Stephen E. Walraven
Shareholder | San Antonio
Stephen E. Walraven has been practicing as a trial lawyer in San Antonio and South Texas since 1975. He has successfully handled a variety of commercial lawsuits, including contract disputes, construction claims, negligence suits, and in particular insurance disputes.
The major portion of his practice is devoted to handling insurance disputes. These lawsuits include disputes between policyholders and their insurance carriers, between two or more insurance carriers, between primary and excess carriers, among insurance carriers and their reinsurers and claims by or against insurance agents and brokers. Mr. Walraven has represented these parties in disputes in arbitration, jury trials, and throughout the appellate court system. This practice also frequently involves claims of insurance bad faith and various statutory claims under the applicable Insurance Codes.
Mr. Walraven has litigated disputes involving liability policies, property policies, inland marine coverages, directors and officers' policies, various errors and omissions coverages, excess and umbrella policies, farm and ranch policies, fidelity bonds, and both facultative and treaty reinsurance.
Mr. Walraven is also a frequent author and lecturer in the areas of insurance law and insurance disputes. His speeches and publications include:
Co-Author, 14th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course: Insurance Coverage in Business Litigation
Co-Author, 1998 DRI Young Lawyers Seminar, San Antonio, Texas: Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith: The Past, Present and Future of Experts in Bad Faith Litigation
Co-Author/Speaker, 1999 Fourth Annual Insurance Law Institute, Dallas, Texas – University of Texas School of Law: Qualifying and Disqualifying Insurance Experts
Co-Author/Speaker, 2000 Fifth Annual Insurance Law Institute – University of Texas School of Law, San Antonio, Texas: Foundation Claims, Commercial Policies
Panel Speaker, Insurance Section Meeting, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June, 2001, Litigating Declaratory Judgment Actions
Author/Speaker, Insurance Law Telephone Seminar Series – Emerging Third Party Liability Issues, Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and The Texas Institute of Continuing Legal Education, May 18, 2004: Can a Claimant Be a Party to the Coverage Declaratory Judgment Action? and The Late Notice Defense and the Requirement of Prejudice
Speaker, State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law Section CLE Meeting: Legislative Update and Recent Insurance Cases (June 23, 2005)
Speaker, 21st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2005: Insurance and Coverage – Do We All Need to Become Coverage Lawyers?
Speaker, 22nd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2006: Insurance and Coverage – Getting a Slice of a Shrinking Pie
Author/Speaker, 11th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, December, 2006: Additional Insurance – What Can You Get When Someone Else Buys Your Insurance
Author/Speaker, Advanced Civil Trial Course, 2007: Insurance Update
Author/Speaker, 12th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 2007: Declaratory Judgment Actions
Author/Speaker, 13th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 2008: Additional Insureds: You Get What You Pay For?
Author/Speaker, 14th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 2009: Declaratory Judgment Actions
Author/Speaker, 15th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 2010: Other Insurance and Priority of Payment
Author/Speaker, 16th Annual Insurance Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 2011: Policy Releases and Rescission
Mr. Walraven has also been selected to serve on the council of the Insurance Section of the State Bar of Texas.