J. Mark Lawless

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Practices
Industries
Education
  • Baylor Law School, JD, 1980
  • Baylor University, BA, 1976
Admissions
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Affiliations

Founding Fellow and Regent, American College of Coverage and Extrancontractual Counsel, 2014-2017

Chair, Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2002-2003

Co-Chair, Environmental Coverage Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association, 1999-2000

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1992-2017

Founding Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation, 2004-2017

Member, Leadership Austin, 1991-2017

Mark 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 Fellow and a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC).

In the News

J. Mark Lawless
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T: +1 512 617 4503F: +1 512 472 3068816 Congress Avenue
Suite 940
Austin, TX 78701-2442

Representation of food producer seeking coverage from multiple liability insurers for numerous nuisance claims. Coverage suits pending in Missouri.

Representation of energy company seeking coverage from its liability insurers for environmental contamination. Coverage suits pending in Clark County, Washington and Bexar County, Texas. 

Representation of oil company seeking coverage from its liability insurers for numerous MTBE-related product liability claims. Coverage suit pending in Harris County, Texas.

Representation of post-bankruptcy trust seeking coverage from its liability insurers for asbestos-and silica-related liabilities. Settled after obtaining favorable rulings on trigger of coverage, fortuity and exhaustion.

Representation of office warehouses seeking coverage from their property insurer for losses resulting from a hurricane. Settled before trial.

Representation of dry cleaning company seeking coverage from its liability insurers for PERC-related contamination at multiple locations. Settled after Houston Court of Appeals rejected "manifestation" trigger of coverage.

Selected as a founding member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel (ACCEC), 2013; elected to Board of Regents, 2015

Named a "Lawyer of the Year," Insurance Law, Austin, The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013, 2017

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2006-2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Insurance (Band 1), Texas, Chambers USA, 2011-2017

Selected as one of five top Texas insurance lawyers in The Go-To Guide, Texas Lawyer, 2002, 2007

Selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, 2012

Named to "Texas Super Lawyers," Insurance Coverage, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

Co-author, "Coverage for Climate Change Litigation," Executive Legal Adviser, Texas Lawyer, November/December 2008
Speaker, "Duties During Litigation," 20th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, Dallas, Texas, November 12, 2015
Speaker, "Malpractice Claims Against Coverage Attorneys," 18th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, Houston, Texas, November 8, 2013
Speaker, "Risk Management and Insurance Issues for Corporate Counsel," Corporate Counsel Section, North Carolina Bar Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 16, 2013
Speaker, "They Did What? Malpractice Claims Against Coverage Lawyers," American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Chicago, Illinois, May 7, 2013
Speaker, "Managing Risk for Life Sciences Companies – The Role of Insurance," 4th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, McGuireWoods Seminar, November 8, 2012
Speaker, "Duty to Cooperate: Playing Well With Insurance Companies," 17th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, October 18, 2012
Speaker, "Duty to Reimburse Defense Costs," 9th Annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Insurance Law Course, April 12, 2012
Speaker, "Triggering Excess Coverage by Exhaustion," 16th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, November 4, 2011
Speaker, "Allocation and Exhaustion," 15th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, October 14, 2010
Moderator, "The Claim Process and Litigation," 7th Annual State Bar of Texas Advance Insurance Law Course, April 9, 2010
Speaker, "When the Policyholder Goes Belly Up," 14th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, October 16, 2009
Co-speaker, "Pollution: Coverage and Exclusions," 14th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, October 16, 2009
Speaker, "Tag, You're It: ‘All Sums’ and the Mid-Continent Wrinkle," 6th Annual State Bar of Texas Advance Insurance Law Course, April 3, 2009
Speaker, "What Constitutes an ‘Adequate Defense’? -- Cadillacs, Chevrolets & Yugos," 13th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, October 23-24, 2008
Speaker, "A Novel Concept in Trigger of Coverage: It Happens When It Happens (or the ‘Plain Language’ Trigger)," 5th Annual State Bar of Texas Advance Insurance Law Course, March 27, 2008
Speaker, "Litigation Management Guidelines II: Validity," Mealey's Teleconference, October 16, 2007
Speaker, "Legally Obligated to Pay ‘As Damages," 12th Annual University of Texas School of Law Insurance Law Institute, October 11, 2007
Speaker, "The Policyholder's Right (And Rightly So) To Select Independent Counsel," State Bar of Texas Fourth Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, March 29, 2007