DOYEN SEBESTA & POELMA, LLLP
Scot Doyen is a trial lawyer who has extensive experience in the trial of commercial, personal injury, and first-party insurance cases. His experience includes defending premises liability, construction liability, legal and medical malpractice, commercial disputes and insurance coverage cases. Scot also has extensive appellate experience having successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, in addition to numerous other appellate victories. He has been named a Super Lawyer in personal injury litigation, is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Scot routinely represents insurance carriers providing analysis and opinions in routine and complex coverage matters, as well as providing defense in bad faith claims involving personal and commercial lines of coverage. He has successfully represented residential and commercial insurers in trial and appellate work across Texas. He currently serves as coordinating counsel for all Texas first-party litigation for two national carriers, as well as two regional carriers. This representation includes supervision of hundreds of lawsuits and extensive experience as defendant’s liaison counsel in various insurance-related MDL’s. Scot is also frequently called upon for advice and representation, both across Texas and nationally, related to the coordination of corporate discovery responses, trial and witness preparation, and strategies on topics such as ESI.
He is actively involved representing insurance carriers in excess coverage situations ranging from coverage opinions in these areas, to monitoring litigation and even assuming the defense of the insured. Scot has been retained to advise insurance carriers in a broad range of factual and legal circumstances and scenarios, including such areas as:
Bad faith and extra-contractual damages
Coverage disputes in various lines, including general liability, professional liability, property, business interruption, homeowners, and reinsurance
Interpretation of excess and umbrella liability policies, as well as unique manuscript policies
Coverage disputes in products liability litigation and business litigation
Coverage disputes related to employment practices claims, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment and employment discrimination
Coverage disputes relating to advertising injury claims and under Directors and Officers liability policies
Coverage issues arising under errors and omissions policies issued to lawyers, accountants, insurance agents and real estate agents
Scot has been actively involved in commercial litigation and traditional insurance litigation, both first-party and third-party, throughout his career. He has successfully defended all manner and size of corporations, insured or self-insured, as well as individuals, in personal injury suits alleging negligence claims and other tort claims. Scot is frequently called upon to evaluate the enforceability of indemnity provisions in contracts and he is frequently involved in claims asserting indemnity rights. He has successfully defended contractors, sub-contractors, premises owners, and product manufacturers.
In addition to maintaining his active trial practice, Scot also served for 3 years as outside general counsel for a regional property carrier with approximately $150,000,000 in annual premium. In this position, he served on the company’s executive staff and was involved in reinsurance presentations and negotiations, HR matters, real estate matters, underwriting issues, product development, and regulatory/compliance issues. This experience provided a deeper understanding of our clients’ “behind the scenes” needs and significantly contributed to the overall development of the entire firm.