Cozen O’Connor: Apodaca, Donnie M.

Donnie Mike Apodaca, II

Associate

Dallas

(214) 462-3044

(214) 462-3299

Recent Publication:

The Supreme Court of Texas Clarifies That a Party Can Testify as an Expert Witness without Waiving the Attorney-Client Privilege [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

Litigation usually involves complex issues related to technology, products, or business processes. In many cases, clients are the best subject-matter experts of their craft. Nevertheless, attorneys are sometimes hesitant to designate a client or a client’s employee as an expert witness for fear of...

Donnie focuses his practice on insurance coverage and complex litigation. He has substantial experience in multi-party litigation in state and federal courts. He has handled actions involving claims for breach of contract and warranty, indemnity, violations of consumer protection statutes, fraud, bad faith, and business torts.

Donnie regularly defends insurance carriers and adjusters in first-party insurance disputes and bad faith litigation. He also advises clients on insurance policy interpretation and appraisal process.

Additionally, Donnie has represented individuals and clients in business litigation, catastrophic injury cases, and products liability actions. He has experience in discovery-heavy litigation, including class action and multi-district litigation. He has managed e-discovery projects, implemented procedures for collecting and producing electronically stored information, and drafted e-discovery protocols.

Donnie earned his law degree cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law. During law school, he was a legal intern at the Innocence Project of Texas and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He received his bachelor's degree in finance with honors from New Mexico State University. At New Mexico University, Donnie served as a member of the student Senate.

Experience

Publications

The Supreme Court of Texas Clarifies That a Party Can Testify as an Expert Witness without Waiving the Attorney-Client Privilege [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

March 12, 2019

Litigation usually involves complex issues related to technology, products, or business processes. In many cases, clients are the best subject-matter experts of their craft. Nevertheless, attorneys are sometimes hesitant to designate a client or a client’s employee as an expert witness for fear of...

Texas Court Holds That Unpaid Appraisal Award Does Not Conclusively Establish Causation or Damages in Hurricane Ike Insurance Dispute [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

June 06, 2018

While Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas almost ten years ago, the resulting litigation is alive and well as evidenced by the recent decision in Texas Windstorm Insurance Association v. Dickinson Independent School District, 14-16-00474-CV, 2018 WL 2436924 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] May 31,...

Education

  • SMU Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
  • New Mexico State University, B.B.A.
  • Texas