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 and 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, and served as a member of the firm's managing Board of Director.


Chambers USA 2020

Chambers USA Recognizes 58 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

58 Haynes and Boone lawyers spanning 17 practice areas are featured in the 2020 edition of the Chambers USA legal directory published by Chambers & Partners.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2020

Best Lawyers in America 2020 has featured more than 100 Haynes and Boone lawyers in its annual referral guide of outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2019

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Part II COVID-19: Preparing for a Potential Business Interruption (BI) Loss Claim/Recovery,” panelist, AssurexGlobal Webinar, May 19, 2020.
  • “Current Coverage Challenges with Sexual Abuse Claims,” presenter, ABA Section of Litigation 2019 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 1, 2019.
  • "Insurance Essentials for Business Litigators," speaker, Business Litigation Section, Dallas Bar Association, Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
  • “When the Cloud Bursts, Will There Be Coverage for Your Dependent Network Business Interruption Loss?” speaker, American Bar Association Women in Litigation Joint Conference, November 17, 2017.
  • “Navigating an SEC Accounting Investigation,” panelist, American Bar Association webinar, June 8, 2017.
  • “Is Talc the New Asbestos? Will the History of Asbestos and Silica Impact the Answer to That Question?” panelist; Committee Vice-Chair- Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 1 - 4, 2017.
  • “Insurance Toolkit: Important Tools Every Lawyer Should Have in Representing Clients,” presentation, State Bar of Texas’ 8th Annual Course Business Disputes CLE, September 22, 2016.
  • “Insurance Toolkit: Important Tools Every Lawyer Should Have in Representing Clients,” presentation, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Trial Strategies, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 18-19, 2016.
  • “D&O Insurance Protection of Governing Persons” The University of Texas School of Law, 38th Annual Conference on Securities and Business Law, Dallas, TX, February 11-12, 2016.
  • “How to Get Dough Out of Insurance Companies: Tactics and Tricks of the Trade,” UT Law 20th Annual Insurance Law Institute, Dallas, Texas, November 12-13, 2015.
  • “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 and Community Activities

  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel; Fellow
  • 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, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee ("ICLC"); 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

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., as a "2019 Lawyer of the Year"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Insurance Law, 2005-2021; Litigation - Insurance, 2016-2021
  • D Magazine's "Best Lawyers" list, D Magazine Partners - Insurance Law, 2013-2020
  • Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, top insurance lawyer in Texas, Band 1, 2004-2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2019
  • Recognized as a Standout Lawyer, Acritas Stars, 2018-2020
  • 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
  • Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., "2012 Lawyer of the Year" in Dallas Insurance Law, 2012
  • 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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