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




Ernest Martin exclusively represents corporate policyholders in the areas of complex insurance recovery 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 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.

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers

Seven Haynes and Boone Lawyers Named “2017 Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers has named seven Haynes and Boone lawyers “2017 Lawyer of the Year.” The legal guide designates a single lawyer per practice specialty in each geographic region. Honorees received high praise for legal prowess, integrity and professionalism.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., September 2016.



Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Showing on 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listings, highlighting 61 firm lawyers, with three celebrating 10 years on the list.

Published by Thomson Reuters, September 2016

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 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 Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., "2017 Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Insurance, 2017
  • 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, 2013-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Insurance Law, 2005-2017; Litigation - Insurance, 2016-2017
  • Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., "2012 Lawyer of the Year" in Dallas Insurance Law, 2012
  • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, top insurance lawyer in Texas, Band 1, 2004-2016
  • 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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