Cozen O’Connor: Schulz, Karl A.

Karl A. Schulz

Member

Houston

(832) 214-3933

(832) 214-3905

Recent Publication:

Texas Federal Court Holds that Named Storm Deductible Applies Even in the Absence of Wind Damage [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

Judge Nancy Atlas of the Southern District of Texas cut through competing arguments to resolve a high-profile dispute involving a Hurricane Harvey claim through Contract Interpretation 101. Lexington Insurance Company issued a policy to Pan Am Equities, Inc. (Pan Am) covering a property...

Karl Schulz has experience handling insurance coverage opinions, coverage litigation, and other commercial litigation in the energy, transportation, construction and agribusiness industries.

Karl serves clients ranging from London underwriters to consumer products manufacturers. Karl's practice includes research and writing, reporting to clients, assisting in development of strategy, taking and defending depositions, hearings, mediations, and arbitrations.  

Karl earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Southern California, and his Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. During law school, Karl was a staff editor of the Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal

As an active member of the community, Karl is a regular volunteer for Ronald McDonald House. In addition, Karl leads the Houston office's United Way fundraising campaign, for which the firm won an award in 2012.  Karl is also a member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court. 

 

Experience

Publications

Texas Federal Court Holds that Named Storm Deductible Applies Even in the Absence of Wind Damage [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

May 20, 2019

Judge Nancy Atlas of the Southern District of Texas cut through competing arguments to resolve a high-profile dispute involving a Hurricane Harvey claim through Contract Interpretation 101. Lexington Insurance Company issued a policy to Pan Am Equities, Inc. (Pan Am) covering a property...

Texas Supreme Court Rules on Discoverability of an Insurer’s Attorney’s Fee Bills [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

June 13, 2017

Are an insurer’s attorney’s fee bills discoverable in first party claims?  In In re Nat’l Lloyds Ins. Co., 2017 Tex. LEXIS 522 (Tex. 2017), the Texas Supreme Court considered this question in a hail MDL dispute and answered “No” in a lengthy opinion.  The opinion is the latest development in a...

Fifth Circuit Clarifies Claims Handling Quandary: When Does a Cause of Action Accrue? [Global Insurance Alert]

December 07, 2016

Karl A. Schulz discusses the Fifth Circuit's clarification of a typical but potentially tricky question involving property claims in De Jongh v. State Farm Lloyds.

Texas Supreme Court Classifies Mosquitos as Wild Animals, Discharges Liability for Mosquito Bites

July 12, 2016

Kendall Kelly Hayden and Karl A. Schulz discuss a Texas Supreme Court decision that handed property owners a major victory on an issue of increasing importance as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus spread around the country.

Five Things to Consider: Responding to a Demand Article [For the Defense]

August 01, 2012

n an article titled, "Responding to a Demand Letter," Karl Schulz, of the Global Insurance Group in the Houston office, outlines five points to consider when drafting a response to a demand letter.

Split Decisions: The Outcome of Court Cases Concerning Appraisals Varies from State to State for Insurers [Best’s Review]

May 01, 2012

Split Decisions: The Outcome of Court Cases Concerning Appraisals Varies from State to State for Insurers - Best’s Review -

The Importance of the Umpire's Subject Matter Expertise [Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law]

March 01, 2012

The Importance of the Umpire's Subject Matter Expertise - Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law - In an article titled, "The Importance of the Umpire's Subject Matter Expertise," Karl Schulz (Houston) presents arguments that subject matter expertise will help ensure that appraisals reach the accurate outcome, and, therefore, will preserve judicial resources by obviating litigation over the appraisal process and award

Texas Federal Court Enforces Anti-Assignment Clause to Preclude Assignment of Insurance Policy and $4.7 Million Hurricane Ike Claim [Global Insurance Alert!]

January 23, 2012

Texas Federal Court Enforces Anti-Assignment Clause to Preclude Assignment of Insurance Policy and $4.7 Million Hurricane Ike Claim - Global Insurance Alert! - On January 10, 2012 Judge Vanessa Gilmore of the Southern
District of Texas, Houston Division, issued an important opinion
concerning the purported assignment of an insurance policy and
a $4.7 million Hurricane Ike property damage claim.

Texas Supreme Court Issues Important Opinion Concerning Plaintiff's Burden of Proof in Products Liability Matters [Insurance Coverage Alert!]

October 04, 2011

Texas Supreme Court Issues Important Opinion Concerning Plaintiff's Burden of Proof in Products Liability Matters - Insurance Coverage Alert! - The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion concerning products liability. Merck & Co. v. Garza, 2011 Tex. LEXIS 638 (Tex. 2011) stemmed from litigation involving the diet drug Vioxx. The court held that plaintiffs seeking to prove general causation with epidemiological evidence must provide at least two independent case studies demonstrating that subjects who used the product under circumstances substantially similar to those encountered by the plaintiff doubled their

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Houston Claims Association's February CE Seminar

February 08, 2017 - Houston, TX

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2007
  • California State U.–Northridge, M.P.A., 2003
  • University of Southern California, B.A., cum laude, 1999

Awards & Honors

American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Outstanding Service Award

  • Texas
  • 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