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Attorney Profiles


Todd Hunter

Todd A. Hunter

Partner

Born Bartlesville, OK, 1953; admitted to bar 1978, also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts Southern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas. Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Certified Provider, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Hunter’s area of practice includes insurance, commercial, banking, tort trial and appellate practice and mediation. He was involved in statewide legislative initiatives such as civil justice reforms. He jointly wrote tort reforms dealing with medical malpractice, the liability of third parties whose connection to the case is questionable, punitive damages, frivolous lawsuits, whistle blower protection, and venue shopping.

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Edward Barker

F. Edward Barker

Partner

Born Chattanooga, TN, 1938; admitted to Tennessee bar 1964; Texas bar 1967; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Military Appeals, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, U. S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas. Barker, partner, defends a wide variety of suits in the Corpus Christi vicinity and much of South Texas, including the Mexican border area. Barker’s practice includes the defense of complex litigation, serious personal injuries claims, business, contracts, corporations, product liability, workers’ compensation, environmental and toxic torts, general liability, communication/FCC litigation of securities liability issues, labor litigation, defense of insurers against claim of bad faith and other extra contractual claims.

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Rick Fancher

Rick Fancher

Managing Partner

Born Tucson, AZ, 1953; admitted to Texas bar 1979; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Personal Injury Trial Law. Fancher, partner, defends a wide variety of cases in the State of Texas. Fancher’s practice includes the defense of product liability, construction defect, automobile, premises liability, environmental and toxic torts. His practice also includes the defense of professional liability, as well as errors and omissions claims, in the medical, legal, insurance, and financial fields, along with the defense of insurers against bad faith and other extra-contractual claims.

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Floyd Brown

Floyd W. Brown, Jr.

Born Austin, TX, 1963; admitted to Texas bar 1996; also admitted to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 1997. Brown’s practice includes personal injury cases, automobile, multi-party environmental and toxic tort, premises liability, products liability and medical negligence with a significant number involving legal malpractice and general insurance defense litigation.

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Rodney Handel

Rodney R. Handel

Born Madison, WI, 1957; admitted to Texas bar 1986; also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts Southern, Northern and Western District of Texas. Handel has successfully represented the firm’s clients in insurance defense litigation, products liability, toxic torts, DTPA and consumer litigation, and employment law. Handel also is retained by insurance companies to render insurance coverage opinions.

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David Neblett

David W. Neblett

Born Houston, TX, 1967; admitted to Texas bar 1992; also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas. Neblett’s primary areas of focus are commercial property Insurance, bad faith, civil trial, employment law, civil rights and workers’ compensation.

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Richard Scholnick

Of Counsel

Born in 1948; received his JD with High Honors from Tulane University School of Law and received an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in Louisiana in 1978 and in Connecticut in 1980; and is an attorney in good standing with both Louisiana and Connecticut. He began his legal career as a tax attorney at the law firm, Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie and Sims in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since then he has launched three successful businesses and has taught both finance and law classes at Teikyo Post University, Quinnipiac College and the University of New Orleans School of Business.