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Robert J. Witmeyer

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Office: Dallas
Phone: 214.712.9554
Fax: 214.712.9540
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Robert J. Witmeyer

Robert is a shareholder in the Dallas office of Cooper & Scully, P.C. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Lee Anstead at the Florida Supreme Court.

Robert has extensive appellate and litigation experience, with a primary emphasis on “bad faith,” breach of contract, and declaratory judgment actions in courts around the country. He has worked on a wide variety of insurance coverage disputes, including those involving advertising injuries, construction defects, environmental accidents, liquor liability, professional liability, property damage, trucking accidents, and uninsured motorists' claims. These disputes often involve significant coverage issues such as allocation of damages, number of occurrences, and trigger of coverage. He also handles complex contract disputes involving insurance and indemnity issues in the oil and gas industry.

Robert is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.  He and his wife, Sara, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine. 


Admitted

Texas, 2014
Florida, 2005
New York, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
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
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Education

L.L.M., University of Miami School of Law, 2004
J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2003
B.A., Tulane University, 1999

 

Presentations/Publications

Allocation and Other Insurance, 24th Annual Insurance Symposium, April 7, 2017

“Texas Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in U.S. Metals v. Liberty Mutual,” Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas

Author, "Texas Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in U.S. Metals v. Liberty Mutual," Journal of Texas Insurance Law, Fall 2016, Volume 14, Number 2.  

U.S. Metals: "Physical Injury"; "Impaired Property" Exclusion; Impact On “Rip And Tear” Costs, 23rd Annual Insurance Symposium, April 8, 2016

UTCLE 19th Annual Insurance Law Institute, Co-Author of “Environmental Claims:  Old Battles—New Issues,” November 13-14, 2014

“Burden of Proof in Coverage Litigation” (in five parts), IRMI (2013-14)

“Arising out of: How Strong is the Connection?”, IRMI (August 2010)

 

Published Cases

Children’s Hospital Colorado v. Lexington Insurance Company, 2017 WL 1356092, Civil Action No. 15-cv-01904-RPM in the United States District Court, D. Colorado, April 13, 2017

Patton v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, 2016 WL 3900799; In the United States District Court, S.D. Texas, Houston Division. July 19, 2016

SPJST Lodge #154 and American Sokol Organization v. Century Surety Company, 2015 WL 12699508, In the United States District Court, N.D. Texas, Fort Worth Division, November 23, 2015

Evanston Ins. Co. v. Harbor Walk Development, LLC, 814 F.Supp.2d 635 2011 WL 4495686; In the United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Norfolk Division. September 09, 2011

General Fidelity Ins. Co. v. Foster, 808 F.Supp.2d 1315 2011 WL 3962646, In the United States District Court, S.D. Florida. March 24, 2011

Golding v. Drescher, 56 So.3d 14 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2011 WL 918367; In the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, March 16, 2011

Advantage General Ins. Co., Ltd. v. KILN/QBE Intern., 8 So.3d 1213 2009 WL 1139247, In the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District. April 29, 2009