About | Espey & Associates. Insurance defense, commercial litigation




About Us

Espey & Associates, PC, specializes in insurance defense and commercial litigation. Our attorneys have substantial experience and expertise in complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
We handle diverse issues for a variety of individuals and corporations involved in lawsuits such as:

Allegations of negligence
Breach of warranty
Product liability
Wrongful death
Sexual discrimination
Intentional torts

Our firm’s tort defense practice represents insurance carriers in first-party claims and lawsuits. This includes the defense claims of bad faith, breach of contract and for workers' compensation benefits.

Espey & Associates, PC, also provides formal opinions on insurance coverage issues related to tort defense claims. We successfully defend such claims throughout central and south Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.


Our Team

Richard W. Espey – Practicing law since 1990.

R. Matt Lair – Practicing law since 1986.

Jonathan N. Darnell - Practicing law since 1997.

Together, our partners have tried more than 150 first-chair jury verdict trials. These can be divided into two types of cases:

In cases where liability is in question, we have a success rate in excess of 95% of obtaining a defense verdict.

In cases where liability is not in question and we are trying to minimize damages, we have had tremendous success. For example, in a trial involving alleged fraudulent business practices and construction/remediation defects where liability was not at issue, the plaintiff originally requested nearly $2 million in damages and attorneys' fees. After a seven-day trial, the jury awarded $6,300 in damages and $32,000 in attorney fees.