Stephen M. Halbeisen

Chair, Subrogation & Recovery, South Central Region


(214) 462-3005

(866) 433-3990

Steve Halbeisen is a member of the firm's Dallas office, where he is chair of the Subrogation & Recovery Department's South Central region.  Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of property damage disputes involving fires and explosions, product failures, petrochemical plant damages, flood damages, structural failures, material failures, heavy equipment losses, tower collapses, fine arts losses and construction defect losses, among others.  Steve has tried cases to verdict in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

Steve earned his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's University in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Miami in 1990.



More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.


Hurricane Harvey Litigation Update: Conflicting Opinions Spur Trial on Damages and Appeal [Alert]

January 11, 2021

Jason Schulze, Stephen Halbeisen, Jake Skaggs Elliott Feldman and Kevin Hughes discuss the status of the litigation arising out of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Houston on August 25, 2017,

Not So Fast: The Supreme Court of Texas Narrows the Scope of the Economic Loss Doctrine [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

October 17, 2014

Historically, Texas courts have applied the economic loss doctrine (ELD) to bar tort claims (negligence and strict products liability) against a manufacturer or seller of a defective product when the damage is limited to the defective product itself and did not cause damage to a person or to other property. In addition, Texas courts have held that the ELD precludes tort recovery for economic loss arising from a party’s failure to perform under a contract when the harm consists only of the economic loss of a contractual expectancy.

Beware of Defendants Who Attempt to Push the Boundaries of the Economic Loss Rule (Texas) [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

May 01, 2014

In most jurisdictions today, to recover under a strict products liability theory, the Plaintiff must prove that a defect in the subject product was a producing cause of the Plaintiff’s damages. More importantly, in order to recover under a strict products liability theory, the Plaintiff must show...

Subrogation and the 2014 Polar Vortex: Recovery Opportunities and Hurdles

February 19, 2014

Topics include: Causes of Freeze Losses, Subrogation Considerations on Freeze Losses, Subrogation Claims & Interruption of Gas Service & Impact of Tariffs and Statutes of Repose on Subrogation Claims

Deep Freeze: Evaluating Subrogation Claims Arising From The January 2014 Freeze In The Midwest And Eastern United States

January 23, 2014

January 5-7, 2014, a wide swath of subzero temperatures impacted much of the United States, from Montana eastward to New York, and southward to parts of Oklahoma and northern Alabama. Several major cities recorded their lowest temperatures in more than 20 years.

Proving Fine Art Damage: It's All in the Details [Claims Magazine]

June 01, 2012

Proving Fine Art Damage: It's All in the Details - Claims Magazine - To Maximize Subrogation Recoveries, Pay Attention of damages and hiring the right damages experts
are as important as proving the cause of
the loss.

Fine Art Losses: Details, Details, Details [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

December 05, 2011

Fine art losses come in many shapes and sizes. Oftentimes, fine art is a relatively small piece of a homeowner's or commercial property claim. Occasionally, however, the art represents the vast majority of a claim. You may have heard of the story in 2006 about casino mogul, Steve Wynn, who...

Summer 2010 [Subrogation & Recovery Observer]

July 29, 2010

Summer 2010 - Subrogation & Recovery Observer -

Fall 2009 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

October 01, 2009

Fall 2009 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer - Welcome to the Fall 2009 issue of the Cozen O'Connor Subrogation and Recovery Observer. In this issue, we report on our recent trial victories, notable settlements, and other newsworthy developments in subrogation issues

Fall 2007 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

October 01, 2007

Fall 2007 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer - As football season gets underway and the exciting post-season baseball action has
started, Cozen O’Connor’s Subrogation Department is pleased to announce the continued expansion of our team roster. The Fall 2007 edition of the Subro Observer includes the introduction of five new attorneys in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Spoliation of Evidence [Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers]

January 13, 2006

Spoliation of Evidence - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 13 pgs total. This paper covers the various implications of spoliation of evidence. First, the evolution of the spoliation doctrine is explored with particular attention paid to the inferences invoked and sanctions levied by courts... Second, the impact of the concept of spoliation of evidence on the investigation of an insurance claim is explored... A checklist is offered to identify what evidence collection efforts should be taken...

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  • University of Miami, J.D., 1990
  • St. Joseph's University, B.S., 1987

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2021

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • State Bar of Texas