Mr. Poelma’s main areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, subrogation, and real estate. His civil trial docket has broadened his exposure to vastly different areas of the law including professional liability, product liability, construction, maritime/admiralty issues involving both property damage and personal injuries, complex issues involving oil and gas exploration and production both on land and offshore, as well as contractual interpretation and indemnity issues. His practice includes litigation in both federal and state courts.
As a direct result of working hand-in-hand with both domestic and foreign insurance carriers as well as domestic and international corporate clients, he has developed a detailed understanding of the differences in the various markets and business practices. This knowledge and experience has allowed him to establish excellent working relationships with his clients, adjusters and carriers with assorted backgrounds and goals and likewise tailoring his professional services to their respective unique needs.
Obviously, most cases settle well before or during trial. Mr. Poelma has helped his clients obtain hundreds of millions of dollars both in trial and through settlement, or helped defend against claims which could otherwise cripple a business from remaining a going concern. Mr. Poelma is licensed in state and federal courts throughout Texas, and has been admitted pro hac vice in state courts throughout the continental United States.