Allyson L. Wilkinson

Allyson Wilkinson is Senior Counsel at Hall Maines Lugrin where she has earned a reputation among the firm’s clients as someone they can trust to help solve their problems, whether it’s the issue in dispute or an issue that arises as part of the litigation process. Her passion for history, writing and storytelling makes her uniquely poised to handle disputes over insurance coverage, well-site negligence and professional liability. Her background provides clients with a tenacious advocate who combines the skills required to handle the challenges accompanying modern litigation with the ability to communicate the experience through understandable, concise narratives.

Prior to her legal career, Allyson taught English in the south of France and later worked for a European banking group. After law school, and prior to being admitted to practice, Allyson was briefing clerk to the Honorable 80th District Court of Harris County, Texas where she gained not only legal experience but also insight into the mechanics of the litigation process—both valuable tools in handling large commercial matters. Over the last five years, Allyson has spent much of her practice focusing on the legal and practical issues related to electronic discovery in state and federal courts, and recently seconded to a London Market/Lloyd’s insurer for a fiscal quarter to deepen her experience in assessment of claims in relation to policy coverage.

Today, comfortable in workrooms, boardrooms and courtrooms, Allyson has the ability to recognize and assess the individual qualities that people bring to the litigation setting while maintaining her focus on the bottom line that most clients face when making business decisions related to commercial disputes—qualities that make her extraordinarily effective in both litigation and mediation settings.

Experience
  • Supported district court motion practice in successful defense of London Market energy insurers in declaration of coverage obligations arising after Hurricane Rita toppled a platform in the Gulf of Mexico – http://cases.justia.com/texas/first-court-of-appeals/2015-01-11-00995-cv.pdf?ts=1427361417.
  • Extensive trial motion practice with successful discovery service through Hague Convention, successful summary judgment practice finding no evidence of insurer bad faith and presentation and examination of experts in defense of London Market energy insurers in declaration of coverage obligations arising after Hurricane Katrina left insured with removal of debris obligations.
  • Managed all aspects of discovery, including e-discovery and opposition to sealed records, and participated in strategy and dispositive motion briefing teams in defense of twenty-three London and domestic energy insurers in a $100 million litigation concerning coverage with respect to the scaling of defence expenses in litigation arising from the Macondo oil spill.
  • Briefed dispositive motions and assisted with depositions of expert and fact witnesses in successful representation of London Market insurers defending against allegations of breach of contract and bad-faith arising from dispute over well-completion and production in coverage litigation.
  • Managed all aspects of discovery and pleadings in representation of working interest owners and London Market insurers in recovery action arising out of a Mississippi sour-gas well blowout.
  • Extensive experience in deposition witness preparation and application of privilege to third-party discovery in defense of London Market insurers in litigation arising from dispute over application of coverage for making wells safe coverage after Gulf of Mexico hurricane Rita.
  • Participation in successful defense of first-party insurers from third-party liability claims in Louisiana legacy litigation alleging millions of dollars in damages.
  • Member of trial court team in successful defense of London Market insurers in multi-million dollar dispute over whether flow had been diverted into production in application of redrill/extra expense coverage.
  • Primary responsibility for handling successful defense of domestic commercial-property insurers in litigation arising from Hurricane Ike.
  • Assisted with pleadings and motion practice in successful representation of working interest owners and London Market insurers in multi-million dollar recovery action related to operator’s failure to shut in oil and gas well and well blow out resulted.
  • Primary responsibility for pleadings and motion practice in successful defense of London Market insurers in a multi-million dollar coverage dispute arising from alleged loss of production after pipelines shut in as part of preparation for Gulf of Mexico Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Primary attorney in successful representation of the driver of a vehicle whose personal injuries were sustained as a result of a collision in Houston traffic.
  • Pre-trial and motion practice attorney in construction and industrial accident/premises litigation matter alleging tens of millions of dollars in damages resulting from brain injury.
  • Second chair in trial over alleged check-kiting scheme involving a commercial bank.
  • Second chair in trial over professional liability allegations arising from legal representation.
  • First chair in evidentiary proceeding arising from litigation over commercial contract.
  • Successfully represented multiple applicants for Temporary Restraining Orders in Harris County, Texas District Courts.
Success
  • Service and depositions through Hague Convention
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Summary judgment in Texas trial court finding no bad faith under Texas common law or Insurance Code
Education
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1998 (Moot Court Oralist Award; Moot Court Briefwriting Award; Who’s Who Among American Universities)
  • University of Houston, post-baccalaureate studies in French, 1987 (Awarded Fulbright-sponsored scholarship with year in France under auspices of Ministry of Education)
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1986 (Awarded scholarship for summer studies at University Laval, Quebec Canada)
Admissions
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Awards/Rankings

Community Involvement
  • Yoga Teacher, RYT© 200 status (Yoga Alliance)
  • Rothko Chapel Guild Member
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Peach Outreach (Uterine Cancer Awareness)
  • Houston Bar Foundation’s Night Court 2003-2011

Memberships
  • Women’s Energy Network, Houston (Member)
  • The Sterling Group, Houston (Member, Board Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Houston Bar Association (Member)
  • Association of Women Attorneys (Member)
  • Texas Insurance Law Section
  • Texas Oil & Gas Law Section
  • Texas Litigation Law Section
  • Texas Animal Law Section
  • Volunteer, Houston Bar Association (Legal Lines Pro Bono)
  • Texas Women Lawyers (Past Board Member)
Speaking Engagements
  • South Texas College of Law, “Mindful Lawyering” Intersession Course – Summer 2015
  • Must an Insured Read an Insurance Policy?, University of Texas CLE Conference, 2013
Publications
  • Must an Insured Read an Insurance Policy?, University of Texas CLE Conference, 2013
  • Prime v. Underwriters, 2015 WL 1457534
  • In re Padron Plumbing, Inc., No. 13-13-00221-CV (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi-Edinburg August 6, 2013, n.w.h.) 2013 WL 4033974
Outside the Office

Last read
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal.

Quotes I live by
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Albert Einstein