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ASL Welcomes Former GC Tracy Schrader

We are pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.

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Texas Lawyer's Year in Review Features Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart was featured in the Dec. 15 issue of Texas Lawyer as their subject matter expert on insurance law. Here's an excerpt:

"While several delightfully nerdy insurance coverage issues are percolating through the courts, the most notable insurance law decision of 2014 is the Texas Supreme Court's unanimous opinion in Ewing Construction Co. v. Amerisure Ins. Co."

You can see the whole article at Texas Lawyer (if you have a subscription). 

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Insureds Pre"Vail" over the Independent Injury Rule

The pendulum seems to always swing to the left and right before it balances somewhere in the middle. For those who are old enough to remember the meteoric rise of insurance bad faith claims in the late 1980s, decisions issued in the latter part of the 1990s and beyond seemed to signal a near-anaphylactic reluctance by Texas courts to hold any insurer responsible for its conduct.

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All I Want for Christmas is a Drone!

I buy my son a remote-controlled helicopter every Christmas. It’s just one of many quirky traditions in my family. Because my son is now officially an adult (if 30 years old qualifies as adulthood), I thought he might enjoy an upgrade this year. So, I investigated drones. I was surprised to find a varied selection of drones equipped with different technological abilities like high-powered cameras, infrared sensors, facial recognition technology, license plate readers, and complex autonomous anti-collision systems. 

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Ebola :: The Insurance Side Effects

With the entrance of the Ebola virus into the United States this year, we have become acutely aware of public health issues raised by the threat of an outbreak, yet the potential economic impact of this virus and the associated need for proper risk management has not been considered as closely. The economic implications of the Ebola outbreak could be epic—the World Bank Group forecasts the affected countries’ economic loss to reach $32.6 billion by the end of the year.

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Looting in the Wake of the Ferguson Decision :: What Business Owners Need to Know About Their Insurance Policies

Reports of looting and violent protests in major cities followed the grand jury’s decision not to bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While business owners may be concerned about the safety of their property in high-risk areas, many may not have thought about whether damages arising out of acts of vandalism are covered by insurance. In fact, what’s not covered might come as a big surprise.

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SCOT Confirms the “No-direct-action” Rule Applies to Non-monetary Claims for Declaratory Relief

In a per curiam opinion issued Friday, the Texas Supreme Court confirmed third-party plaintiffs do not have standing to assert claims for declaratory relief against a liability insurer before establishing the insurer’s legal obligation to pay damages . 

In In re Essex Insurance Company, the Court granted Essex’s request for mandamus relief after the trial court refused to dismiss declaratory judgment claims filed by Rafael Zuniga in a personal injury suit Zuniga filed against San Diego Tortilla (“SDT”).   Zuniga lost his hand while operating a tortilla machine at SDT’s manufacturing facility.  Zuniga alleged that he was working as an independent contractor at the time of the injury, not as SDT’s employee.  

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NAIC Appoints Cyber Risk Task Force

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on November 19 announced the formation of a task force to gather information on how cyber-related risks are currently insured.  he task force will also coordinate NAIC initiatives regarding the protection of public information maintained by the various state departments of insurance and information collected and maintained by insurers. According to the NAIC news release, “[t]he creation of the task force is a reflection of the NAIC's growing commitment to addressing cyber security in the insurance sector.”

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Former GC Tracy Schrader Joins Dallas Insurance Coverage Boutique Amy Stewart Law

DALLAS – Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.

Mr. Schrader’s legal track record includes serving in various general counsel positions, having been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of a public company (Home Choice) at age 30, and promoted to President of one of the largest privately held telecommunications tower ownership companies in the country (TrinTel) at age 35. After the successful sale of TrinTel and prior to joining Amy Stewart Law, he launched and managed a boutique law firm providing general counsel services to various companies.











DALLAS – Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.



