Marjorie M. Salazar

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Marjorie M. Salazar

From our Houston office, Marjorie focuses on third-party liability insurance coverage; property insurance and bad faith litigation; and commercial litigation.

Marjorie has served as counsel in a wide range of commercial litigation cases. She has handled property insurance cases from hurricane, hailstorm, fire, collapse, theft, vandalism, and other causes. Marjorie currently focuses her practice on commercial and residential property insurance litigation, including breach of contract and bad faith claims, and coverage opinions and litigation relating to third-party liability. She has also handled numerous civil appeals to state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. She is admitted to practice law in those three states, as well as their federal courts, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Before attending law school, Marjorie was in the tenth class of women to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, obtaining a Bachelor of Science with a field of study in German. She served in the Army from 1990 to 1994 as a military police officer in the 95th MP Battalion in Germany. Marjorie graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1999, where she was an articles editor on the Law Review. While attending law school, she also clerked for the Honorable Jerry M. Barr of the Hamilton Superior Court No. 2, in Hamilton County, Indiana.

Marjorie began her legal career in New Orleans, focusing on commercial litigation, first-party catastrophe insurance cases, third-party toxic tort cases, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, and nursing home litigation. After relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida, she focused on defending insurers in first-party commercial property hurricane cases, as well as fraud cases in the wake of the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. She first-chaired an intentional burning and fraud case in Florida state court that resulted in a verdict for the insurer, and she has also second-chaired numerous first-party catastrophe claims in both state and federal courts.

RECOGNITION

  • Authored “Appraisal: The Insurer’s Perspective,” in Property Insurance Litigator’s Handbook, 2d Edition, 2013 American Bar Association, Tort and Trial Insurance Practice Section
  • 2011 Conference Chair for the Windstorm Insurance Network
  • Active in Rescued Pets Movement

EDUCATION

  • United States Military Academy, B.S., 1990
  • Indiana School of Law (Indianapolis), J.D., summa cum laude, 1999

ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • Florida

AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • State Bar of Florida
  • Windstorm Insurance Network, 2011 Conference Chairperson