Robbie is a partner in the Houston, Texas office of Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP. His efforts for insurers, over the past 19 years, are focused on insurance coverage and defense matters. He also pursues large loss subrogation matters. He is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven record at the courthouse as represented by the small sample of matters summarized below. Robbie is known for his creative approach to problem solving and his willingness to look at issues from different perspectives. He is best known for his ability to get things done.
Robbie’s practice involves E&O, D&O and PL claims representing lawyers, agents, brokers, accountants, and other professionals, as well as their insurers, and encompasses individual risks as well as liability programs.
Robbie has also served as and directed outside insurance defense counsel on a wide variety of liability claims. He resolves cases within budget and below set loss reserves, to the great satisfaction of clients and their policyholders.
Robbie routinely consults with underwriters, managing general agents and producers on insurance policy wordings and endorsements, manuscript changes and market issues. Robbie drafts and refines insurance policy forms, wordings and endorsements to proactively address coverage issues created by new case law precedent(s) or statutory schemes. He has also audited policy forms to look for potential coverage issues created by form revisions.
Representative cases include:
- Subrogation verdict of $455,720,299.00. Six-week trial. Co-Counsel with Randy Donato. Largest verdict ever rendered in Cook County, Illinois. Second largest non-class action verdict in the State of Illinois. The property damage and business interruption lawsuit arose from an incident at CITGO’s refinery where an 8″ inch elbow manufactured in 1981 by B&W caused a fire. Citgo Petroleum and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. The Babcock & Wilcox Company
- Obtained summary judgment in $50,000,000 subrogation action in New Orleans, LA. Extensive briefing and argument regarding New York and Louisiana law. Firm worked through multiple jurisdiction issues and had to first obtain the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action filed in New York. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. AHAC
- MGA failed to place assault and battery exclusion on nightclub policy over the course of four years. Drunken patron killed four and wounded six others in shooting incident. Filed a declaratory judgment action to reform the policies to include the assault and battery exclusion. Court granted summary judgment reforming the policies and denying coverage. Policy limits had been demanded. Canopius US Insurance, Inc. v. Club ICU
- Represented Underwriters in an arbitration proceeding under the AAA in New Orleans. Insured demanded coverage for the failure of their Westinghouse generator rotor alleging $15,500,000.00 in physical damages and business interruption. After a two-week arbitration, in a 3-0 decision, the panel determined the policy was not triggered. Awarded $0 in monetary damages/no coverage. The firm also recovered a significant percentage of Underwriters’ fees and costs as a prevailing party. EcoElectrica, L.P. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, et al.
- Successfully overturned on appeal a summary judgment denying Reynolds and their insurers an indemnity claim for an $8,350,000 settlement they paid on an underlying paraplegic personal injury case. After reversal on appeal, the case went to trial and the clients, Reynolds and ACE USA, were awarded indemnity for the $8.35 million previously paid, plus interest. Reynolds Metals Company v Hydrochem Industrial Services, Inc.
Texas State Courts
U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas
U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas
U.S. District Court, E.D. Texas
U.S. District Court, W.D. Texas
Pro hac vice admission to various state and federal courts
The University of Texas at Austin, BA. 1994
South Texas College of Law, J.D. 1998