Practice Areas

Appellate Law

Hanna & Plaut handles appeals in state and federal courts throughout Texas, including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and courts of appeals across the state. Our attorneys have extensive research, writing, and appellate clerkship experience and take great pride in their appellate advocacy. Whether your appeal involves a mandamus action on a sensitive discovery matter, the planning of a comprehensive appellate strategy in the post-verdict context, or anything in between, we have the knowledge and experience to protect your interests at this critical stage.

Insurance Coverage

Hanna & Plaut provides coverage advice and representation of insurance carriers in connection with a wide variety of insurance policies at every stage of litigation. We represent carriers in coverage disputes with insureds and with other carriers; a significant portion of our practice involves federal and state declaratory judgment actions on coverage issues involving the duty to defend and indemnify coverage questions. We provide coverage opinions quickly and efficiently and we are willing to discuss flat fee coverage opinion services.

Insurance Bad Faith

Hanna & Plaut has an extensive “bad faith” litigation docket representing insurers in disputes involving both personal and commercial lines. We are also available to present “in-house” seminars for your insurance professionals on a wide variety of insurance topics. Our partners have each represented insurance carriers in first-party bad faith cases for over 25 years and have had achieved outstanding success. We understand your business and work as a part of your litigation team to defend allegations of unreasonable claims-handling and statutory violations. Our focus is on achieving the best results for our clients through early analysis and case evaluation and a collaborative approach to litigation.

Insurance Defense

Hanna & Plaut is often hired by insurance carriers to defend their insureds in suits alleging personal injury and property damage, including automobile liability, premises liability, and defective construction claims. Hanna & Plaut’s attorneys are experienced litigators who demonstrate intelligence and tenacity in the courtroom. We are known for our responsiveness to client questions and concerns and will work with you and your insureds to develop a successful and cost-efficient litigation strategy.

Workers’ Compensation

Hanna & Plaut represents workers’ compensation insurance carriers in compensability and medical disputes before the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation and the State Office of Administrative Hearings as well as in state district court. Our workers’ compensation section is led by Robert Josey, who is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Hanna & Plaut attorneys travel to every field office throughout the state to defend clients in Benefit Review Conferences and Contested Case Hearings.

Client Counseling

In addition to client counseling on a number of issues, we also provide seminars on issues related to coverage and claims handling to our clients and professional groups. At Hanna & Plaut, we value our role as counselors and our many years of experience representing carriers gives us the industry knowledge we need to provide advice to our clients on a number of issues, from insurance policy drafting and regulatory issues to Texas law and legal culture.