Frank S. Patel

Alissa Puckett

November 29, 2013



Practice Description

A significant portion of Ms. Puckett’s practice is devoted to insurance litigation involving both liability and first party property disputes. Ms. Puckett also provides coverage opinions to insurance carriers regarding property and liability policies, analyzing whether coverage exists under Texas law and other jurisdictions.

Representative Experience

All aspects of state and federal court litigation, including written discovery, depositions, motion preparation and briefing, and hearings. Cases resolved by dispositive motion whenever possible to ensure efficiency and avoid delay.
Law clerk to the Honorable Douglas S. Lang, Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, September 2008 to August 2009.

Selected Publications, Seminars and Cases

United National Ins. Co. v. Mundell Terminal Services, Inc., et al., 915 F. Supp. 2d 809 (W.D. Tex. 2012), aff’d 740 F.3d 1022 (5th Cir. 2014)

Burlington Ins. Co. v. M-C Production & Drilling Co., et al., Civil Action No. 6:10-CV-00443, 2010 WL 1194925 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 21, 2011)

Comment: The Proper Focus for FDA Regulations: Why the Fundamental Right to Self Preservation Should Allow Terminally Ill Patients with No Treatment Options to Attempt to Save Their Lives, 60 S.M.U. L. Rev. 635 (2007)

Community Involvement

Member, Dallas Bar Association
Associate, Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court 2011-2012

Matt R. Pickelman

November 29, 2013



Practice Description

Mr. Pickelman advises clients in complex commercial litigation, in addition to the defense and prosecution of cases involving professional negligence, catastrophic injury, transportation, premises liability, construction, products liability and insurance, both coverage and bad faith on behalf of insurers and policyholders.

Representative Experience

Successfully handled numerous matters ranging from personal injury to complex commercial disputes on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs, in state, federal and bankruptcy courts in Texas and states throughout the United States.

Diverse practice has led to success in representing clients at both trial and appeal, as well as in arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Selected Publications, Seminars and Cases

Warsaw Convention Revisited for the Last Time? 64 J. AIR L. & COM. 273 (1998)

Evett v. Consolidated Freightways Corp., 110 F.Supp.2d 510 (E.D.Tex. 2000)

Mt. Hawley Ins. Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 110 Fed. Appx. 371 (5th Cir. 2004)

Ferguson v. Mt. Hawley Insurance Co., Civil Action No. 2:03-CV-381 (E.D.Tex. 2004)

TIG Ins. Co. v. North America Van Lines, 170 S.W.3d 264 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2005, no pet.)

Universal Insurance Exchange v. Overland Underwriting Managers, Case No. 04-82393-bjh7 (N.D.Tex. Bank. 2005)(Opinion March 28, 2005)

Connaway v. Village Farms, L.P., 200 S.W.3d 353 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2006, no pet.)

Bergenholtz v. Cannata, 200 S.W.3d 287, (Tex.App.-Dallas 2006, no pet.)

Pierre v. Newman, Davenport & Epstein, P.C., 2006 WL 1522613 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2006, pet. denied).

Diamond H. Recognition LP v. King of Fans, Inc., 589 F.Supp.2d 772 (N.D. Tex. 2008)

West American Ins. Co. v. RLI Ins. Co., 2009 WL 3327203 (W.D. Mo. 2009)

Hanson v. Greystar Development & Const., LP, 317 S.W.3d 850 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2010, pet. denied)

Awards & Honors

“Top Lawyers in Dallas under 40” (D Magazine 2006)
“Texas Super Lawyers — Rising Stars” (2004-2013)
“Texas Top-Rated Lawyers” (Dallas Morning News & The Wallstreet Journal, 2013)
Order of the Coif — NOTE — top 10 in SMU law graduation class
Beta Gamma Sigma — NOTE — business degree equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa
SMU Law Review