Michael W. McCoy

Mr. McCoy has practiced insurance law for over 40 years. He has handled a number of sophisticated insurance matters from a first party standpoint, including the representation of insurers and third party claims administrators in insurance policy disputes, along with representation in defense of bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. Mr. McCoy has also provided legal advice on insurance policy formation and interpretation of insurance policy terminology, in addition to occasionally serving as an expert witness in insurance related matters.

Mr. McCoy has a great deal of experience in third party insurance based representation, particularly in the professional liability area. Such experience has included representation of insurance brokers, both retail and wholesale. This representation has involved insurance cases as to the brokering and producing of insurance policies. Mr. McCoy has also represented parties in defense on construction defect litigation, premises liability litigation, related defense in products liability litigation, and defense of employment
related matters.

Mr. McCoy is also a credentialed mediator and arbitrator. Through his vast experience, he is able to bring a wealth of knowledge to negotiation during mediations to achieve an amicable resolution. As an arbitrator, Mr. McCoy has the experience and wisdom to listen closely to arguments of counsel and carefully weigh the evidence before writing and preparing a decision
or award.

Mr. McCoy is active in the Insurance and Construction Sections of the State Bar. He has previously been named in Best Insurance Lawyers, a Texas Super Lawyer, and one of H Magazine’s Outstanding Attorneys. He has been AV rated by Martindale Hubble Legal Directory for more than 30 years, and has previously written for and spoken at leading insurance seminars throughout the state.


Associate Attorney: Winters, Deaton & Briggs: March, 1979–Dec, 1984

Partner: Deaton & Briggs: Jan, 1985–Aug, 1990

Partner: Gilpin, Paxson & Bersch: Aug, 1990–Aug, 1995

Managing Partner, Houston Office: Benckenstein & Oxford: Aug, 1995–Sept,1999

Partner: Rice, Fowler: Sept, 1999–April, 2002

Managing Partner, Houston Office: Fowler Rodriguez: April, 2002–Dec, 2018

Partner: Jones Walker: Jan, 2019–June, 2019

Senior Counsel: Lugenbuhl: July, 2019–Sept, 2021

Partner: Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom: Oct, 2021


Insurance Companies and the Defense Firm Relationship: 1994

Representing an Insurance Company at Trial and Overcoming Jury Bias: 1994

Disputes Among Insurance Carriers: 1997

Appraisal and Arbitration in Insurance Policies: 1997

Overview of Agents’ and Brokers’ Errors and Omissions Liability: 1998

Recent Trends in Employment Law: 1998

Professional Liability Claims and Coverage issues: 2014

Policyholder’s Duty to Cooperate: Does It Have Limits and What is the Effect?: 2015

Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insureds: Differences and Similarities: 2018

Big Changes in the Law Regarding UM/UIM Claims: 2019

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University of Texas at Austin: BA, Political Science (High Honors) 1976

Baylor Law School: JD 1979
- Articles Editor: Baylor Law Review