With over 15 years of experience litigating complex matters in Texas and Louisiana, Stephanie Tippit has built a successful practice representing domestic and London Market insurers in litigating multi-million dollar energy insurance claims, including coverage and subrogation lawsuits, arising from package, control-of-well, property and commercial general liability policies. She also defends insurers, independent energy loss adjusters and expert engineers against bad faith and Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims.
Her experience in handling claims related to toppled and damaged platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, gas leaks from a massive underground salt dome, and over 30 oil and gas well blowouts, suggests she has a strong grasp of the energy industry. In addition, Stephanie has experience in professional liability insurance matters. Before joining Hall Maines Lugrin, Stephanie represented industrial gasket and packing product manufacturers and former refinery executive officers in mass tort and premises liability litigation, and successfully obtained summary judgment and voluntary dismissal of all claims against them.
Equally accomplished outside of law, Stephanie was a professional ballet dancer prior to college and performed with Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II and Tulsa Ballet Theatre. She continues applying skills she learned through ballet to her law practice and everyday life—ballet requires attention to detail and careful listening; success demands dedication to long hours of hard training; goals are best achieved through close collaboration and teamwork; and despite the rigor, present yourself with ease and grace.
Stephanie and her husband support a local non-profit ballet company, City Ballet of Houston, and are sponsors of the James Neal Tippit Scholarship awarded annually to a graduating Georgetown High School senior in support of their college education. Stephanie enjoys cooking, entertaining friends and family, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and, of course, Texas A&M football.
- Prepared numerous coverage opinions for control-of-well, property, CGL and professional liability policies.
- Co-managed over a dozen complex litigation matters with extensive discovery and briefing on technical and non-technical issues.
- Negotiated full policy release for excess property insurers with zero-dollar contribution to major gas transmission company’s claim for over $80 million as sue and labor expense relating to gas leak from a massive multi-cavern underground gas storage salt dome.
- Significant role in summary judgment briefing resulting in dismissal of bad-faith claims against insurers, independent loss adjuster and independent expert engineer.
- Represented insurers in Louisiana lawsuit over cancellation of coverage for continued sidetrack drilling in a well with questionable mechanical integrity following 3 prior blowouts in the well. After extensive pre-trial work on technical drilling issues, parties reached a favourable settlement.
- Trial team member representing insurers in a multi-issue coverage and bad faith lawsuit in Louisiana state court by major E&P company for loss of offshore platform in wake of Hurricane Rita leading to dismissal of excess insurers and reduction in insured’s demand after beginning trial such that the parties were able to reach settlement.
- Trial team member in Texas federal court matter representing insurers against coverage claims by onshore well operator and working-interest owners seeking recovery of losses relating cause of casing failure during fracking and resulting blowout.
- Represented insurers in control-of-well and CGL coverage and bad faith litigation by independent West Texas well operator seeking recovery of blowout-related losses during workover primarily involving issues of insured property, insured interest and indemnifiable loss, and reduction in potential recovery by operator’s settlements with other parties.
- Assisted with significant pre-trial discovery on technical issues regarding nature and purpose of certain post-blowout losses relating to pollution, property damage and remediation, and a vertically drilled well as a relief well vs. redrill well, leading to favorable settlement of Texas state court lawsuit.
- Represented Louisiana property owner in Texas court against pipeline company for its fault in causing land erosion resulting in favorable settlement.
- Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1999 (Civic Litigation Clinic, Trial Advocacy w/Honors)
- University of Utah, Honors Degree of B.A. Economics, cum laude, 1996 (Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, Dean’s List, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Honors Student Advisory Committee, Pi Beta Phi sorority)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Courts of Louisiana (all districts)
- U.S. District Courts of Mississippi (all districts)
- All state trial courts of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi
- Board Member and Donor, City Ballet of Houston (2011-present)
- Sponsor, James Neal Tippit Scholarship (Georgetown High School, Georgetown, TX)
- Sponsor, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Junior Commercial Steer Feeding and Management Contest)
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Louisiana Bar Association
- Mississippi Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Latest Trends in Oil and Gas Claims, IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference, panel member, 2015
Outside the Office
Favorite vacation spot
Beach resorts with a nice pool and a nearby quaint town with great restaurants.
Most satisfying professional accomplishment
Every favorable motion for summary judgment.