Audra M. Dean Of Counsel

     

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Audra Dean has vast experience in general civil litigation, product liability litigation and mass tort litigation as well as noncompete matters. She also has a substantial background in the defense of contractors in asbestos litigation and a growing practice focused on the defense of insurance brokers and agents in E&O as well as handling of noncompete cases for insurance agents and brokers.

Audra possesses an innate ability to connect with her clients, identify their needs and communicate effectively throughout the litigation cycle. She is known for consistently delivering a solid work product with high regard for her clients’ priorities. Audra’s problem-solving skills are often the key component of her success in achieving favorable results for her clients, who appreciate her ability to dig deep into a case or issue to find an early solution that saves time and avoids the expense of litigation.

Areas of Focus

Insurance / Professional Liability
Audra has experience defending agents and brokers in all lines of coverage in insurance E&O claims, as well as handling bad faith and personal injury matters. Her deep knowledge of the insurance industry results in effective analysis of the agency relationships between and among the parties. Audra also handles matters involving covenants not to compete and theft of confidential information and trade secrets.

Insurance / Product Liability
In her product liability practice, Audra has defended manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of a wide variety of products in matters that frequently extend to business effects on a variety of business issues, including communications to shareholders. Since these cases can easily extend beyond one court or jurisdiction, Audra always keeps nationwide and international implications top of mind.

Toxic Tort / Asbestos
Audra has defended asbestos claims involving outside contractors and premises owners, and litigated matters relating to asbestos exposure in various contexts. She also defends companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of asbestos-containing products.

Representative Matters

Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of a national insurance broker in a Texas state court, upholding enforceability of the noncompete clause in an employment contract.

Obtained dismissal of hundreds of claims on behalf of two different asbestos product manufacturers in Texas state court and Arkansas state court.

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