Ernest Martin



Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1987, Associate Editor, International Tax & Business Lawyer

B.A., Psychology and Legal Studies, Rice University, 1984

Bar Admissions



Ernest Martin exclusively represents corporate policyholders in the areas of complex insurance coverage litigation and consultation. When insurance companies refuse to pay claims, defense costs, settlements, or judgments, corporate clients call him to represent their interests against insurance companies. He uses his vast experience handling insurance coverage matters, knowledge of key insurance principles, insight into how insurance companies operate, and understanding of his client’s business objectives to maximize insurance recoveries from insurance companies in the most efficient way possible.

Ernest has represented private and public entities in coverage disputes before state and federal courts in Texas and across the nation. He has handled litigation and arbitration for coverage disputes involving directors’ and officers' liability claims, construction disputes, environmental claims, securities claims, property damage and business interruption claims, general liability claims, catastrophic personal injury claims, and bad faith claims. Additionally, Ernest consults with clients on matters of insurance coverage including the purchase and renewal of policies, as well as leveraging coverage in the defense and settlement of claims.

Ernest, the Co-Founder of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section, has been widely recognized by his legal industry peers and corporate clients. According to Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, Ernest (band 1 in Texas for the past 11 years) is deemed by sources to be “preeminent in the field of insured advocacy” and “excellent, smart, and persistent,” (2014) “very responsive, easy to work with, organized and great at bringing relevant issues to the table,” (2013) hailed by clients as a “genius for coverage disputes” and regarded by peers as “one of the best policyholders in Texas,” (2012), and described as knowing the area “inside-out and is a creative thinker with outstanding negotiation skills.” (2010). Mark Chloupek of La Quinta Inns said, "Ernest Martin of Haynes and Boone has provided phenomenal representation for various affiliate entities.”

A frequent speaker at state and national insurance seminars, Ernest has held leadership positions in insurance legal associations and served as an adjunct insurance law professor for ten years. He currently serves as head of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Practice Group, served as a member of the firm's managing Board of Directors, and is the current Administrative Partner for the Dallas office.


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP in its annual award listing, featuring 65 lawyers with seven highlighted in the Tops of Texas rankings.

Published by Thomson Reuters in September 2015

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers

Eight Haynes and Boone Lawyers Receive “2016 Lawyer of the Year” Distinction by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers® has named eight Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers “2016 Lawyer of the Year,” one more than last year.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., in August 2015


Chambers USA 2015

Chambers USA Recognizes 52 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

Fifty-two Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers are recognized in the 2015 edition of the highly regarded Chambers USA directory of top lawyers and law firms.

Published by Chambers & Partners in May 2015

Selected Client Representations

  • Representing clients in litigation involving coverage related to: directors and officers litigation; securities claims; environmental superfund clean-up and property damage claims; toxic tort and lead poisoning claims; construction defect claims; product liability claims; intellectual property claims; business interruption claims; employment-related claims; sexual abuse claims; nursing home wrongful death claims; and malicious prosecution claims.
  • Representing clients in disputes concerning coverage for major property damage claims.
  • Representing clients in connection with claims for coverage for professional liability claims, including legal malpractice.
  • Representing clients in connection with bad faith claims related to alleged mishandling of coverage disputes.


Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association; Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (“ICLC”), Policyholder Vice-chair
  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors, 2010
  • Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas; Co-founder, 1998; Chair, 1998 to 2000
  • Dallas Bar Association; Chair, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 2003; Council Member, Secretary, and Chair-Elect of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1998-2003
  • Texas State Bar's Advanced Insurance Law Seminar; Course Director, (multiple years)
  • University of Texas Insurance Law Symposium; Chair, 2003; Co-Chair, 1999, 2000 and 2001
  • American Bar Association; Co-Chair, In-House Counsel Subcommittee, 2011-2012; Co-Chair, D&O Insurance Subcommittee, 2002-2004; Co-Vice Chair and Co-Chair, Insurance Subcommittee's Annual Insurance Seminar, 2009 and 2010
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law - Insurance, Fall 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Spring 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • W.M. "Mac" Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court

Selected Speeches

  • “The Science of the Apology,” Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 5-7, 2015.
  • “Insurance Recovery for Cyber Security Disasters,” Texas State Bar Webcast, Austin, Texas, April 29, 2015.
  • “Insuring Cyber Liability and Cyber-Related Risks,” Dallas Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Dallas, Texas, May 5, 2015.
  • “Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Insurance Law Seminar, June 11-12, 2015.

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., "2016 Lawyer of the Year" in Insurance Law, 2016
  • A finalist for Texas Lawyer's Go-To Guide, ALM Media Properties, LLC - Insurance, 2012
  • D Magazine's "Best Lawyers" list, D Magazine Partners - Insurance Law, 2013-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Insurance Law, 2005-2016; Litigation - Insurance, 2016
  • Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., "2012 Lawyer of the Year" in Dallas Insurance Law, 2012
  • Chambers USA Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers & Partners, top insurance lawyer in Texas, Band 1, 2004-2015
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2015
  • Who's Who Legal: Texas, Law Business Research, Ltd. - Insurance & Reinsurance, 2007-2012
  • LexisNexis Insurance Law Center Person of the Year Awards 2008, Policyholder Attorney category, finalist nominee
  • "True Texas Legend in Insurance Law," TexasBarCLE and the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2008
  • "Go-To" Lawyer in Insurance in Texas Lawyer's Go-To Guide, ALM Media Properties, LLC, 2007
  • Top Notch Lawyer in Insurance in Texas Lawyer's Go-To-Guide, ALM Media Properties, LLC, 2002
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

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