Avniel J. Adler
Associate | Houston
713.343.6505 | aadler@walkerwilcox.com
Legal Assistant | Tina Roosth
Overview

Avniel Adler has successfully represented clients at trial and on appeal for the past ten years. Avniel attended law school in New York, where he was first admitted to practice law, before relocating to his home state of Texas, where he was admitted to practice shortly thereafter.

Avniel began his career at a plaintiff’s litigation boutique specializing in complex fiduciary litigation between owners of privately held business entities. There, Avniel learned how to build a case for trial and how to assess the settlement value of a case, recovering millions of dollars for his clients in the process. Avniel then joined a prominent national law firm where he defended governmental entities, financial services companies, and employers from general liability claims, federal consumer-protection claims, and employment-based claims.

For the past several years, Avniel has dedicated his practice to counseling and defending insurers in litigation. He has defended insurers from first party claims under a variety of insurance forms, including commercial general liability, directors & officers, trucking, cargo, property, homeowners and excess insurance policies. Avniel has investigated and prepared coverage opinions, taken examinations under oath, and successfully obtained the dismissal of dozens of litigated claims.

Avniel has considerable expertise with insurance appraisal issues and he frequently counsels and represents insurers on a wide variety of matters pertaining to the insurance appraisal process. A small sample of Avniel’s recent representative experience is summarized below.

EXPERIENCE

  • In a product liability case, obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims and claims of fraud, unjust enrichment, defective design and marketing defects. See Zakaria v. STL Int'l, Inc., No. 4:20-CV-01722, 2020 WL 4368096 (S.D. Tex. July 30, 2020).
  • In a first party property case, obtained summary judgment for carrier on all of insured’s claims arising from below-deductible adjustment of damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, after successfully moving to exclude all proffered testimony of insured’s expert. See Guzman v. State Farm Lloyds, 456 F. Supp. 3d 846 (S.D. Tex. 2020).
  • In an insurance appraisal case, obtained sanction against attorney for frivolous litigation and forum shopping, and handled subsequent appeal affirming sanction award and appointment of appraisal umpire after non-suit of insured’s claims. See Etienne v. State Farm Lloyds, No. 14-18-00665-CV, 2019 WL 4266104 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] September 10, 2019, pet. denied).
  • In an insurance appraisal case, obtained summary judgment for carrier on all of insured’s claims, notwithstanding appraisal award setting the amount of loss at over 100x the amount of carrier’s initial claim adjustment. See Chieu Dac Nguyen v. State Farm Lloyds, Cause No. 17-CCV-059221, In the County Civil Court at Law Number 2, Fort Bend County, Texas.
  • In a first party property case, obtained take-nothing jury verdict for carrier based on no evidence of storm-created opening to apartment complex, notwithstanding stipulation that amount of loss to insured’s personal property items exceeded the insurance policy limits. See Alfredo Alegria, et al v. State Farm Lloyds, in the Justice Court, Harris County, Texas, Precinct 3, Place 1, Case Number 183100085302.
  • In a governmental immunity case, obtained reversal of trial court order denying plea to the jurisdiction for City Building Official. See Jack Fryday d/b/a Fryday Consulting Services, Inc. v. Linda Michaelski, 541 S.W.3d 345 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, pet. denied).
Admissions
  • New York
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Texas
Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
  • Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Bachelor of Talmudic Law
Affiliations
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
Avniel J. Adler
Associate | Houston
713.343.6505 | aadler@walkerwilcox.com
Legal Assistant | Tina Roosth
Overview

Avniel Adler has successfully represented clients at trial and on appeal for the past ten years. Avniel attended law school in New York, where he was first admitted to practice law, before relocating to his home state of Texas, where he was admitted to practice shortly thereafter.

Avniel began his career at a plaintiff’s litigation boutique specializing in complex fiduciary litigation between owners of privately held business entities. There, Avniel learned how to build a case for trial and how to assess the settlement value of a case, recovering millions of dollars for his clients in the process. Avniel then joined a prominent national law firm where he defended governmental entities, financial services companies, and employers from general liability claims, federal consumer-protection claims, and employment-based claims.

For the past several years, Avniel has dedicated his practice to counseling and defending insurers in litigation. He has defended insurers from first party claims under a variety of insurance forms, including commercial general liability, directors & officers, trucking, cargo, property, homeowners and excess insurance policies. Avniel has investigated and prepared coverage opinions, taken examinations under oath, and successfully obtained the dismissal of dozens of litigated claims.

Avniel has considerable expertise with insurance appraisal issues and he frequently counsels and represents insurers on a wide variety of matters pertaining to the insurance appraisal process. A small sample of Avniel’s recent representative experience is summarized below.

