Erin R. McNiece
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1994)
Erin McNiece graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1984, determined to practice law in a small town on the Guadalupe River – Seguin, Texas. She joined Larry Lippe & Associates and learned how to handle whatever walked in the door – including family law matters, real estate transactions and disputes, debt collection, estate planning and probate and criminal defense. However, Erin wanted to specialize in litigation and in 1988, began commuting to San Antonio, Texas to practice insurance defense litigation.
Erin has defended clients in counties all over the State of Texas – ranging from minor “fender benders” to wrongful death auto/trucking cases, products liability lawsuits involving property damage, personal injury or death, premises liability cases involving slip and falls, drowning or rape/assault, breach of contract cases involving automotive repairs, construction defect litigation, including representation of Engineers and Architects, and environmental tort litigation. Ms. McNiece also has extensive experience in taking Examinations Under Oath of insureds to determine if a claim is genuine or fraudulent – including claims involving fire, theft, burglary, vandalism, property damage, and business interruption. She has taught and managed others in the taking of Examinations Under Oath, stressing at all times the need to treat the insured with dignity and respect – while insisting upon getting all information and documentation necessary to allow the insurance carrier to complete the investigation.
Despite over 25 years handling insurance defense litigation, Ms. McNiece’s practice representing clients with matters involving agreed or disputed family law matters, real estate transactions and/or suits to quiet title, and probate litigation continues to grow. Erin has tried to verdict cases involving breach of contract, Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations, divorce, defense of easement rights and will contests.
|1981||B.A., History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|1984||J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas|
COURTS OF PRACTICE
- All Texas State Courts
- US District Courts for the Western and Southern District of Texas
- United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
SEMINARS AND PUBLICATIONS
|Voire Dire||A Defendant’s Perspective, Patricia Alvarez and Erin McNiece Strimple, Texas Bar Association, 21st Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Dallas, Austin, and Houston, Texas|
|November 2006||What These Attorneys Wish You Did Immediately After a Loss, San Antonio Construction News|
- Williams v. AbilityOne Corp., 2005 WL 3295916 (Tex.App. – San Antonio, pet. denied)
- Potter v. Kaufman & Broad Home Systems of Texas, Inc., 137 S.W. 3d 701 (Tex.App. – San Antonio, 2004, no pet.)
- Campos v. State Farm General Insurance Company, 943 S.W. 2d 52 (Tex.App. – San Antonio, 1997, writ denied)
- Mann v. Ramirez, 905 S.W. 2d 275 (Tex.App. – San Antonio, 1995, writ denied)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
|Past/Present Affiliations:||San Antonio Bar Association, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, State Bar of Texas – San Antonio Chapter|
CIVIC MEMBERSHIPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Support Coordinator for the San Antonio Chapter of AFS – supporting high school foreign exchange students in the greater San Antonio area; Past President and Board Member of San Antonio Family Endeavors, formerly known as San Antonio Urban Ministries; Volunteer, Community Justice Program, San Antonio Bar Association
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Selected as one of Best Lawyers in San Antonio Scene in SA Magazine, 2012, in areas of Personal Injury Defense – Products Liability, and Insurance Defense: Commercial.
- AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell