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Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP

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Senior Partner: Christopher W Martin
Managing Partner: David Disiere
Number of partners: 27
Number of other lawyers: 38

Firm Overview:
Now going into its 20th year, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP has defined the parameters of Texas insurance law. MDJW is a well-established Texas litigation boutique with an impressive track record of solving its clients’ problems in first-party insurance lawsuits in Texas, particularly those lawsuits alleging extra-contractual causes of action or involving complex coverage issues. MDJW’s lawyers have extensive experience in handling lawsuits and disputes arising out of commercial property and professional liability policies including construction defect cases, environmental and products coverage issues, primary and excess disputes, and defense/indemnity coverage questions. MDJW also has extensive experience defending insurers in lawsuits arising out of property policies and has particular expertise in SIU claims (arson, alleged theft, etc.), storm claims (hail, tornado, hurricane, etc.), and consolidation of multi-district litigation of thousands of lawsuits relating to mass storm claims, and water damage claims. Additionally, the firm regularly handles liability disputes arising out of auto, homeowner, commercial, and professional policies, including Stowers disputes, and has extensive experience in UM/UIM value disputes and property claims.

MDJW is not only its insurance clients’ go-to firm in Texas, but a valued member of their state and nationwide litigation teams. The firm is often brought in to help handle and try cases around the country. The firm’s labor and employment Section adds another dimension to the firm with three partners who are board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and have extensive experience in representing employers in a wide variety of employment and labor disputes and lawsuits. MDJW also provides consultation, advice and training to employers on a wide variety of topics including drug testing, hiring and termination practices, reduction in force, OSHA investigations, and employment training and compliance. MDJW’s commercial litigation team represents a host of public and private companies in litigation involving business torts, partnership disputes, real estate transactions, First Amendment violations, fiduciary duty claims, and indemnity obligations. MDJW also defends lawyers and other firms in lawsuits alleging legal malpractice and other wrongful acts. And when appellate needs arise, the appellate team has a very impressive track record. From trials to appeals at the highest levels, MDJW is here to help.

Over the past 20 years, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP has addressed legal problems from a different perspective — yours. MDJW tries those cases that need to be tried, helps clients settle those cases that need to be settled, and provides advice and counsel to help avoid problems before they get started.

Main Areas of Practice:
Insurance Coverage & Litigation:
MDJW is one of Texas’ premier first-party coverage and insurance litigation firms with its lawyers handling complex coverage matters, extra-contractual lawsuits, and declaratory judgment actions in Texas and in multiple jurisdictions across the country.
Contacts: Christopher Martin, David Disiere
Tel: 713 632 1700
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Appellate:
MDJW has an impressive track record of successfully handling appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, the intermediate appellate courts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The partner in charge of MDJW’s Appellate Section, Levon G Hovnatanian, is board certified in civil appellate law and is also a former Chief Staff Attorney for the First Court of Appeals. Other attorneys in this section have similarly impressive credentials and experience.
Contact: Levon G Hovnatanian
Tel: 713 632 1740
Email: [email protected]

Labor & Employment:
Under the leadership of three partners who are board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, MDJW provides sound advice regarding, and defends employers against, claims alleging discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, affirmative action, privacy violations, non-competition agreements, wage and hour disputes, OSHA compliance, Title VII violations, and ADEA compliance.
Contacts: Jack Wisdom, Jim Cleary
Tel: 713 632 1700
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Commercial Litigation:
MDJW represents a host of public and private companies in litigation involving business torts, partnership disputes, real estate transactions, First Amendment violations, fiduciary duty claims, and indemnity obligations. MDJW also defend lawyers and other firms in lawsuits alleging legal malpractice and other wrongful acts.
Contact: Dale Jefferson
Tel: 713 632 1717
Email: [email protected]

Clients:
MDJW’s impressive client list includes some of the largest property, casualty, life, and health insurers in the world along with a wide array of businesses and corporations.