About Us

Hanna & Plaut, LLP was formed in 1998 by University of Texas School of Law graduate David L. Plaut and Stanford Law School graduate Catherine L. Hanna.

Both Catherine and David received their initial training at elite law firms and wanted to combine that same level of high-quality legal work and professionalism with the responsiveness of a small firm. It is our goal to provide the friendly client service and close personal relationships that one associates with small law firms to the legal work that is traditionally done by larger firms. We maintain a relaxed office atmosphere, but our attitude toward our work is serious and whole-hearted.

Our Practice

Hanna & Plaut handles state and federal trials, appeals, alternative dispute resolution, and client counseling. The primary focus of our practice is the representation of insurance carriers and agents in insurance coverage and “bad faith” litigation, but our practice also includes appeals, insurance defense, construction litigation, commercial litigation, administrative law (including workers’ compensation), and subrogation matters. Our client list includes some of the top national insurance carriers and our work takes us all over the state of Texas.

Our Philosophy

At Hanna & Plaut, we pride ourselves on being creative in our approach; advice and counsel at the outset of a dispute or even before a dispute arises is often the most valuable service we can provide. However, there are times when the best resolution for our clients is through the litigation process; we litigate aggressively in defense of our clients.

One of the most important components of our strategy is regular communication and collaboration with our clients. While it is our job to “sweat the small stuff,” we believe that an effective litigation approach includes client involvement in planning and strategy, i.e, “the big picture.” Being readily available to our clients and responsive to their questions are hallmarks of our practice.


Hanna & Plaut values diversity in the workplace. Hanna & Plaut’s majority owner and managing partner is a woman. Hanna & Plaut has a commitment to diversity in its recruitment and hiring of attorneys and staff and regularly participates in programs and bar and community events that encourage and promote workplace diversity.

Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi