Britton Douglas is an Associate in the Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation Practice Groups in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, LLP
Britton represents clients in all facets of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels. His experience is diverse, having served companies facing a wide range of legal matters in many industries. Britton assists clients in resolving disputes through litigation, but also understands the importance of alternative dispute resolution and front-end consulting to avoid disputes.
Britton's experience includes:
- Representing clients in complex insurance coverage litigation
- Prosecuting bad faith claims and Texas Insurance Code violations related to alleged claims mishandling in complex coverage litigation
- Prosecuting and defending lawsuits involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, breach of contract, among other business disputes
- Defending complex professional malpractice claims
- Counseling clients in connection with the handling of large insurance matters following natural and man-made disasters
- Counseling clients in connection with insurance and indemnity aspects of major commercial transactions
- Prosecuting and defending insurance subrogation actions
- Representing owners and general contractors in disputes with subcontractors
Britton also first-chaired numerous jury trials as part of the City of Arlington’s Visiting Prosecutor Program, in addition to his experience at Haynes and Boone.
- Britton is a contributor to The Dec Sheet, the firm's insurance law blog.
- "Service-of-Suit Clause: Establishing Jurisdiction in Convenient Forum," American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Energy Litigation, 2013.
- "Selection of Counsel: Do Insurers or Insureds Choose?" co-author, State Bar of Texas 3rd Annual Business Torts Institute, 2011.
- "Trial Strategies in Insurance Coverage Lawsuits," co-author, State Bar of Texas 8th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, 2011.
- "Insurance Policy Arbitration Clauses: Know What You Are Bargaining For," Haynes and Boone Insurance Litigation Newsletter, 2011.
- "The Montrose Case – A Model Loss in Progress Rule Analysis," co-author, State Bar of Texas 7th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, 2010.
- "What's in the Pipeline: Attorney/Client Issues," co-author, University of Texas School of Law 15th Annual Insurance Law Institute, 2010.
- "Law Firm Challenge" Committee, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk
- Team Captain, Haynes and Boone Light the Night Walk Team
- Member, Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition
Selected Representative Experience
10/31/2012 - Hurricane Sandy: Maximizing Insurance Coverage after a “Superstorm”
Meteorologists dubbed Hurricane Sandy a “perfect storm” or “superstorm” long before it even made landfall on the East Coast, and Sandy lived up to those terms.
10/13/2011 - Selection of Counsel: Do Insurers or Insureds Choose?
Most liability insurance policies obligate the insurer to both indemnify the insured for judgments or settlements and cover the insured’s defense expenses. In other words, the carrier must pay for the insured’s defense counsel. The insurer’s “duty to defend” generally brings with it the right to select defense counsel, but Texas law allows insureds to select independent counsel in certain circumstances.
04/19/2011 - Insurance Policy Arbitration Clauses: Know What You Are Bargaining For
Litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. As a result, “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR) has increased in popularity over the past several decades. Legislatures, bar associations, legal scholars, and even the courts themselves have pushed for more ADR. Indeed, most courts now require that parties mediate cases before trial.
04/14/2011 - Trial Strategies in Insurance Coverage Lawsuits: Practical Advice for Policyholder Lawyers
Trying insurance coverage cases is exciting and rewarding. The insured has often endured a stressful event and then a protracted insurance coverage dispute. The insured purchased insurance to protect it from the unexpected. When the unexpected occurred, the insured called on its insurer and the insurer did not answer. Trying insurance coverage cases gives you an opportunity to help right a wrong.
10/14/2010 - What's in the Pipeline: Attorney/Client Issues
The practice of insurance law brings with it a host of privilege issues that affect insurance lawyers “on both sides of the ‘v.’” Regardless of who you represent and in what capacity you represent them, privilege issues are sure to affect your practice.
04/08/2010 - The Montrose Case - A Model Loss in Progress Rule Analysis
Texas courts applying the so-called “loss in progress” rule have failed to consider the real and practical distinction between first-party property insurance and third-party liability insurance. In the future, Texas courts could use the analysis applied in the Montrose case as a guide when applying the loss in progress rule in the liability insurance context.