David L. Plaut


David Plaut is a partner with Hanna & Plaut, L.L.P., an AV-rated law firm in Austin, Texas. David graduated from Johns Hopkins University with honors in 1985 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1989. He was articles editor of the Texas Law Review and served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Edward Prado in San Antonio for two years before beginning private practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Austin. David has extensive experience in federal practice, class action defense, and in the insurance “bad faith” field. His practice focuses on insurance coverage matters, insurance “bad faith” litigation, trial and appellate work.


University of Texas School of Law, JD, 1989
Johns Hopkins University, BA, with honors, 1985


David is admitted to practice before Texas courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the U.S,. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western District of Texas.


Texas Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuter Business, Insurance Coverage. (2008 – 2012, 2016-2022)


David is a member of the State Bar of Texas (Insurance Section), the American Bar Association and the Austin Bar Association. David is a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Attorney

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Recognitions & Awards

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Subrogation Waivers and Insurance policy Construction: the strange case of SM Energy, 13th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course (June 9-10, 2016); Certification and the Quest for Certainty: A Primer on Certified Questions to the Texas Supreme Court, 25th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals (June 4, 2015); Ruttiger v. Texas mutual and the Viability of Aranda in the Workers’ Compensation “Bad Faith” Context: Defense Perspective, 14th Annual Insurance Law Institute (University of Texas 2009);Insurability of Punitive Damages After Fairfield, 14th Annual Insurance Law Institute (University of Texas 2008); Stowers Update: New Aspects of an Old Claim, Texas Insurance Law Symposium (South Texas College of Law 2006); Beyond the eight corners: Use of Extrinsic Evidence to Determine the Duty to Defend, 5J Tex. Ins. L. 2 (Dec. 2004); Statutory Update (including article 21.55), Insurance Law for Attorneys Representing Carriers, (University of Houston 2004); Bad Faith Litigation in Texas and Update of Recent Extra-Contractual Cases, Handling Insurance and Tort Claims (University of Houston 2003); Whose Burden Is It Anyway? Article 21.58 and the Burden of Proving Covered and Non-Covered Causes in Property Insurance Cases, 2 J. Tex. Ins. Law (Nov./Dec. 2000) The Duty To Defend, Creative Pleadings of “Negligence”, and Coverage Issues, Insurance Bad Faith Seminar (October 16, 1998); Hot Topics In Homeowner’s Insurance: Including Balandran and Insurance Coverage for Residential Foundation Claims, Texas Insurance Law Symposium (July 30-31, 1998); Trinity v. Cowan: Mental Anguish Is Not “Bodily Injury” and Intentional Torts are Not “Accidents,” 61 Texas Bar Journal 128 (February 1998); Gandy Busts Up Sweetheart Deals For Good, 60 Texas Bar Journal 1112 (December 1997); The Duty To Defend and State Farm v. Gandy, Insurance Bad Faith Claims Seminar (Oct. 17, 1997); A Tale of Two Slabs: Sharp, Nicolau and Insurance Coverage for Residential foundation Claims, Texas Insurance Law: from Nuts and Bolts to Tips and Tricks (Sept. 11,1997); Obtaining or Avoiding Summary Judgment in a Bad Faith Case: The “Bona Fide Dispute” Standard for Assessing an Insurer’s Handling of a Claim, 3rd Advanced Issues in Insurance “Bad Faith” Litigation (Oct 13, 1995);Lyons v. Millers Casualty: The Last Word on the Standard for Assessing Bad Faith in Texas?, 57 Texas Bar Journal 832 (Sept. 1994); A Guide to the Local Rules of Texas Federal Courts, 54 Texas Bar Journal (June 1991).

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