Mark Lawless is managing partner of the Austin office. His practice concentrates on matters relating to insurance law, litigation and appeals. He provides counsel to corporate policyholders in all types of first- and third-party coverage disputes, including general and products liability, directors & officers, employment practices, construction, contractual indemnity, advertising injury, property, business interruption, and environmental, asbestos, and other “long-tail” claims.
Mark served as director of the Natural Resources Division of the Texas Energy and Natural Resources Advisor Council from 1980-1983. He practiced environmental law until the late 1980s, after which he devoted his practice to insurance recovery for his corporate clients.
A frequent lecturer and author on insurance law, he helped form and is a past chair of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also is a founding member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel.
Joshua D. Davey has a diverse litigation and regulatory practice including a concentration in insurance coverage disputes. In his insurance coverage practice, Josh focuses on insurance coverage counseling and litigation exclusively on behalf of policyholders. He routinely handles presentation and substantiation of insurance claims under D&O, D&O, CGL, Cyber and other policies, as well as litigation of those claims. He has helped to recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, and also has substantial experience defending insurance brokers in professional liability suits. He also regularly counsels clients on managing risk through insurance, including cyber and data privacy risks.
Josh’s general litigation practice spans a wide range of industries, and includes work on behalf of clients in the financial services, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, foodservice, media and chemical industries. He has handled disputes at the trial and appellate levels involving mortgage and banking litigation and regulation, government investigations, business tort and trade secret disputes, shareholder derivative and class action suits, real property and construction litigation, government contracting disputes, and media and First Amendment litigation. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, small and midsize businesses, individuals, and nonprofit, religious, educational and charitable institutions.
Scott Oostdyk has represented businesses and corporations in contract, insurance, products and technology disputes, land use issues and a variety of pollution problems including air, water and hazardous substance cases. He counsels clients on litigation avoidance planning.
He has challenged federal agency rules before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and defended environmental class actions. He is one of the leading experts on loss portfolio transfers in the insurance industry, and represents policyholders faced with no-pay, slow-pay or excess exposure claims.