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John Goodwin is Of Counsel based in the Dallas office of Butler. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Louisiana. For more than 30 years, John has represented major U.S. and foreign insurers in complex first-party and third-party insurance coverage and liability litigation and disputes.

John has extensive experience representing insurance companies in first-party property coverage lawsuits and claims in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and throughout the United States. He has represented insurers in a broad range of first-party property suits and disputes, including claims for wind, flood, water, mold, hail, and fire damage to commercial and residential buildings. John has defended insurers against allegations of breach of contract, bad faith, and other extra-contractual relief.

John also advises and represents insurers in third-party coverage, liability claims, and lawsuits in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and throughout the United States. He has represented insurers in lawsuits and claims involving professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, class action relief, environmental damage, marine casualties, and vehicular accidents. John’s experience includes handling coverage disputes and preparing coverage opinions about CGL, professional liability, pollution, EPLI, D&O, auto/garage, and excess and umbrella policies.

John is involved in every aspect of the first-party and third-party matters he handles. This includes providing clients with initial coverage advice, conducting examinations under oath, deposing witnesses, retaining experts, and resolving disputes through dispositive motions, mediation, settlement, trial, and appeal.

John has extensive international experience. He counsels British insurers regarding their significant liability exposures in the United States. John has represented international insurers in lawsuits in United States courts, including defending these actions on jurisdictional grounds.

John frequently speaks to insurance industry groups on current legal and industry issues. His presentations address both first-party property and third-party coverage topics.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Marketing from Boston College in 1988 and his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 1991.

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Louisiana

Education

  • Boston College
    Bachelor of Science
  • George Washington University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association, 2016-2018
  • Dallas Bar Association,  2007 – 2018; 2022 – Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2007 – 2009
  • Armadillo Club, 2006- Present
  • State Bar of Texas, 2006 – Present
  • Louisiana Casualty and Surety Association, 1996-2005
  • New Orleans Claims Association, 1996-2002
    Vice-President, 2001-2002
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1992 – Present

Courts

  • United States District Court – Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court – Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court – Western District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Experiences

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • United Fire & Cas. Co. v. Kent Distributors, Inc., 759 F. Appx 326 (5th Cir. 2019). Obtained affirmance from federal appellate court of motion for summary judgment on sexual molestation and employee exclusions.
  • Marseilles Homeowners Condominium Association, Inc. v. Broadmoor, LLC, 111 So.3d 1099 (La. 4 Cir. 2013). Obtained affirmance from appellate court of motion for summary judgment dismissing claims for defense and indemnity in construction defects suit.
  • Richard v. McElroy, 2013 WL 6267752 (La. 1 Cir. Dec. 4, 2013). Obtained affirmance from appellate court of trial court’s zero damages defense verdict.
  • Haun v. Cusimano Inc., 86 So.3d 84 (La. 4 Cir. 2012). Obtained affirmance from appellate court of motion for summary judgment on errors & omissions policy exclusion.
  • Sims v. Cefolia, 755 So.2d 358 (La. 4 Cir. 2000). Obtained dismissal of wrongful death suit for improper venue.
  • Popich Bros. v. Gulf Coast Marine, Inc., 705 So.2d 1267 (La. 4 Cir. 1998). Obtained reversal of large judgment against insurance broker.
  • Certain Underwriters v. M/V Southbend, 1998 WL 204752 (E.D. La. April 24, 1998). Defeated motion for summary judgment in maritime suit.
  • Defillo v. World Bazaar, 695 So.2d 1088 (La. 4 Cir. 1997). Obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s appeal.

Media

Examining the Duty to Defend

Of Counsel John Goodwin and Partner Kim Ramey presented an insightful session at the 2023 Butler Insurance Symposium, focusing on the complexities surrounding the insurer's duty to defend. They delved into the general rules governing this analysis and discovered the nuances and exceptions across different jurisdictions, as well as provided insights into the insurer's options for terminating a defe...

We Welcome John Goodwin to the Dallas Office

We welcome Of Counsel John Goodwin to our Dallas office. To learn more, click his bio above....

Insurance Law – SMU Annual Texas Survey Vol. 7

John Goodwin published "Insurance Law"  for the Southern Methodist University Annual Texas Survey Volume 7 on November 10, 2021. Click here to view the full article....

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