Firm Founder Meloney Perry Discusses Insurance Options When Your Car is Damaged at Auto Repair Shop

When you leave your car at an auto shop parking lot and it’s damaged, who pays for the repairs and what are your insurance options?  Firm founder Meloney Perry recently spoke to KXAS NBC 5 Dallas about the steps consumers can take when they leave their car at an auto repair shop parking lot and it’s damaged. “Make sure you have good coverage so you don’t have to...

Texas Super Lawyers 2021 Legal Guide Honors Dallas Insurance Coverage Attorney Meloney Perry

Perry recognized for excellence in insurance coverage disputes  DALLAS – Texas Super Lawyers has recognized Dallas insurance defense attorney and founder of Perry Law P.C. Meloney Perry for her work in insurance coverage litigation in its 2021 listing of top-rated attorneys.  The annual listing is compiled from a statewide survey of lawyers, followed by a blue-ribbon panel review of the state’s leading attorneys. An extensive editorial review narrows the list to the final...

Best Lawyers 2022 Honors Dallas Insurance Attorney Meloney Perry

Ms. Perry recognized consecutively for insurance law, insurance litigation  DALLAS – The Best Lawyers in America has recognized Perry Law P.C. founder Meloney Perry in the 2022 edition for her work in insurance law and insurance litigation. Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most prominent peer-review legal guides in the country that honors leading attorneys in their practice areas.  “We are a firm that builds relationships and works to find the right solutions for our clients,” said...

How a Declaratory Judgment Action Impacts UM/UIM Cases in Texas

In a recent Texas Supreme Court decision involving the case Allstate v. Irwin, the court ruled that attorney’s fees are recoverable in UM/UIM (uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist) cases if the plaintiff files a declaratory judgment action. The issue stems from an April 6, 2016, car accident involving Daniel Irwin. Irwin sued Allstate, his insurance carrier, after...

Meloney Perry Discusses Forming Woman-Owned Law Firm Perry Law P.C. in Texas Lawbook

The importance of owning a law firm was always a goal for Perry Law P.C. founder Meloney Perry. For more than 8 years, Perry Law has successfully represented companies in insurance coverage and business litigation disputes. In a recent Texas Lawbook article, Meloney Perry discusses her journey of opening Perry Law P.C. in an article about woman-owned law firms.   Meloney Perry: Learning the Business “You had the movers and...

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Lower-Court Ruling on Discovery of Evidence in UIM Case

In another UIM case that involved a discovery dispute, the Texas Supreme Court denied State Farm Insurance Company’s petition for writ of mandamus to stop discovery of evidence on extracontractual claims, upholding a Fort Worth Court of Appeals and district court ruling on the matter. The case involves Paula C. Mentzer and her lawsuit against...

Texas Supreme Court Allows Deposition of Insurer Carrier’s Corporate Representative on Limited Basis

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in a UM/UIM insurance case that a deposition of an insurance carrier’s corporate representative is allowed but limited to issues related to the case. The opinion was drafted by Justice Debra Lehrmann, who acknowledged that individuals are allowed to solicit testimony from corporate representatives regarding damages; however, insurance carriers...

Texas Supreme Court Provides Road Map for Insurance Carriers on Electronic Signatures

The Texas Supreme Court recently entered an opinion on the use of electronic signatures in a case against a staffing company and its computerized hiring application process. According to the Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, “an electronic record or electronic signature is attributable to a person showing ... the efficacy of any security procedure...

Supreme Court of Texas Clarifies Counter Affidavit Standards in Medical Cost Disputes

The Supreme Court of Texas recently defined standards for counter affidavits in a case involving a nurse disputing the plaintiff’s medical charges in a Chapter 18 affidavit. The court determined a counter affidavit requires no more than sufficient information to allow a prepared response from the plaintiff in a case. The court also established that...

Texas Supreme Court Issues Opinion in UM/UIM Case

On March 19, 2021, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion in a consolidated case addressing whether insured’s could sue their insurance companies for Insurance Code violations without establishing the negligence of the uninsured/underinsured driver, as well as the damages resulting from that negligence. In re State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Joseph...

Celebrating Women, Remaining True to Our Identity  

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we reflect on the trailblazers who opened doors for us in any and every industry. We all have challenges and success stories to share. As a female insurance coverage attorney and the founder of Perry Law P.C., one of my challenges comes from marketing my...

The New Normal: Adjusting to COVID in the Legal Profession

People across the country and the world are commemorating the first anniversary since widespread lockdowns began thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So much has changed in just one year. Most of us have made the necessary changes in our personal and professional lives to keep ourselves and others safe. The legal industry is no...

Meloney Perry Discusses Insurance Coverage in Light of Winter Weather

Texans faced power outages, property damage to their homes and damage to their vehicles from accidents as historic cold weather swept through the state last week. Many are working with their insurance companies to assess and fix the damage. Dallas insurance coverage attorney Meloney Perry of Perry Law P.C. advises that knowing your insurance coverage helps to understand what claims...