EXPERIENCE

  • In a product liability case, obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims and claims of fraud, unjust enrichment, defective design and marketing defects. See Zakaria v. STL Int'l, Inc., No. 4:20-CV-01722, 2020 WL 4368096 (S.D. Tex. July 30, 2020).
  • In a first party property case, obtained summary judgment for carrier on all of insured’s claims arising from below-deductible adjustment of damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, after successfully moving to exclude all proffered testimony of insured’s expert. See Guzman v. State Farm Lloyds, 456 F. Supp. 3d 846 (S.D. Tex. 2020).
  • In an insurance appraisal case, obtained sanction against attorney for frivolous litigation and forum shopping, and handled subsequent appeal affirming sanction award and appointment of appraisal umpire after non-suit of insured’s claims. See Etienne v. State Farm Lloyds, No. 14-18-00665-CV, 2019 WL 4266104 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] September 10, 2019, pet. denied).
  • In an insurance appraisal case, obtained summary judgment for carrier on all of insured’s claims, notwithstanding appraisal award setting the amount of loss at over 100x the amount of carrier’s initial claim adjustment. See Chieu Dac Nguyen v. State Farm Lloyds, Cause No. 17-CCV-059221, In the County Civil Court at Law Number 2, Fort Bend County, Texas.
  • In a first party property case, obtained take-nothing jury verdict for carrier based on no evidence of storm-created opening to apartment complex, notwithstanding stipulation that amount of loss to insured’s personal property items exceeded the insurance policy limits. See Alfredo Alegria, et al v. State Farm Lloyds, in the Justice Court, Harris County, Texas, Precinct 3, Place 1, Case Number 183100085302.
  • In a governmental immunity case, obtained reversal of trial court order denying plea to the jurisdiction for City Building Official. See Jack Fryday d/b/a Fryday Consulting Services, Inc. v. Linda Michaelski, 541 S.W.3d 345 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, pet. denied).
Admissions
  • New York
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Texas
Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
  • Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Bachelor of Talmudic Law
Affiliations
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Focus Areas
  • Overview

    Avniel Adler has successfully represented clients at trial and on appeal for the past ten years. Avniel attended law school in New York, where he was first admitted to practice law, before relocating to his home state of Texas, where he was admitted to practice shortly thereafter.

    Avniel began his career at a plaintiff’s litigation boutique specializing in complex fiduciary litigation between owners of privately held business entities. There, Avniel learned how to build a case for trial and how to assess the settlement value of a case, recovering millions of dollars for his clients in the process. Avniel then joined a prominent national law firm where he defended governmental entities, financial services companies, and employers from general liability claims, federal consumer-protection claims, and employment-based claims.

    For the past several years, Avniel has dedicated his practice to counseling and defending insurers in litigation. He has defended insurers from first party claims under a variety of insurance forms, including commercial general liability, directors & officers, trucking, cargo, property, homeowners and excess insurance policies. Avniel has investigated and prepared coverage opinions, taken examinations under oath, and successfully obtained the dismissal of dozens of litigated claims.

    Avniel has considerable expertise with insurance appraisal issues and he frequently counsels and represents insurers on a wide variety of matters pertaining to the insurance appraisal process. A small sample of Avniel’s recent representative experience is summarized below.

    EXPERIENCE

    • In a product liability case, obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims and claims of fraud, unjust enrichment, defective design and marketing defects. See Zakaria v. STL Int'l, Inc., No. 4:20-CV-01722, 2020 WL 4368096 (S.D. Tex. July 30, 2020).
    • In a first party property case, obtained summary judgment for carrier on all of insured’s claims arising from below-deductible adjustment of damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, after successfully moving to exclude all proffered testimony of insured’s expert. See Guzman v. State Farm Lloyds, 456 F. Supp. 3d 846 (S.D. Tex. 2020).
    • In an insurance appraisal case, obtained sanction against attorney for frivolous litigation and forum shopping, and handled subsequent appeal affirming sanction award and appointment of appraisal umpire after non-suit of insured’s claims. See Etienne v. State Farm Lloyds, No. 14-18-00665-CV, 2019 WL 4266104 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] September 10, 2019, pet. denied).
    • In an insurance appraisal case, obtained summary judgment for carrier on all of insured’s claims, notwithstanding appraisal award setting the amount of loss at over 100x the amount of carrier’s initial claim adjustment. See Chieu Dac Nguyen v. State Farm Lloyds, Cause No. 17-CCV-059221, In the County Civil Court at Law Number 2, Fort Bend County, Texas.
    • In a first party property case, obtained take-nothing jury verdict for carrier based on no evidence of storm-created opening to apartment complex, notwithstanding stipulation that amount of loss to insured’s personal property items exceeded the insurance policy limits. See Alfredo Alegria, et al v. State Farm Lloyds, in the Justice Court, Harris County, Texas, Precinct 3, Place 1, Case Number 183100085302.
    • In a governmental immunity case, obtained reversal of trial court order denying plea to the jurisdiction for City Building Official. See Jack Fryday d/b/a Fryday Consulting Services, Inc. v. Linda Michaelski, 541 S.W.3d 345 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, pet. denied).
  • Credentials
    Admissions
    • New York
    • Texas
    • U.S. District Court, E.D. Texas
    • U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas
    • U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas
    • U.S. District Court, W.D. Texas
    Education
    • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
    • Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Bachelor of Talmudic Law
  • Affiliations
    • Houston Volunteer Lawyers
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Anti-Defamation League
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