Portrait of David Brown, attorney

David’s principal area of practice is insurance law. His practice includes insurance procurement and claim counseling, litigation and appeals. He represents business and non-profit policyholders, including energy and transportation companies, and health-care providers, in insurance litigation and arbitration matters under first-party and liability policies. David’s practice includes matters in which the firm is asked to consult and advise on insurance, indemnity, and casualty loss-allocation issues. David also serves as litigation counsel to the Port of Houston Authority.


Represented policyholders in claims arising from Hurricanes Ike, Katrina and Rita and Tropical Storm Allison, including claims by E&P companies, Texas Medical Center institutions, and other Houston-area businesses, for property damage and business interruption losses.

Represented publicly traded and closely held corporations, and individual directors, in claims and litigation under Directors & Officers liability policies involving coverage, recovery of defense expense, and loss-allocation issues, as well as advising on D&O policy procurement and the pros and cons of various D&O policy forms.

Represented E&P, downstream and midstream energy companies in liability claims arising from fires and explosions on offshore platforms and at landside refineries and facilities.

Counseled a manufacturer on coverage under GL policies for liability arising from defective products installed in a manufacturing facility.

Represented policyholders seeking to recover environmental losses, including defense and cleanup expense, under environmental policies, as well as legacy general liability policies.

Represented policyholders under claims-made policies covering errors and omissions of professionals and of fiduciaries under ERISA.

Advises governmental entities, including cities, school districts, and other units of local government, in a variety of first-party and liability insurance matters, including property losses, insurance procurement, and public officials’ insurance.


Brown & Kornegay, LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Hon. James L. Noel, U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1975–1977


University of Texas at Austin 1975, J.D., with honors. Note & Comment Editor, Texas Law Review

Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, 1972, B.S.


The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law, 2006–2015,
in Insurance & Personal Injury Litigation 2007–2015

“Texas Super Lawyers” in Insurance Law, Thomson Reuters, 2004–2015

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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Insurance Law 2015

Adviser, Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance, American Law Institute (2010–2015).