David J. Metzler - Cowles & Thompson

David J. Metzler

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2017
Phone: 214-672-2167

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.

The University of Texas at ArlingtonBA 1987Southern Methodist UniversityJ.D. 1990
State Bar of TexasDallas Bar AssociationClaims and Litigation Management Alliance

Case History

Represented Insurer in Successful actionContinental 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 coveragePhiladelphia 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 disputeAll 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 suitLincoln 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 trialAmerican 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 insurerSouthstar 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)

Office Location

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 3900
901 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
United States


Practice Areas

Insurance Law