Mr. Schrader’s legal track record includes serving in various general counsel positions, having been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of a public company (Home Choice) at age 30, and promoted to President of one of the largest privately held telecommunications tower ownership companies in the country (TrinTel) at age 35. After the successful sale of TrinTel and prior to joining Amy Stewart Law, he launched and managed a boutique law firm providing general counsel services to various companies.
DALLAS – Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.



Mr. Schrader’s legal track record includes serving in various general counsel positions, having been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of a public company (Home Choice) at age 30, and promoted to President of one of the largest privately held telecommunications tower ownership companies in the country (TrinTel) at age 35. After the successful sale of TrinTel and prior to joining Amy Stewart Law, he launched and managed a boutique law firm providing general counsel services to various companies.
DALLAS – Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.



Mr. Schrader’s legal track record includes serving in various general counsel positions, having been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of a public company (Home Choice) at age 30, and promoted to President of one of the largest privately held telecommunications tower ownership companies in the country (TrinTel) at age 35. After the successful sale of TrinTel and prior to joining Amy Stewart Law, he launched and managed a boutique law firm providing general counsel services to various companies.
DALLAS – Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.



Mr. Schrader’s legal track record includes serving in various general counsel positions, having been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of a public company (Home Choice) at age 30, and promoted to President of one of the largest privately held telecommunications tower ownership companies in the country (TrinTel) at age 35. After the successful sale of TrinTel and prior to joining Amy Stewart Law, he launched and managed a boutique law firm providing general counsel services to various companies.
DALLAS – Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Schrader as Of Counsel.



Mr. Schrader’s legal track record includes serving in various general counsel positions, having been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of a public company (Home Choice) at age 30, and promoted to President of one of the largest privately held telecommunications tower ownership companies in the country (TrinTel) at age 35. After the successful sale of TrinTel and prior to joining Amy Stewart Law, he launched and managed a boutique law firm providing general counsel services to various companies.

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Need a Black Belt Mediator?

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Dallas’ Amy Stewart Law Recognized Among Best Insurance Coverage Firms

The Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law has been recognized for the firm’s expertise in Insurance Law in the 2015 Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

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Texas High Court to Consider the Meaning of “Physical Injury” in Standard CGL Policies

The Fifth Circuit noted an absence of both controlling precedent regarding whether the terms “physical injury” or “replacement” are ambiguous and any case law interpreting these terms.  For that reason and because these issues have been, and will likely continue to be, the subject of far-reaching insurance litigation, the Fifth Circuit certified these questions to the Texas Supreme Court...

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Amy Stewart Profiled in Texas Super Lawyers

Amy Stewart was profiled in the just-published issue of Texas Super Lawyers. Here's a snippet:
Amy Elizabeth Stewart is a self-proclaimed nerd. She is currently talking about scrutinizing an insurance policy dealing with an evolving coverage area that includes computer hacking.

'It’s cyber, which I really love. It’s new. I love getting to see the policies and compare them – they’re not standardized,' she says. 'And I just got giddy. It was embarrassing.'

Her reaction may seem extreme to those of us who view policy language with the excitement usually reserved for actuarial tables or tax code, but it shows how well-suited she is to her area of practice.

'It’s just hashtag: nerd alert,' she says. 'I enjoy the analysis. I enjoy the problem-solving. And I enjoy the advocacy.'

Click here to see the full text of "She's Got You Covered."

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Texas Super Lawyers Names Amy Stewart One of Top 100 Lawyers in D-FW, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas

Amy Elizabeth Stewart has been named to the 2014 list of Texas Super Lawyers. She has also been included on the Texas Super Lawyers list of the Top 100 lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas.

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United National v. AMJ May Have Insurers Seeing Red

Our Texas Supreme Court must be having the time of its life. Over the past few years, the High Court has issued a number of watershed decisions that have changed the way we think about insurance. On the heels of its decision last year in Lennar Corp. v. Markel American Insurance Co., and with the Deepwater Horizon case on the horizon, the Court is knee deep in liability policies.

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