Laura Grabouski
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
Practice Locations
  • Austin, TX

A Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Austin office, Laura focuses her practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. She handles first- and third-party coverage disputes involving CGL, business auto, commercial and residential property, and ERISA policies. She advises clients on significant decisions by the Texas Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit involving any new legislation affecting the insurance industry. She also counsels clients on risk avoidance strategies and best practices.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Laura was a partner at Buchanan Grabouski, an Austin firm that focused its practice on insurance coverage counseling and litigation, as well as commercial and tort litigation. She also served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Bea Ann Smith, Third Court of Appeals of Texas, from 2001 to 2002.

Laura received the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2015, and she was named a Super Lawyers “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters from 2006 through 2010. She has authored numerous articles, and she has presented at the University of Texas CLE Insurance Law Institute and the Austin Bench Bar.

Laura earned her juris doctorate with honors from the University of Texas Law School in 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of Texas in 1998. She is licensed to practice in Texas and before all U.S. District Courts in the state, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Laura is a member of the Texas State Bar’s Litigation & Insurance Law sections, the Austin Bar Association, the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, and the CLM Management and Professional Liability Community, Technology Subcommittee. She has performed pro bono work for disaster victims, volunteered as a reading coach for elementary school students, and chaired the Austin Diocese Red Mass committee since 2016.

Articles and Publications

  • Author, “Hurricane Harvey by the Numbers,” April 2018, available at Tullylegal.com, Articles tab
  • Author, “Fifth Circuit Reverses Course on Deference Afforded to Plan Administrators in ERISA Benefit Disputes,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (online articles), March 30, 2018
  • Author, “ERISA Disability Regulations,” March 2018, available at Tullylegal.com, Articles tab
  • Author, “Are Policy Proceeds Actual Damages for Violations of the Insurance Code? The Texas Supreme Court in Menchaca Says: ‘Yes-If Claim is Covered,’” Journal of Texas Insurance Law (Vol.15 No. 2), June 2017
  • Presenter and Co-Author, “Appraisals: If, When and How – A Procedural and Practical Look from Both Sides,” 21st Annual UT CLE Insurance Law Institute, November 2016
  • Author, “Current Controversies over Personal and Advertising Injury Coverage,” American Bar Association Coverage Magazine (Vol. 24 No. 4), September 2014
  • Author, “Evidentiary Battles in Insurance Coverage Cases, From the Duty to Defend to Indemnify,” Texas Journal of Insurance Law (Vol. 2 No. 4), June 2012

Court & Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Courts, all districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Education

  • JD: University of Texas School of Law, 2001
  • BA: University of Texas, 1998

Accreditations/Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell (2015-2017)
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Thomson Reuters (2006-2010)

Memberships

  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Claims and Litigation Management (CLM)
  • A.M. Best Insurance Attorneys
  • CLM Management and Professional Liability Community, Technology Subcommittee

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