Cozen O’Connor: Tigner, Ronald E.

Ronald E. Tigner

Senior Counsel

Houston

(832) 214-3935

(832) 214-3905

Ronald E. Tigner has tried in excess of 60 jury cases in a first chair capacity. He has tried cases in such diverse areas as construction defect claims, representing architects and engineers, he has defended real estate agents in misrepresentation claims and commission disputes, he has defended premises liability cases, as well as products liability claims, and general maritime claims. He has defended insurance carriers in bad faith claims, and in particular successfully defended a domestic carrier accused of misrepresenting the amount of available insurance coverage in which in excess of $100 million was being sought by a group of plaintiffs who had previously settled their claims.

On a regular basis Ron defends various Underwriters at Lloyds by both homeowner and commercial property owners and in 2009 successfully appealed an adverse decision to the Fifth Circuit obtaining a reversal on an issue of first impression holding that a commercial policy's theft exclusion did not cover theft of copper wiring in Van Law v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, 570 F.3d 574 (5th Cir. 2009). Recently Ron has been engaged in the defense of a food supplement manufacturer which was alleged to have sold supplements which caused liver damage. Most recently, Ron obtained a summary judgment for Certain Underwriters involving the theft of copper from various electrical and mechanical equipment at a vacant grocery store upholding the application of the theft exception to the Vandalism Exclusion.

Ron recently published an article on the appraisal process in property claims in Bests' Review in May 2012. During his legal career Ron has been a lecturer on several occasions at the State Bar of Texas' Advance Civil Trial Course on a variety of subjects.

Ron has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law since 1980 and is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas (1970-1972). Ron graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in 1966, an M.B.A. in insurance with honors in 1969, and a J.D. in 1970.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Names Seven New Shareholders

February 16, 2011

Cozen O’Connor Names Seven New Shareholders

Ronald E. Tigner Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Houston Office As Member

February 19, 2008

Ronald E. Tigner Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Houston Office As Member

Publications

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Viability of Statutory Extracontractual Claims in Absence of Coverage [Global Insurance Alert]

April 11, 2017

Alicia G. Curran and Ron Tigner discuss the Texas Supreme Court's decision setting forth five “distinct but interrelated rules” that govern the relationship between contractual and extracontractual claims in the first party insurance context.

Mediation Statements in Federal Courts May or May Not be Privileged and Can Be Waived [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

March 13, 2017

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri declined to recognize a mediation privilege in In re Lake Lotawana Community Improvement District, 2016 WL 7984347 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. Sept. 19, 2016), despite the fact that it conceded that other circuits have done so. Lake Lotawana did not...

Alaska Creates Exception to General Rule that Injured Party Cannot Sue Insured’s Carrier [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

February 21, 2017

The Supreme Court of Alaska in Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 2017 WL 382648 (Alaska 2017) recently decided in a 3-2 decision that an insurer who voluntarily assumed the responsibility for cleaning up an oil spill on a third party’s property caused by its insured may become...

Yes Toto, In Kansas There Is Coverage for Cosmetic Property Damage [IN the Know]

October 03, 2016

Ron Tigner discusses a Kansas District Court ruling that an insurer was obligated to pay for replacement costs and not merely reduction in value, even in the absence of a “quantifiable” loss.

Missouri Federal Court Identifies Roadblocks For An Excess Carriers’ Claim For Attorney Fees Against Primary Carrier [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

September 08, 2016

The court’s decision in Axis Specialty Insurance Company v. New Hampshire Insurance Company highlights the scope of recovery available for an excess carrier seeking to recover against a primary carrier. Emboldened by the recent Missouri Supreme Court decision recognizing the right of an excess...

California Supreme Court Invites Suits against Defendants Doing Any Business in California [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

August 31, 2016

In a hotly contested 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County, 2016 WL 4506107 greatly expanded the concept of specific jurisdiction to allow a non-resident plaintiff to file suit in California courts against any...

POLICY LIMIT DEMANDS + QUIRKY LEGAL ISSUES = CALL LAWYER [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

August 15, 2016

The recent California decision Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Company, 2016 WL 3975279, (Calif. App. – July 25, 2016), previously reported in Cozen’s bad faith blog on July 28, 2016, is worth revisiting on a bigger picture issue.  Low policy limit demands are often more dangerous than high policy...

The Second Circuit Requires Insureds To Be Truthful With Its Insurers [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

June 20, 2016

In a twist on the old adage, “bad facts make bad law”, the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. Great American Insurance Company of New York, Civil Action No. 14-1346-cv, 2016 WL 2943139 (2d Cir., May 20, 2016), clearly demonstrates that bad facts withheld by...

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.

Attack on Citizens’ Bad Faith Immunity Receives a Chilly Reception at Florida Supreme Court [Global Insurance Alert]

October 27, 2014

In 2002, the Florida Legislature created Citizens Property Insurance Company Corporation (Citizens) to make affordable insurance available to Florida citizens who were not otherwise able to obtain property insurance. In adopting such a program, the Florida legislature exempted statutorily created Citizens from “bad faith” liability unless such actions were committed as a “willful tort.”

Fifth Circuit Rejects Insured’s Attempt to Use Lack of Prejudice When Notice Provision is Separately Negotiated [Global Insurance Alert]

July 10, 2013

The 5th Circuit rebuffed an insured’s attempt to circumvent policy language requiring notice within 30 days of a pollution occurrence in a bumbershoot (umbrella) policy in Starr Indemnity & Liability Company v. SGS Petroleum Service Corporation.

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 -

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

Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

Supreme Court Rules on Availability of Punitive Damages Under Federal Maritime Law [Maritime Alert!]

July 03, 2008

Supreme Court Rules on Availability of Punitive Damages Under Federal Maritime Law - Maritime Alert! - 3 pgs total. In June 2008, in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, the Supreme Court of the U.S. decided a number of federal maritime legal issues in a case of first impression. Even though this case has been a focus of media attention for years, a little background and review is necessary to understand what the Supreme Court decision says—and what issues it did not resolve. The decision provides clarity to marine insurers and may shape potential lower court rulings.

Education

  • University of Texas–Austin, J.D., 1970
  • University of Texas–Austin, M.B.A., 1969
  • University of Texas–Austin, B.B.A., 1966

Awards & Honors

American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Outstanding Service Award

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States