David J. Metzler is a Shareholder and Section Head of the Firm's Insurance Coverage and Litigation Practice Group. His practice is devoted to tort, commercial and insurance coverage issues. He also advises clients on insurance and entertainment law. David also has significant experience in litigating real estate disputes.
David is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance ("CLM") and received a CLMP (Certified Litigation Management Professional) designation through the CLM in 2011. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1990 and is licensed to practice before all Texas courts, the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and all of the United States District Courts of Texas.
Represented Insurer in Successful action — Continental Cas. Co. v. N. Am. Capacity Ins. Co., 683 F.3d 79 (5th Cir. 2012) (representing insurer in successful action by excess carrier to recover defense costs from primary insurers that improperly denied coverage).
Successfully Defended Insurance Carrier's denial of coverage — Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co. v. Creative Young Minds, Ltd. D/B/A Primrose School of Walnut Creek, 679 F. Supp. 2d 739 (N.D. Tex. 2009) (successfully defended insurance carrier’s denial of coverage).
Successfully defended property insurer in coverage dispute — All Saints Catholic Church v. United Nat'l Ins. Co., 257 S.W.3d 800 (Tex.App. -- Dallas 2008, no writ) (successfully defended property insurer in coverage dispute involving more than one cause of property damage).
Successfully represented insurer in suit — Lincoln General Ins. Co. v. Aisha’s Learning Center, 468 F. 3d 857 (5th cir. 2006) (successfully represented insurer in suit arising out of denial of coverage based upon “auto” exclusion in CGL policy)
Represented primary and excess carrier at trial — American Home Assur. Co. v. United Space Alliance, LLC, 378 F. 3d 482 (5th Cir. 2004) (represented primary and excess carrier at trial of claim for wrongful refusal to defend)
Successful defense of insurer — Southstar Corp. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines. Ins. Co., 42 S.W.3d 187 (Tex. App. -- Corpus Christi 2001, no pet.) (successful defense of insurer in "advertising injury" coverage and bad faith dispute)