8th Annual Insurance Law Symposium

Friday, November 11, 2022 from 9:00 am to 6:00 PM CT
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Dallas, Texas

Discounted room reservations at $189 per night (+ taxes and fees) are available at The Lumen Hotel using this link.

Additional information and registration coming soon.

*This event is open to all attorneys and law students*

Symposium Co-chairs:
Bob Allen
Ernest Martin
Marc Gravely

Date and Location

Friday, November 11, 2022


ACCC Fellows & Other Attorneys: $275

SMU Dedman School of Law Alumni & Young Attorneys (less than 5 years in practice): $220

SMU Dedman School of Law Faculty & Students: FREE (Advance registration is required)



Tentative Agenda 
Subject to change based on speaker availability - CLEs pending

8:15 am

9:00 am   Welcome Remarks and Introductions

    • Mike Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC; President, ACCC
    • Dean, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    • Bob Allen, The Allen Law Group; Co-Chair, Insurance Law Symposium Committee
    • Ernest Martin, Haynes and Boone, LLP; Co-Chair, Insurance Law Symposium Committee
    • Marc Gravely, Gravely P.C.; Co-Chair, Insurance Law Symposium Committee

9:15 am   Insurance Responding to Disasters: Surfside Building Collapse, Wildfires, CO-VID

    • Doug McIntosh, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
    • TBD
    • TBD

10:00 am   Latest First Party Issues:  Appraisal, Public Adjusters, Burden of Proof/Concurrent Causation 

    • Marc Gravely, Gravely P.C. 
    • Neil Rambin, Faegre Drinker
    • TBD

10:45 am   Break 

11:00 pm   All Star Panel Discusses Insurance Law Career Opportunities and a Law Student Q&A Session

    • TBD
    • TBD
    • TBD

12:15 pm   Luncheon Presentation: Insurance Lessons Learned from Celebrity Trials:
                    Duty to defend, right to independent counsel, reasonable hourly rates,
                    reimbursement, duty to defend counterclaims

    • Timothy Sullivan, McCormick Barstow
    • TBD
    • TBD

1:15 PM   Break

1:30 pm   Duty to Settle: The Texas Stowers Doctrine and Approaches Adopted in Other Jurisdictions

    • Jay Sever, Phelps Dunbar LLP
    • James Cooper, Reed Smith LLP
    • TBD

2:15 pm  Creative Methods to Access Insurance:
                The Use of Stipulated Judgments, Coverage and Bad Faith Assignments and Sweetheart Deals 

    • Timothy Burns, Burns, Bowen, Bair, LLP
    • TBD
    • TBD

3:00 pm   Break

3:15 pm  Mock Hearing and Panel Discussion on Admissibility of Claims Handling
                 and Attorneys Fees Expert Witnesses

    • Patrick Kenny, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
    • Julia Molander, JAMolander Consulting, LLC
    • TBD

4:30 pm   Reception 
                 All are welcome to attend, including any local attorneys
                 and students who were unable to attend the full-day Symposium.