Contested Testimony Upheld in Recent Wins for Perry Law

Perry Law, P.C. recently achieved wins in two separate cases. In each, plaintiffs filed motions to have physician testimony struck after affidavits were filed controverting medical treatment they had received. In each instance, the defendants were represented by Perry Law, P.C. founder Meloney Perry and attorney Stacy Thompson. In Sydney...

Perry Law P.C. Earns Consecutive Honors in Best Law Firms Listing

Dallas-based firm honored for insurance law, insurance litigation DALLAS – Dallas-based Perry Law P.C. has earned recognition in the annual Best Law Firms guide for a second year in a row. The 2021 listing is published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. This year, Perry Law is recognized as a leading law firm...

Dallas Attorney Meloney Perry Named Top-Rated in Texas for Insurance Coverage 

Perry earns selection to 2020 Texas Super Lawyers listing    DALLAS – For the second year in a row, Dallas insurance defense attorney Meloney Perry of Perry Law has earned selection to the Texas Super Lawyers listing for her expertise in insurance coverage.  “Our mission is to develop relationships with our clients and peers to create a solution for the businesses we serve,” said Ms. Perry. “We collaborate...

Meloney Perry Comments on Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination

With the recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Republicans are pressing forward with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill her seat on the Supreme Court. Attorney Meloney Perry recently weighed in on Barrett's nomination and its wider implications in a male-dominated field. Regardless of political affiliation, the nomination of Ms. Barrett...

Tarrant County District Judge Allows Physicians’ Contested Testimony in Insurance Lawsuit

A Tarrant County district judge has allowed the testimony of two physicians contesting a plaintiff’s medical injuries in a car accident to stand in court. In two separate orders, the Honorable Judge Don Cosby denied the requests to remove the counter affidavits that provides notice of contested testimony at trial.  The case is in the Tarrant County...

Perry Law Firm Wins Order Dismissing Lawsuit Against Insurance Adjuster

A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) insurance adjuster over a dispute for underinsured motorist insurance benefits from a policyholder injured in a 2018 car accident. The judge also scolded the plaintiff for failing to file the proper records in a timely manner and creating confusion.  Perry Law...

Meloney Perry Writes On Notarizing Documents and Taking Depositions for Texas Lawyer

While states are beginning to reopen, the continued spread of COVID-19 has kept many at home. For attorneys, this has meant a willingness to adjust some of the legal profession’s most basic processes. Two areas which have raised many questions are obtaining deposition testimony, as well as processing and notarizing documents. Perry Law founder...

Perry Law P.C. Successful in Reversing Part of Trial Court’s Ruling in GEICO Lawsuit

Perry Law P.C. attorneys Meloney Perry and Stacy Thompson convinced the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas to reverse part of a trial court’s February ruling allowing for discovery in a GEICO insurance lawsuit over an auto accident.  In 2017, Adam James Ray rear-ended Walter Payne on the LBJ Freeway in Dallas causing injuries....

Meloney Perry Speaks to CLM Magazine on Working During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses all over the country to change the way they operate. CLM Magazine recently spoke to Perry Law founder Meloney Perry and several others working in claims and litigation management about the ways in which they have adapted and stayed connected to their clients and each other. For Meloney, videoconferencing...

Meloney Perry Speaks with Texas Lawyer on Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

With COVID-19 disrupting businesses, industries and organizations all over the country, leaders are stepping up and doing their part to help those around them. In a newly published commentary for Texas Lawyer, Perry Law founder Meloney Perry discusses the strategies she’s employed both inside and outside the (virtual) office to communicate with her team,...

Perry Law P.C., Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

We are days into the shelter-in-place order issued in Dallas County in response to COVID-19.  Perry Law P.C. is closely monitoring the situation and is following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local health officials. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work...

Meloney Perry Speaks at Texas Association of Licensed Investigators Conference

Meloney Perry was recently invited to speak at the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators’ Midwinter Conference. TALI promotes high professional and ethical standards in the state’s private investigator community. The conference took place on Friday, January 31. Meloney’s presentation, titled, “Looking for Magnum PI,” spoke to the qualities insurance attorneys need in the investigators they...

How House Bill 1693 May Affect Your Litigation

by Stacy Thompson The Texas legislature recently passed (and governor Abbot signed) House Bill number 1693, which amended §18.001 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code — the portion of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code that governs affidavits and counter-affidavits regarding the reasonableness and necessity of medical services.  The amendments provide critical clarity to...

Changes in the Hospital Lien Statute

by Stacy Thompson When an individual is involved in a motor vehicle accident and is treated at a local emergency room for their injuries, there is a good chance that the hospital will file a lien against their recovery.  From an insurance company’s perspective whether a hospital has filed or may file a lien is...

Assessing a UM/UIM Case, pt. 3: Is the vehicle uninsured/underinsured?

In this article, we will be discussing the various ways in which insurance companies define uninsured (“UM”) and underinsured (“UIM”) motor vehicles. On their surface, these terms are defined exactly as you would expect them to be: land motor vehicles that are a) not covered by a liability insurance policy or b) are covered by...

