W. Neil Rambin

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Neil Rambin is a civil trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience representing clients in the areas of complex commercial insurance litigation, insurance coverage disputes, extracontractual claims, disputes between primary and excess insurance companies, and disputes between insurance and reinsurance companies. Mr. Rambin is familiar with the various policies from which such claims and disputes have arisen, including first party property, general liability, professional liability (agents, attorneys, hospital, intellectual property, technology, etc.), aviation, workers’ compensation, fidelity, automobile, excess liability, umbrella and surplus lines.

Neil Rambin is a civil trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience representing clients in the areas of complex commercial insurance litigation, insurance coverage disputes, extracontractual claims, disputes between primary and excess insurance companies, and disputes between insurance and reinsurance companies. Mr. Rambin is familiar with the various policies from which such claims and disputes have arisen, including first party property, general liability, professional liability (agents, attorneys, hospital, intellectual property, technology, etc.), aviation, workers’ compensation, fidelity, automobile, excess liability, umbrella and surplus lines.

Mr. Rambin also gives advice and counsel to insurers and reinsurers regarding their coverage obligations and the avoidance of bad faith claims. Although resident in Texas, his practice is national in scope as he has litigated matters in California, Oregon, New Mexico, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Massachusetts.

While chairman of Sedgwick’s Insurance Practices Division, Mr. Rambin coordinated the firm’s representation of a diverse base of insurance clients in Sedgwick’s domestic and international offices. As former head of the firm’s Reinsurance Group, Mr. Rambin managed the firm’s representation of both reinsureds and reinsurers in matters arising out of reinsurance agreements. He is currently serving as office managing partner for the Dallas and Austin offices.

Litigation Matters

A representative sampling of Mr. Rambin’s litigation accomplishments includes:

  • Jury verdict of no liability in defense of a suit for coverage under a first-party property policy arising out of a storm loss.
  • Entry of summary judgment of no coverage under a commercial crime policy as the insured did not own the misappropriated funds.
  • Jury verdict on behalf of a property insurance carrier in connection with claims of fraud and bad faith arising out of the adjustment of a storm loss.
  • Jury verdict of no liability arising out of claims of fraud and bad faith against an insurance carrier that issued a jewelers block policy.
  • Jury verdict of no liability for reinsurer based upon accord and satisfaction defense.
  • Successful arbitration of dispute regarding insurance policy interpretation resulting in a determination of no coverage under an errors and omissions policy.
  • Successful representation of a reinsurer in an arbitration regarding coverage for the extent of loss covered by the reinsured umbrella policies, including the recovery of attorneys’ fees.
  • Successful representation of a reinsurer in an arbitrated dispute with a reinsured over the allocation of loss among various general liability policies.
  • Entry of summary judgment of no coverage for a reinsurer of a captive insurance company on a hospital professional liability policy.
  • Entry of summary judgment for a third party administrator on a malpractice claim.

Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

Mr. Rambin was appointed co-chair of the First-Party Insurance Committee for the 2016-2017 American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel year. He is a former chairman of the Extra-Contractual Liability Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; is a member of the Defense Research Institute; ARIAS-US; is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Association; and is a Fellow at the Texas Bar Foundation. In 2013, he was elected to the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Mr. Rambin has received numerous recognitions, such as being included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation, being named a “Texas SuperLawyer” by Texas Monthly and a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine.

Publications and Presentations

Mr. Rambin has written papers for and participated as a lecturer in numerous continuing education courses as well as seminars sponsored by the FDCC, DRI and the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Rambin has authored articles featured in the FDCC Quarterly and Texas Lawyer. Presentation topics include the following:

  • “Global Implications from Climate Change,” American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel Annual Meeting 2016 (March 2016).
  • “Analysis of Property Insurance Coverage Issues That Arise Out of Extreme Weather Events,” FDCC Winter Meeting 2016 (February 2016).
  • “Straight Talking in Texas: The Contractual Liability Exclusion Means What It Says and Says What It Means,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (January 2014).
  • “Preparing Claim Professionals for Deposition and Trial Testimony,” co-presented to Sedgwick clients (October 2013).
  • “Out of Reach: The Scope of “Arising out of” Policy Terms, Conditions and Exclusions,” Dallas Bar Association (September 2013).
  • “What’s in a Name(d) Storm? What Sandy has Taught Us About Flood, Storm Surge, and FEMA,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2013 Annual Meeting (August 2013).
  • “Insurance Coverage for Cyber Claims,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2013 Annual Meeting (August 2013).
  • “Aggregating/Batching Hospital Professional Liability Claims,” ARIAS US Spring Conference (May 2013).
  • “Privacy – Does it Exist in the 21st Century – and What Does its Erosion Mean for Insurers?” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Insurance Industry Institute (November, 2011).
  • “Follow the Settlements—Striking a Balance,” ARIAS—US 2009 Spring Conference (May 2009).
  • “Katrina: The Litigation Storm Swirls,” Sedgwick Hot Topics Seminar for the London Insurance Market (London, October 2006).
  • “Survey of Recent Case Law on Liability Insurance Coverage Issues: Appellate Cases from Around the Country,” PRLB/FDCC seminar on Critical Issues for Senior Insurance Executive and In-House Counsel (October 2006).
  • “ESI: Litigation – Electronically Stored Information Realities of Modern Litigation,” RLI (October 2006).
  • “Compliance in the World of e-Discovery,” Sedgwick Hot Topics Seminar for the London Insurance Market (London, October 2005).
  • “Punitive Damages – Is the Yankee Pitch Now Level?” Sedgwick Hot Topics Seminar for the London Insurance Market (October 2004).
  • “Punitive Damages: The New Rules of the Game,” CPCU 60th Annual Meeting (October 2004).
  • “Rescission, Policy Buybacks and Reformation in a Changed World,” PRLB/FDCC seminar on Critical Issues for Senior Insurance Executive and In-House Counsel (September 2004).
  • “CGL, EIL and MTBE: Show Me the Money,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (July 2004).
  • “Maximizing the New Punitive Damage Jurisprudence: Aftermath of State Farm vs. Campbell,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (March 2004).
  • “Tort Reform in Texas – Is It Really True?,” Sedgwick Hot Topics Seminar for the Bermuda Insurance Market (December 2003).
  • “The ‘Enron Factor’ and Its Impact on the Jury Pool,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (February 2003).
  • “Tips for the Adjuster in Developing the ‘Genuine Issue Defense’,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (July 2002).

Areas of Concentration

Insurance Coverage, Reinsurance and Bad Faith; Professional Liability and E&O

Admissions

Texas; 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court (E.D. Tex.); U.S. District Court (N.D. Tex.); U.S. District Court (S.D. Tex.); U.S. District Court (W.D. Tex.)

Education

J.D. (1979) Baylor Law School, cum laude
B.A. (1976) Baylor University, summa cum laude