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. Best Lawyers 2012 named him the Dallas Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year. According to Chambers USA, 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,” (Chambers USA, 2014) “very responsive, easy to work with, organized and great at bringing relevant issues to the table,” (Chambers USA, 2013) hailed by clients as a “genius for coverage disputes” and regarded by peers as “one of the best policyholders in Texas,” (Chambers USA, 2012), and described as knowing the area “inside-out and is a creative thinker with outstanding negotiation skills.” (Chambers USA, 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.