Cozen O’Connor: Craven, William H.

William H. Craven

Associate

Dallas

(214) 462-3037

(214) 462-3299

Will Craven focuses his practice on national litigation, insurance coverage, and regulatory matters. Merging business and government knowledge, litigation, and coverage experience, Will offers an uncommon perspective to his clients.

Will’s litigation experience includes complex insurance coverage and bad faith matters involving professional liability, casualty and specialty, and commercial property policies issued by domestic and international insurers. Will also represents insureds and self-insureds in commercial and business litigation, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and fraud lawsuits. Will possesses the skills necessary to efficiently and effectively litigate high-stakes cases in state and federal courts to conclusion, having obtained favorable results at both the trial and appellate court level.

In addition to his litigation practice, Will provides independent advice and counsel to guide clients through complex coverage, regulatory, and business challenges. Will regularly prepares coverage opinions and position letters for his clients, providing practical solutions and efficient resolution of large claims.  Will strives to understand both the tangible and intangible risks involved with each particular transaction or claim, keeping in mind the current business climate and the client’s bottom line.

Will’s regulatory experience includes navigating state and federal legislation governing accident and health, life, workers compensation, and employee benefit policies and plans, as well as broker/agent licensing and surplus lines issues. Will also assists his clients in complying with state and federal law in handling claims involving ERISA, having developed internal policies and procedures for responding to subrogation claims made against his clients. Further, Will knows the nuances of the workers compensation laws in Texas and other jurisdictions, and is equipped to work with state departments of insurance to protect his client’s interests.

Prior to law school, Will graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University and interned with a U.S. congressman. Will also worked in Exxon Mobil’s tax department. Will graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2012, where he served as business manager and member of the Corporate Board of the Mississippi Law Journal. Will began his legal career as an associate at a large international law firm where he received the firm’s Coverage Excellence award and published annual law review articles on insurance topics. Active in the North Texas community, Will frequently provides pro bono legal services, participates in Habitat for Humanity projects, and enjoys networking with his local alumni chapters and other professional groups. 

Publications

Fort Worth Court of Appeal Reverses Judgment Awarding Bad Faith Damages Against Insurer [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

November 14, 2018

While the November 8, 2018 Court of Appeal of Texas, Fort Worth Division opinion reverses a trial court’s judgment on grounds of legal insufficiency and standing, the court’s analysis and application of current Texas bad faith law is of much more interest. The trial court judgment held that Old...

Crypto Covered Under Homeowner’s Policy? Ohio Trial Court Holds Coverage and Bad Faith Claims for Bitcoin Theft Survive Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

October 15, 2018

From the high market cap Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, and Litecoin, to the quirky Fonziecoin, Selfiecoin, Pizzacoin, and (thank you, Dennis Rodman) Pot Coin, we have all been blasted by news of crypto and blockchain, and tales of kids in their parents’ basements getting rich off this new wonder that many...

Texas Federal Court Holds Rock Dust Discharged into Stream is Excluded “Pollutant,” so Insurer Owed No Duty to Defend or Indemnify, and Committed No Bad Faith [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

August 13, 2018

On July 10, 2018, Judge John H. McBryde of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, held an insurer owed no coverage to a New Jersey rock quarry owner for the accidental pumping of crushed rock particles into a stream. The policy’s pollution exclusion...

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Insurer Owed Coverage in Fatal Chicago Gang Shooting Lawsuit, but Insurer Did Not Commit Bad Faith in Denying Claim [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

March 30, 2018

On March 1, 2018, an Illinois appellate court held an insurer breached its duties to defend and indemnify a grocer after gang members shot and killed a young woman and injured another outside of the Chicago grocer. The court interpreted “liability arising out of . . . premises” language in an...

Pennsylvania Federal District Court: Insurer’s Reliance on “Reasonable” Interpretation of Law Does Not Automatically Bar Bad Faith [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

April 28, 2017

On March 13, 2017, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, rejected the argument that an insurer does not act in bad faith if it relies on a reasonable interpretation of unsettled case law.  The court explained that while supporting case law is highly relevant to the bad...

South Carolina Federal District Court: Insurer May Act in Bad Faith by Considering Extrinsic Evidence to Deny Duty to Defend [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

April 07, 2017

On February 6, 2017, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina, found a genuine dispute of material fact existed as to whether a Roofing Limitation Endorsement in a liability policy barred the insurer’s duty to defend. Williford Roofing, Inc. v. Endurance Am. Specialty Ins. Co.,...

“Succeeds to the Interests of” Does Not Require Assumption of Obligations: D&O Policy’s Insured v. Insured Exclusion Applies to Claim Assigned to Fidelity Insurer; No Bad Faith [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

March 02, 2017

On February 24, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court reinstated a state trial court ruling that an “insured-versus insured” exclusion barred coverage under a D&O policy for the costs of defending a lawsuit. Because the D&O insurer demonstrated, as a matter of law, that the exclusion applied and no...

“Context Matters” – Tenth Circuit Holds Mudslide Not an Explosion Under Property Policy [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

September 07, 2016

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a Colorado district court ruling that the sudden obliteration of a building in a 2013 mudslide did not constitute an “explosion” under a commercial property policy. Accordingly, coverage for the loss was barred under the...

Texas Joins Modern Trend of Allowing Loss of Use Damages in Total Loss Situations [In the Know]

April 11, 2016

Ron Tigner and Gregory Hudson discuss the growing trend of jurisdictions no longer recognizing any distinction between the recoverability of loss of use damages between partial and total destruction of personal property.

Texas Rule Change: Supreme Court Holds Loss of Use Damages Are Recoverable Where Property Total Loss [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

January 15, 2016

In J & D Towing, LLC v. American Alternative Insurance Corporation, No. 14-0574, 2016 WL 91201 (Tex. Jan. 8, 2016), the Texas Supreme Court considered J & D Towing, LLC’s (“J & D”) claim for loss of use damages under its underinsured motorist insurance policy, after J & D’s only...

Texas 5th Circuit Holds Settlement for Less than Policy Limits Did Not Exhaust Primary Policy [Global Insurance Alert]

December 04, 2015

Martin Resource held that an insured’s settlement contributions could not satisfy the exhaustion requirement, based on the particular policy language at issue. This is contrary to the Srivastava opinion, which indicated an insured’s contributions might satisfy the exhaustion requirement, in that a layer of coverage is exhausted once the loss exceeds the limit.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
  • Mississippi State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009

Awards & Honors

Business Manager, Mississippi Law Journal

  • Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers