, and has been named a “Top Ranked” Leader  in Their Field, Band 1 in Insurance Law by Chambers USA since 2004. He was one of the founding officers and is a past-Chair of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section. He is a frequent speaker at insurance and business law seminars in Texas and nationally.

Experience

  • Products Liability Coverage

    Handled a dispute regarding the insurability of punitive damages in connection with multiple claims resulting from an automobile accident involving an oil and gas company

  • Products Liability Coverage 

    Represented a large regional car dealership in dealing with its primary, excess and super-excess general liability and umbrella insurers in connection with the defense and handling

  • Professional Liability Coverage 

    Represented a property management company after a couple suffered brain damage from alleged exposure to carbon monoxide while staying at a hotel. The

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