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Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Selects Marisa Jeffrey O’Sullivan as Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers has selected Amy Stewart Law associate Marisa Jeffrey O'Sullivan as the recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2019.

This award marks the second prestigious professional recognition that Ms. O’Sullivan has received this year. She was also selected to Texas Rising Stars published by Super Lawyers, which recognizes exceptional young attorneys in Texas—a distinction bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of the state’s attorneys.

“Marisa’s dedication to her work and her profession is at an impressive level very rarely seen in attorneys her age,” said firm founder and managing principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart. “Her wisdom reaches beyond her years, so it comes as no surprise that she should be recognized by our legal community and her peers.”

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Best Lawyers in Dallas List Honors Amy Stewart Law Principals Amy Elizabeth Stewart, Beverly Godbey

D Magazine released its annual list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas and has included Amy Stewart Law’s managing principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart and principal Beverly Godbey as two of the best practitioners of insurance law. This year marks Ms. Stewart’s eighth year on the list and Ms. Godbey’s tenth.

Since joining the firm, Ms. Godbey has consistently been honored alongside Ms. Stewart for their work in insurance coverage advocacy and litigation. This past year, they were both named to Texas Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, which also led to a firmwide recognition by Best Law Firms. Quite the year of accolades for all!


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Marisa Jeffrey Named to Texas Rising Stars for Second Consecutive Year

Texas Rising Stars has recognized Amy Stewart Law associate Marisa Jeffrey on its annual list of the top attorneys under 40 for the second year in a row. To compile its list of honorees, Super Lawyers first requests nominations from the legal community, then conducts independent research followed by a peer review, which leads to a final selection. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys in Texas receive this distinction, and honorees are featured in a special section of Texas Monthly magazine.

“We’re incredibly proud of Marisa and all she has accomplished in a relatively short time as a practicing attorney,” said firm founder and managing principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart. “From professional to community recognitions, she’s truly the rising star that Super Lawyers says she is.”

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D Magazine Honors Marisa Jeffrey as One of the City’s Best Under 40

Marisa JeffreyIn its annual list of the best lawyers in Dallas under 40, D Magazine has honored Amy Stewart Law associate Marisa Jeffrey for her work in insurance coverage. Since joining the firm five years ago, Marisa has also been named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers and One to Watch by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

“Marisa continues to rack up the accolades as she builds her practice and provides valuable counsel to clients facing insurance coverage issues,” said firm founder and managing principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart. “It’s no wonder D Magazine selected her as one of Dallas’ top young attorneys.”

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Best Law Firms Awards Amy Stewart Law with Tier 1 Ranking for Insurance Law

Amy Stewart Law has once again been named a Tier 1 Metropolitan law firm for insurance law in Dallas-Fort Worth by Best Law Firms.

“When your entire professional life is dedicated to a particular field, it’s a distinct honor to be recognized as one of the best,” said Ms. Stewart, author of Texas Insurance Coverage Litigation, which is now in its fifth edition. “We’re grateful to our clients, attorneys, staff, and colleagues for their continuing support.”

Published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms develops its rankings using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data based on internal and client surveys. In order to qualify for Best Law Firms eligibility, at least one of the firm’s practicing attorneys needs to be recognized in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Both Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Beverly Godbey were named to the Best Lawyers list for 2019.

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Beverly Godbey Honored by 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Amy Stewart Law Managing Principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Principal Beverly Godbey, both of whom have been recognized on the 2018 list of Texas Super Lawyers published by Thomson Reuters.

This is the 10th consecutive year Ms. Stewart has been on the overall Texas Super Lawyers list of outstanding Texas attorneys. She was also named one of the Top 50 Women lawyers in Texas

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Best Lawyers Names Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Beverly Godbey to 2019 List

Congratulations to Amy Stewart Law Managing Principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Principal Beverly Godbey on their inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for insurance law and commercial litigation. This year marks Amy’s seventh consecutive year on the list and Beverly’s fourth.

Both rated AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell®, Amy and Beverly have numerous other recognitions to their names, including previous appearances on D magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas and Texas Super Lawyers.

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Amy Stewart Law Welcomes Josh Fuller to the Team

Amy Stewart Law welcomes Josh Fuller as our newest associate. 

Josh’s expertise in e-discovery, construction and commercial litigation, and legal writing will make him an MVP in the firm’s complex litigation practice.

Before joining Amy Stewart Law, Josh represented real estate owners, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and homeowners in complex commercial and residential construction-defect and real-estate disputes. While in law school, he completed an externship with a bankruptcy judge and provided pro bono services through his law school’s civil clinic.

He also interned for two summers for legal writing expert Bryan Garner, editor in chief of 
Black’s Law Dictionary and author of Garner’s Modern English Usage. In fact, Josh is acknowledged as a contributor to Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage (3d ed. 2011).

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart, Beverly Godbey Named to D Magazine 2018 Best Lawyers List

Kudos to Managing Principal Amy Elizabeth Stewart and Principal Beverly Godbey, both of whom were recognized by D Magazine’s 2018 listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for their expertise in insurance law.

