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Shannon O
Partner
Dallas
901 Main Street
Suite 4000
Dallas TX 75202
TEL: (214) 749-4220
FAX: (214) 760-8994
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Shannon M. O'Malley

Shannon is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office where she represents clients involved in catastrophe litigation with a focus on complex property insurance coverage litigation. 

Shannon focuses her practice on analyzing complex and novel property insurance coverage issues that require an understanding of the intricacies of property insurance, especially in connection with time element claims. She works on numerous property insurance issues arising out of catastrophes such as tornados, hurricanes, floods, and hail.

Shannon has also worked with clients in analyzing unique D&O liability issues and works with them to find the right answer when coverage questions arise.

Shannon provides advice and analysis to clients on coverage issues, pre-litigation strategy, dispute resolution, and litigation. The matters she handles frequently present unique issues on which there are limited precedents. Shannon also litigates e-Discovery issues and is the firm's e-Discovery resource in developing best practices for the firm and its clients.

Representative Matters

Insurance Coverage

Represented property carrier in high-value and high-stakes coverage litigation in connection with Hurricane Katrina. Representation included multiple motions for summary judgment concerning the enforcement of a flood exclusion and proper measure of the insured’s time element loss as well as significant electronic discovery disputes (Northrop Grumman Corp. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Company).

Represented property insurance carrier in a bankruptcy claim concerning a construction defect issue and faulty workmanship exclusion. Clarified law concerning the insured/debtor’s ability to sell property insurance claim (Panda Energy International, Inc. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Company).

Represented property insurance carrier in analyzing potential arson claim.

Represented property insurance carrier in responding to insured’s claim arising from cyber-security breach.

Represented property insurance carriers in a number of lawsuits concerning hail claims with late notice and concurrent causation issues.

Represented property insurance carriers on multiple occasions concerning the applicability of coinsurance provisions under replacement cost and actual cash value policies.

Represented property insurance carriers in the context of builders’ risks claims and associated issues arising from those policies.

Represented market of property insurance carriers in arbitration concerning application of multiple exclusions arising out of energy loss.

Liability Insurance

Represented insurance carrier in monitoring and analyzing pending claims arising out of Ponzi scheme brought against insured board member under E&O policy and contribution rights from other D&O carriers.

Represented D&O carrier to analyze risks of liability for pending claims arising out of class claims related to professional liability issues.

Subrogation

Represented insurance carriers to recover against third parties for losses at insureds’ properties.

Articles & Presentations

"Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Flood Again in Texas Any Day," Texas Law360, September 27, 2017, co-author

"Why Do I Have A Hurricane Harvey Claim From Hoboken?," Insurance Law360, September 11, 2017, author

"When Perils Combine – Concurrent Causation and Texas Law," Claims Journal, August 31, 2017, author

"How Appraisal Protects Against Texas Insurance Code Abuse," Texas Law360, September 22, 2016, author

"Will Texas Stay Moderate When it Comes to e-Discovery?," Texas Law360, April 8, 2016, author

“The Litigator’s Not-So-Secret Weapon: Summary Judgment Strategies in Property Insurance Coverage Litigation,” ABA TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee, Spring 2015 Meeting, co-presenter

"Benefits, Pitfalls and Trends in Property Insurance Appraisal," The Brief, Spring 2015, co-author

"Texas Court Talks Insurance And Actual Cash Value," Texas Law360, April 9, 2015, author

"Fracking Bans Don't Trigger Civil Authority Coverage," Texas Law360, January 7, 2015, co-author

"Public Adjusters Do Not Have Free Pass To The Stand," Texas Law360, August 5, 2014, co-author

"Gotham Insurance v. Warren E&P Answers Age-Old Question," Texas Law360, May 28, 2014, author

An Overview of Property Insurance Appraisal," American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's 2014 Annual Spring CLE Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 25, 2014, co-presenter and co-author

"A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On In Central US," Texas Law360, March 27, 2014, author

"Recent Developments in Electronic Discovery,"  State Bar of Texas, 29th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course Book, August 2013, co-author

"Recent Changes in Electronic Discovery, Including Meta-Data, Litigation Hold Letters, Spoliation, and the Differences Between State and Federal Courts," State Bar of Texas, 29th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course, San Antonio and Houston, Texas, August 2013

"The Pitfalls Of Paperless Discovery," Insurance Law360, February 23, 2012, co-author

Professional Affiliations

Noteworthy

Shannon was named a  "Rising Star" for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Texas Monthly magazine.





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