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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Werner A. Powers

Werner A. Powers



  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Litigation/Trial Practice

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Werner Powers has more than 35 years of litigation experience. Werner founded the insurance coverage section of Haynes and Boone more than 22 years ago, and now he has expanded his trial practice to include a broad spectrum of complex litigation matters. Werner's practice extends to insurance coverage, insurance torts, securities, RICO, and large contract disputes.

Bar Admissions



  • J.D. The University of Texas, 1976, with honors; Order of the Coif
  • B.A. Southern Methodist University, 1973, with honors
Areas of Practice

Insurance Coverage Litigation | Litigation/Trial Practice

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Insurance counsel for Anadarko in resolution of class action securities case in S.D.N.Y. Trial counsel for litigation trust seeking more than $14 billion. Trial counsel for Adams Golf on director and officers insurance claims settled for $2.5 million more than policy limits. Trial counsel and argued before U.S. Supreme Court for Margaret Hill and Hunt Trusts in successful prosecution of coverage case involving more than $100 million in bonding obligations. Secured major policyholder decision for Southwestern Bell in the Texas Supreme Court, reversing both lower court decisions. Trial counsel for international power plant developer achieving verdict for more than $5 million and settlements in that and other cases for the client for more than $30 million. Trial counsel for division of National Oilwell Varco resulting in plaintiff verdict more than $6 million against insurance brokers. Trial counsel for the Canadian Olympic Association resulting in multi-million dollar settlement against insurance carrier. Trial counsel in more than $50 million in verdicts/judgments for RICO, fraud, securities fraud and insurance torts.

Trial counsel in multi-million dollar coverage litigation involving coverage related to:
Employment-related claims; Sexual abuse claims; Securities claims; Explosion and business interruption claims; Nursing home wrongful death claims; Environmental superfund clean-up and property damage claims; Toxic tort claims; Contingency policies; Claims against directors and officers

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