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Christopher W. Martin

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P.

Houston, TX, USA


CHRISTOPHER W. MARTIN

Mr. Martin specializes in the evaluation and handling of insurance matters and disputes involving questions of coverage, industry practices, claims handling, underwriting, legal exposure, inter-insurer disputes, and other legal issues of interest to insurers and their insureds. In October 2002, he was named one of the top five "Go To" Insurance Lawyers in Texas by The Texas Lawyer. In September 2001, he was named one of the Top 40 Lawyers in Texas under 40.  As a lawyer, he represents parties in civil litigation and appeals involving insurance claims and coverage disputes in state and federal courts across Texas and other jurisdictions. He also represents parties in disputes involving the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Attorney General's office. Mr. Martin frequently serves as a mediator of complex insurance claims and insurance lawsuits.  He is also retained regularly to serve as an expert consultant in insurance disputes. He has extensive experience in market conduct evaluations, corporate policy development, and employee training in the areas of insurance claims handling, claim evaluations and insurance company operations. He regularly provides training and audit services to some of the nation=s largest insurers. Mr. Martin also has extensive experience in coverage disputes and litigation arising out of general liability, property and casualty, life and health, excess and umbrella, surplus lines, and workers= compensation policies. Mr. Martin is licensed to appear before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, all U.S. District Courts in Texas, and all Texas state courts.

Mr. Martin has served as the Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at the University of Houston Law Center for the past eight years. He is one of the most requested speakers at state and national CLE seminars for attorneys and insurance professionals. He regularly speaks for the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, State Bar of Texas, University of Texas, University of Houston, and South Texas College of Law.

Mr. Martin is a prolific writer. He is the author of two legal treatises: The Lawyer's Guide to Texas Insurance Code, Article 21.21 (Lexis Legal Publishing 3rd Ed., 1998) and Texas Practice Guide:  Insurance Litigation (West Publishing 2001). He is also the author of more than sixty articles in the field of insurance law. Mr. Martin is also the editor of The Journal of Texas Insurance Law, a quarterly publication of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Martin is Board Certified in Consumer Law, the specialization covering Insurance Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is also in the process of completing his CPCU certification from the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters.

Mr. Martin received his Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law.  He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Baylor University.

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