Aaron Stendell focuses his practice on insurance coverage and civil defense litigation. Aaron has represented insurance companies in bad faith and declaratory judgment actions and analyzes insurance coverage primarily involving commercial liability, excess/umbrella, commercial auto, and commercial property policies. He has obtained summary judgment for insurers in numerous state and federal lawsuits involving coverage issues on liability and property claims, as well as settlements in coverage, first-party, and insurance defense cases. On the civil defense front, Aaron has represented defendants in countless personal injury matters.
Aaron graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. He was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and was awarded both the James E. Beckley Scholarship and the Ben Love Memorial Scholarship. During law school, Aaron served as an intern with the Collin County and Dallas County District Attorney’s Offices, where he prosecuted several misdemeanors. Aaron received his B.A in Business Administration from SMU and his M.B.A. with a focus in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas. Before practicing law, Aaron was a securities regulator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Aaron is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife, Jamie, have four children, Ayla, Russell, Adelaide, and Cassandra. When he’s not reading, writing, or dreaming about insurance policies, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, riding and repairing motorcycles, and coaching his children’s sports teams.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2011
M.B.A., University of Texas at Dallas, 2004
B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1997
Dallas Bar Association
State Bar of Texas - Insurance Section
"Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims: An Update," 28th Annual Insurance Symposium, Cooper & Scully, April 9, 2021
"The Anti-Indemnity Act’s Impact on the Duty to Defend," 16th Annual Construction Symposium, Cooper & Scully, January 29, 2021
"COVID-19: Insurance Companies Making Changes to Auto Policies," 27th Annual Insurance Symposium, Cooper & Scully, October 29, 2020
"No Coverage for Attorney's Fees," 25th Annual Insurance Symposium, Cooper & Scully, April 5, 2019
"Insurance Coverage for Rip and Tear Costs," 14th Annual Construction Symposium, Cooper & Scully, January 25, 2019
U.S. Metals and the Aftermath, 25th Annual Insurance Symposium, April 2018
Structured Products Regulation in the Wake of the Financial Collapse, 17 PIABA BAR J. 283 (2010)