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Dana Harbin Joins Insurance Boutique Law Firm Amy Stewart PC

Dallas insurance boutique law firm Amy Stewart PC is pleased to announce that Dana Harbin has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Dana is an experienced insurance coverage lawyer who has represented both insurers and insureds over the course of her career, handling litigation and pre-litigation disputes involving both first- and third-party insurance policies. For more than 20 years, Dana has provided her clients with smart, practical, and creative solutions on issues arising from c ...

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For Five Consecutive Years, Amy Elizabeth Stewart Has Been Included on the Texas Super Lawyers’ List

Texas Super Lawyers has once again included Amy Elizabeth Stewart on its list of the state’s most highly-regarded attorneys. This year marks Ms. Stewart’s fifth consecutive year on the list, recognized for her work in insurance coverage law.

Super Lawyers was recently awarded a patent for its multi-phase selection process that considers twelve distinct indicators through third-party research, peer nominations and evaluations, as well as professional achievements. This process highlights Super Lawyers' dedication to credibility and impartiality when bestowing this special recognition.

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Amy Stewart PC Welcomes Marisa Jeffrey

Amy Stewart PC welcomes Marisa Jeffrey as the newest lawyer on our team. An SMU law grad, Marisa is an avid sand volleyball player, a big Mizzou fan, and a big sister with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She found herself immediately at home – and swamped with work! Marisa is active with Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, a mentee in Transition to Law Practice, and involved with both the Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy and The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. We are truly excited to have her join us.

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Amy Elizabeth Stewart Awarded Best Lawyer in America® – Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Amy Stewart has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of insurance law. To compile the list for its 20th edition, Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, conducts a rigorous, peer-review survey that includes more than 4 million confidential evaluations by other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Best Lawyers asks attorneys to identify those peers to whom they would refer cases if th ...

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Attorneys Serving the Community’s Annual Luncheon Raised a Record Amount for its 2013 Beneficiary, Hope’s Door

Amy Elizabeth Stewart, managing shareholder at Amy Stewart PC, along with Dena DeNooyer Stroh, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Murchison Oil and Gas, co-chaired the 27th Annual Attorneys Serving the Community Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole on June 14, 2013. This year’s fundraising efforts benefited Hope’s Door, a shelter and counseling center designed to break the cycle of domestic violence. Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC) is a thriving organization of talented female ...

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Insurance 101: Florida High Court’s Ruling on Policy Ambiguity in Washington National v. Ruderman

In jurisdictions across the country, courts and practitioners alike grapple with issues of policy interpretation when the litigants disagree about the meaning of an insurance contract.

Courts typically apply generally applicable rules of contract interpretation in the insurance context. When the parties advance different policy interpretations in the context of a coverage dispute, issues arise. If the court agrees that competing interpretations are both reasonable, the policy is ambiguous as a matter of law. Then what?

The practical challenge for litigants and their counsel in any jurisdiction is determining how the court will approach conflicting interpretations

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Insurance 101: Insurance-Specific Rules for Policy Interpretation

Although the interpretation of an insurance policy is typically governed by the general rules of contract construction, some rules contain insurance-specific nuances. Each of these rules gives some advantage to the insured, on the theory that the insurer is in the best position to avoid a dispute regarding the policy’s meaning in the first instance.

Of the three rules discussed here, the doctrine of “reasonable expectations” is arguably the most insured-protective rule, triggered by confusing policy language or deceptive conduct by the insurer. Many courts adhere to the notion that exclusionary clauses, on which the insurer bears the burden of proof, should be construed narrowly in favor of coverage. Finally, at some point in the interpretative process, courts in most jurisdictions resort to the doctrine of contra proferentem—automatic construction of the policy against the insurer. These rules may be applied in connection with or after the court makes a determination of ambiguity.

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Insurance 101: Interpretation of Insurance Policy in the Eyes of the Courts

With annual global insurance premiums totaling nearly $5 trillion,[1] policyholders are focused on making sure they receive the benefit of their bargains with the insurance industry.  Add to that the fact that insurance policies aren’t the easiest documents to read and understand, and it’s not surprising that courts and practitioners alike wrestle with issues of policy interpretation in jurisdictions across the country. The basic interpretive guidelines are widely recognized by courts in most states. But when a dispute arises as the result of plausible competing interpretations, the analysis begins to unravel as courts seek to reach the “right” outcome in each case.

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Lace up your sneaks for a great cause!

Attorneys Serving the Community is hosting the Heart & Sole 5K on Saturday, Feb. 16 at White Rock Lake. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Hope’s Door, a shelter and counseling center that offers comprehensive programs and services designed to help break the cycle of domestic violence for women in Dallas and Collin counties.  

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Shelbi Barnhouse and Amy Kincaid Berry Join Amy Stewart PC

Amy Stewart PC is pleased to announce that Shelbi Barnhouse and Amy Kincaid Berry have joined the firm as Of Counsel.


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Much Fun Was Had at Book Launching Party

We had a beautiful time at our Book Launching Party a few weeks ago. Check out the gorgeous photos here.

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'Texas Insurance Coverage Litigation' Book Launching Party

Please join us at the Book Launch Party for Amy Stewart’s new book, “Texas Insurance Coverage Litigation: The Litigator’s Practice Guide,” on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Central 214 at the Palomar Hotel, 5680 N. Central Expressway.

We’ll have hors d’oeuvres, wine and complimentary valet. If you can join us, please RSVP.

Can’t make the party but would like the book? Click here to order and get 20% off before the end of November!

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Lions and Tigers and Increased Federal Oversight of the Insurance Industry, Oh My!

Among other wailing and teeth-gnashing in the wake of President Obama’s re-election are industry predictions that insurance companies will be subject to enhanced federal oversight during the second term. Based on early reactions, the federal microscope seems to be most unwelcome.

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Amy Stewart Presents ‘Insurance 101’ to DBA Corporate Counsel Section

Amy Elizabeth Stewart, of Dallas’ Amy Stewart PC, will present “Insurance 101: Fundamentals of Liability Insurance for In-House Counsel” to the Dallas Bar Asociation’s Corporate Counsel Section on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at noon at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave. The one-hour presentation provides one hour of MCLE credit. There is no charge for DBA members, although there is a lunch buffet available for purchase. Non-members must pay a fee in order to receive MCLE credit. For more info ...

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‘Patent Troll’ Insurance: Will it Help or Hurt?

According to Business Insurance (free registration required), Aon Risk Solutions is teaming up with RPX Insurance Service Inc. to offer up to $2.5 million in coverage against non-practicing entities, a.k.a. patent trolls, the bane of the technology industry. Patent trolls--firms that are established for the sole reason of purchasing patents and suing over their alleged infringement--are a growing problem, Business Insurance reports: According to RPX, the number of patent infringement ...

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Amy Stewart Law is a boutique law firm that represents policyholders exclusively in insurance coverage litigation and bad faith, with an emphasis in directors & officers liability, cyber insurance, fiduciary liability, professional liability and other specialty liability coverages.

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