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Scot G. Doyen

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sdoyen@ds-lawyers.com
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Phone: 713-580-8902
Fax: 713-580-8910

450 Gears Rd, #350
Houston, Texas 77067

Experience

Mr. Doyen is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by fewer than 2% of the lawyers licensed in Texas. In 2011, Mr. Doyen was named to the Super Lawyers list as one the top attorneys in Texas in the area of personal injury defense litigation, a distinction conferred on less than 5% of the eligible lawyers in Texas. He has maintained a broad and varied trial practice and during the last 20 years Mr. Doyen has tried in excess of 60 significant cases, and handled numerous civil and criminal appeals.

Mr. Doyen routinely represents insurance carriers providing analysis and opinions in routine and complex coverage matters, as well as providing defense in bad faith claims involving personal and commercial lines of coverage. In that capacity, Mr. Doyen handled the defense of hundreds of Hurricane Ike lawsuits, and is actively involved in defending carriers across in Texas in various types of first-party cases.

He is also actively involved representing insurance carriers in umbrella and excess coverage situations ranging from coverage opinions in these areas, to monitoring litigation and even assuming the defense of the insured. Mr. Doyen has been retained to advise insurance carriers in a broad range of factual and legal circumstances and scenarios, including such areas as:

  • Bad faith and extra-contractual damages
  • Coverage disputes in various lines, including general liability, professional liability, property, business interruption, homeowners, and reinsurance
  • Interpretation of excess and umbrella liability policies, as well as unique manuscript policies
  • Coverage disputes in products liability litigation and business litigation
  • Coverage disputes related to employment practices claims, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment and employment discrimination
  • Coverage disputes relating to advertising injury claims and under Directors and Officers liability policies
  • Coverage issues arising under errors and omissions policies issued to lawyers, accountants, insurance agents and real estate agents

Mr. Doyen has been actively involved in commercial litigation and traditional insurance litigation, both first-party and third-party, throughout his career. He has successfully defended all manner and size of corporations, insured or self-insured, as well as individuals, in personal injury suits alleging negligence claims and other tort claims. He has successfully defended contractors, sub-contractors, premises owners, and product manufacturers. Mr. Doyen is frequently called upon to evaluate the enforceability of indemnity provisions in contracts and he is frequently involved in claims asserting indemnity rights.

Representative Cases

In re National Lloyds Insurance Company, 449 S.W.3d 486, 58 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 64 (Tex. Oct 31, 2014) (NO. 13-0761).  Successful mandamus of a discovery order from County Court at Law in Dallas County, Texas compelling residential property insurance carrier to produce claim files from unrelated claims.  In granting mandamus, the Court noted, "... we fail to see how National Lloyds' overpayment, under payment, or proper payment of the claims of unrelated third parties is probative of its conduct with respect to Erving's undervaluation claims at issue in this case."

Andrea Amaro and Martin Amaro v National Lloyds Insurance Company, et al, 206th District Court, Hidalgo County, Texas, transferred from Cause No. C-0304-13-H.  Successfully represented residential property insurance carrier sued following March 2012 hail storm.  The jury found no breach of contract and no bad faith.

Finis Fleming v “Kroger”, and Kroger Texas, L.P., et al, 334th District Court, Harris County, Texas, Cause No. 2011-59377.  Successfully represented premises liability defendant sued for slip and fall in grocery store.  Plaintiff claimed actual knowledge of problems with leaking refrigerated units and medical in excess of $250,000.  The jury found no negligence.

John Davis d/b/a J.D. House of Style v National Lloyds Insurance Company; 11th District Court, Harris County, Texas, transferred from Cause No. 2010-58199, tried in the 281st District Court, Harris County, Texas.  Successfully represented residential property insurance carrier sued following Hurricane Ike.  Following an adverse jury verdict, the Court granted Defendant’s Motion for JNOV.

Preston Thibodeaux v National Lloyds Insurance Company, et al, 11th District Court, Harris County, Texas, transferred from Cause No. D-185-838, Jefferson County, Texas, tried in the 136th District Court, Jefferson County, Texas.  Successfully represented residential property insurance carrier sued following Hurricane Ike.  The jury found no breach of contract or bad faith.

Russell Hudeck v. Memorial Hermann Hospital System, 127th District Court, Harris County, Texas, Cause No. 2003-29849. Successfully represented local hospital sued for alleged medical negligence relating to the development and progression of a decubitus ulcer, which eventually measured six inches in diameter. The jury found no negligence on the part of the hospital, which was the sole defendant at trial.

Michael & Sharon Gordon v. Little Rock Assemblies of God Church, South Texas District Counsel Assemblies of God, et al, 172nd District Court, Jefferson County, Texas, Cause No. E-162,269. Premise liability sexual assault case against an Assemblies of God Church whose youth pastor pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and was sentenced to the penitentiary. Successfully represented Little Rock Assemblies of God Church and obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against the church on the eve of trial. The trial later resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment against defendant, South Texas District Counsel Assemblies of God, which was represented by other counsel.

NMTC Corp. d/b/a MATCO Tools vs. Conarroe, 88th District Court, Hardin County, Texas, Cause No. 42,567. Successfully represented defendant in covenant not to compete case in which plaintiff sought enforcement of covenant not to compete, as well as injunctive relief. The judgment, which was in defendant’s favor, was later upheld on appeal in an opinion published at 99 S.W.3d 865 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2003, no writ).

Budget Properties, LP vs. Beaumont Metropolitan Properties, Inc., 60th District Court; Jefferson County, Texas, Cause No. B-166151. Wrongful foreclosure case where plaintiff sued for deficiency on a foreclosed note and defendant counterclaimed for $1.2 million in damages caused by wrongful foreclosure. Successfully represented plaintiff in obtaining a judgment for the deficiency amount, attorney’s fees, and a finding of no liability on the wrongful foreclosure counterclaim.

Louisiana Gas Development Corp. and Aspect Resources, LLC v. Shine & Johnston, Inc. and J. Gilbert Johnston, 172nd District Court; Jefferson County, Texas, Cause No. E-162088. Successfully represented a registered professional land surveyor in a case involving alleged professional negligence. It was alleged that the client’s staff mis-staked plaintiffs’ oil and gas well approximately 592 feet from its intended location. Plaintiffs claimed to have discovered the mistake after having drilled to over 8,000 feet of depth and having incurred millions in claimed damages. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs on negligence. However, a careful analysis of the seismic data developed demonstrated the benefits to the plaintiffs of the fortuitous well placement and the case was resolved for a confidential amount very favorable to the client.

Patrick Butcher vs. Diane Butcher, 279th District Court, Jefferson County, Texas, Cause No. F-136,121. Successfully represented husband in equitable bill of review brought seven years after rendition of judgment. The court found fraud in the prior rendition of the divorce and custody orders, vacated its prior orders, determined that the law of Trinidad applied, and recognized the divorce and custody orders granted in Trinidad as prevailing.

Saraw Partnership, et al vs. The United States of America, et al, 67 F.3d 567 (5th Cir. 1995). Reversed and remanded a dismissal of plaintiff’s causes of action brought against the United States Veterans Administration for negligent misrepresentation.

Education

J.D., South Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1995

B.S., Lamar University, Bachelor of Science, 1992

Bar Admissions United States Supreme Court
State of Texas, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Defense Research Institute

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

National Association of Subrogation Professionals

Awards & Honors

2011 - Named by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Texas Rising Star (Business Litigation), an honor afforded only the top 2.5% of qualified lawyers in the State of Texas