Laurence S. "Larry" Kurth

Laurence S. "Larry" Kurth


Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Railroad Law

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Larry Kurth serves as managing partner of Akerman’s San Antonio office. Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he has a broad-based commercial litigation practice with a focus on insurance disputes. Larry has significant experience in policy drafting, interpretation, fraud, malpractice, and coverage matters. His clients include both multinational corporations and top 50 insurance companies.

In addition to his insurance practice, Larry represents clients across a range of sectors, including transportation, healthcare, and government in commercial disputes, products liability, personal injury, property damage, and contracts, among other business disputes. With a prolific practice in state and federal courts, Larry has appeared before virtually every sitting judge in Bexar County, from J.P. Courts to the Fourth Court of Appeals. Larry has conducted jury trials from Houston to Brownsville, to San Antonio to Austin, and most of the counties in between.

Larry serves as Chairman of the University Health System Foundation and on the Board of the Consejo Educational Foundation, as well as the San Antonio Fiesta Commission. He has served as President of the Fiesta Commission. He is also the former President of the American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Location

  • 112 East Pecan Street, Suite 2750
    San Antonio, TX 78205

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, Texas State Bar
  • Colorado, Colorado State Bar
  • Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Bar

Affiliations

  • A Texas Advisory Counsel on Arson (ATAC) - Member
  • ABOTA - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member - Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Texas - Former President
  • Bexar County Bar Association - Member
  • Chairman, University Health Systems Foundation - Board of Directors
  • Colorado Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • International Association of Arson Investigators - Member
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel - Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Association - Member
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity - Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association - Fellow
  • State Bar College - Member
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel - Member
  • Travis County Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Akerman LLP
San Antonio, Texas

215 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

83 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Railroad Law

Awards:

  • Voted one of San Antonio's Best Lawyers as rated by peers, S.A. Scene, 2009-2012
  • Texas Monthly Best Lawyers in Texas
  • Who's Who in San Antonio Lawyers
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016
  • Recognized as a San Antonio Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal, 2015
  • AV rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Published Work and Lectures

  • UE Forum on Legal Defense of Issues in Higher Education, Speaker, "Campus Police - The Use of Force Continuum/Conundrum," 2015
  • Larry is a repeat author and speaker for the State Bar of Texas Advance Civil Trial CLE Programs, as well as for legal seminars for insurance clients, including:
  • - "Bad Faith Doctrine in Texas"- "Preparing Fire Experts for Discovery"- "Preparing executive Officers for Apex Depositions"

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended 25 lawsuits in jury and bench trials for a major railroad client to include track disputes, fed actions, crossing accidents and personal injury claims.
  • Tried over twenty first-party bad faith arson cases to successful jury verdicts in Bexar County, Maverick County, Tom Green County, Cameron County, Harris County, Travis County, and others.
  • Obtained a reversal for a property insurer and modified the burden of proof for defendants in duty of good faith and fair dealing cases in a trial in. State Farm Lloyds v. Polasek, 847 SW2d 279 (Tex. App. San Antonio 1992, writ denied).
  • Obtained a reversal for a workers compensation carrier and set precedent on the standard for biased jury argument based upon racial and ethnic overtones in a trial in Crystal City, Texas. TEIA v. Guerrero, 800 SW2d 859 (Tex. App. San Antonio 1990, writ denied).
  • Successfully defended a major railroad client in numerous venues across South Texas arising out of asserting its right of ways, and leasehold claims.
  • Successfully defended homeowners associations in easement disputes, and similar claims.
  • Represented Bexar County Sherriff's Department and Bexar County against § 1983 claims and class action suits involving officer conduct as well as jail procedures and policies.
  • Represented multiple various insurance companies in claims disputes arising out of Hurricanes Alicia, Rita, and Katrina.
  • Conducted over five hundred examinations under oath for various carriers.
  • Successfully represented numerous oil and gas industry operators in personal injury and property damage cases resulting from rig explosions and fires.
  • Represented employers in numerous OSHA investigation hearings including electrocutions, ROPS, cave ins, safety harnesses, and similar alleged violations and then defended the employer in subsequent employee personal injury actions.

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