This is Ms. Stewart’s seventh year to be named to the list and it is Ms. Godbey’s eighth year.

The D Magazine listing is the latest honor for the firm, which received a Tier 1 Metropolitan ranking for its expertise in Insurance Law by the 2018 Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. 

Ms. Stewart is the author of “Texas Insurance Coverage Litigation: The Litigator's Practice Guide,” published by Texas Lawyer Books and American Lawyer Media. In addition to her D Magazine honors, she has also earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2009, including being named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas in 2014, 2015 and 2017. She was also elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC) in 2013.

Ms. Godbey chairs the Board of Trustees of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the American Law Institute’s Consultative Group on Principles of The Law of Liability Insurance. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, she received the prestigious Fellows Justinian Award from the Dallas Bar Foundation in 2017. In addition to her D Magazine Best Lawyers recognition, she is regularly named to Texas Super Lawyers.



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Texas Rising Stars Recognizes Marisa Jeffrey on 2018 List of Exceptional Young Lawyers

Big congratulations are in order! Our very own Marisa Jeffrey was named to the 2018 Texas Rising Stars list of outstanding young lawyers.
 
The Rising Stars list is comprised of the top up-and-coming Texas attorneys who are 40 or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less. Rising Stars are selected based on nominations by members of the elite Texas Super Lawyers list. No more than 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys were chosen for this honor. 

We aren’t surprised about the accomplishment: Marisa’s insurance expertise has grown exponentially since joining the firm in 2013. She regularly handles complex policy reviews and analysis, manages insurance coverage disputes both in litigation and on the claims track, and is our go-to cyber insurance guru.

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2017 Brought Wins, Losses for Insurance Policyholders

Last year was a busy one in insurance world. The Texas Legislature passed HB1774, which could profoundly change the balance of power betweenTexas Bar Today policyholders and insurance companies—and not to the benefit of policyholders.

The courts were also busy, offering policyholders a mixed bag of wins and losses. The Texas Supreme Court issued important decisions in USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca and Great American Insurance Co. et al. v. Hamel; the 14th Court of Appeals weighed in on Wyly v. Integrity Insurance Solutions; and the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its ruling in AIG Specialty Ins. Co. v. Tesoro Corporation.


Amy Elizabeth Stewart presented a rundown of these important cases and legislation earlier this month at the Litigation Update Institute, co-sponsored by Texas Bar CLE and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Below is the accompanying text. A downloadable pdf version of the materials can be found here.



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Up in Smoke :: Marijuana-Related Insurance Considerations

Currently 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some manner. Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, with California being the newest state to join the recreational ranks as of January 1, 2018. Massachusetts will join those states legalizing recreational cannabis in July 2018.

The Trump administration recently rescinded an Obama-era policy where federal enforcement of marijuana laws was discouraged. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy is an about-face change to the failure to prosecute marijuana-related crimes. Essentially, Sessions gave federal prosecutors around the country more discretion to enforce federal law in marijuana cases, even in the states where it is legal.

North American marijuana sales grew by an unprecedented 30% in 2016 to $6.7 billion and are anticipated to exceed $20 billion by 2021. While the marijuana industry is booming, and with the recent indication of changes to prosecuting marijuana crimes under federal law, many questions remain regarding insurability under personal lines as well as commercial policies.

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Amy Stewart Law Lands Veteran Insurance Coverage Lawyer Beverly Godbey

We are pleased to announce that Beverly Godbey has joined Amy Stewart Law as Principal. Ms. Godbey was most recently with Dallas’ Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, where she was a partner and co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice.

A trial lawyer with more than three decades of experience, Ms. Godbey represents corporate policyholders from a wide variety of industries in a full spectrum of insurance issues, from coverage disputes and insurance recovery to insurance policy reviews and analysis.

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Amy Stewart Law Expands to Meet Client Needs – Welcome, Katie Glenn!

After working with the Amy Stewart Law team and its clients on a contract basis for the last year, Katie Glenn recently made it official, joining the firm as Of Counsel. Katie’s broad insurance coverage experience and robust litigation background have significantly increased the firm’s capacity to serve corporate policyholders in need of smart, business-savvy insurance advice and results-oriented representation in insurance claims and coverage disputes.    

A relentless advocate, Katie approaches each client engagement with the fierce determination and focus that helped her win three NCAA swimming championships and set six world records in U.S. Masters Swimming, says firm founder Amy Elizabeth Stewart

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart to Present Insurance Law Update at State Bar CLE Event

Amy Elizabeth Stewart, managing principal of Amy Stewart Law, will provide updates on insurance law at the Litigation Update Institute, co-sponsored by Texas Bar CLE and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

The event is January 11-12 at the Omni Austin Hotel. Ms. Stewart’s presentation is at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, January 12. The entire conference provides 14 hours MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics. Early registration ends December 28.

The event will be broadcast via video on March 1-2 at Cityplace in Dallas.

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