Meloney Perry Speaks to Beaumont Enterprise on Imelda

South Texas is still reeling from the effects of Tropical Depression Imelda. With scores of homes damaged from torrential rains and floodwaters, local residents are asking why a state of emergency hasn’t been declared. Others are worried that, as flooding becomes a regular occurrence, insurance policies will become more expensive. In an interview with...

Assessing a UM/UIM Claim, pt. 2: Understanding Your Offsets

In our first article, we discussed the importance of reviewing an insurance policy following an accident, assessing liability, determining the damages caused, researching the ownership of the uninsured/underinsured vehicle, as well as any implications arising from the statute of limitations. All of these are key to ensuring your client is taken care in an...

Insurance Coverage Lawyer Meloney Perry Ranked Among Best in Texas for 2019

Founder of Perry Law P.C. makes Texas Super Lawyers list DALLAS – Dallas attorney Meloney Perry of Perry Law P.C. has been selected to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers listing for her work in insurance coverage. The Texas Super Lawyers list was compiled following a statewide survey of lawyers, vetting by a blue-ribbon panel of the...

Perry Law P.C. Founder Meloney Perry Honored in Best Lawyers in America 2020

Perry recognized for her insurance law and litigation expertise    DALLAS – Insurance coverage and litigation attorney Meloney Perry has earned a place in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in insurance law and insurance litigation.   The nation’s oldest peer-review guide has recognized the Dallas attorney and founder of Perry...

Assessing a UM/UIM Case, pt. 1: Just the Facts

Continuing the discussion we began here on some of the basics surrounding UM/UIM coverage, let us take a deeper look at some of the steps to take, questions to ask, and issues to consider while handling a UM/UIM claim. 1. Review the policy. This is the first step, the reasons for which should be fairly...

Texas Supreme Court Closes ‘Trapdoor’ Pretrial Ploy that Exposed Defendants to Sanctions

INSURANCE JOURNAL - By Meloney Perry | July 15, 2019 - Insurance companies should take note of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Texas that closes a “trapdoor” pretrial discovery gambit by plaintiffs’ lawyers that exposed defendants to sanctions for denying negligence in pretrial requests for admissions and then later conceding negligence at...

Technology’s Impact on the Insurance Industry

Name an industry, any industry, and almost immediately you will be able to list the ways technology has impacted it. The insurance industry is no different. Technology is a game-changer, so let’s take a look at some of the effects it has had – and will have – in this area. The Claims Process The systems...

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Policy Appraisal Suits

On June 30, 2019, The Texas Supreme Court issued opinions in Barbara Technologies v. State Farm Lloyds and Ortiz v. State Farm Lloyds. The Court provided clarification of the interplay between insurance policy appraisal clauses and lawsuits involving breach of contract, bad faith, and Texas Insurance Code violations, including the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims...

Meet Kaylee Caffey

We recently brought on a wonderful intern, Kaylee Caffey. Check out this short video to meet our newest team member! 

Understanding the Stowers Demand Doctrine

As Featured In In our last article, we briefly discussed some of the key ingredients of a successful Stowers demand. Those are: There must be coverage; The demand cannot exceed policy limits; The defendant’s liability must be reasonably clear; The offer must be reasonable; and The demand must be unconditional and offer the defendant a...

Meloney Perry Interviewed by CBS 11 on Flooded Cars at Dallas Love Field Airport

Travelers who left their vehicles in Dallas Love Field Airport’s parking garage returned to flooded cars after heavy rains spread throughout the metroplex. Around 30 cars were reported to have been submerged by the flooding. The firm’s Meloney Perry spoke with KTVT CBS Dallas about what car owners can expect with insurance, “Make all...

Meloney Perry Quoted in CO— on Business Vehicle Insurance

When it comes to owning a business that requires transportation, you may want to consider business vehicle insurance to protect you and your company from accidents. Meloney Perry recently explained in an article by CO—, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce digital publication, the importance of such a policy for your company. "It’s very important...

UM/UIM Coverage: What Is It All About?

Uninsured Motorist coverage gives us a lot to talk about, so we would like to start at the very beginning, so that you understand exactly what it is and how some of the issues surrounding it affect you, your insureds, and your business. The VERY Beginning The first thing to know is that UM and UIM...

Court sides with Perry Law Attorneys on Contingency Fee Battle

A Texas judge granted a motion for summary judgment in a case involving an insurance dispute over a hospital lien. Attorneys at Loncar Associates filed a lawsuit against GEICO and others for negotiating and paying a hospital lien for its insured. Loncar’s client, Herman Wright, was in a car accident on August 2, 2017 in...

What Is a Stowers Demand?

Next year will see the 100th anniversary of the accident that led to the Stowers doctrine and was litigated in G.A. Stowers Furniture Co. v. American Indem. Co., 15 S.W.2d 544 (Tex. Comm'n App. 1929, holding approved). Why was this case important, and what impact has it had on insurance law and the way...

Texas Supreme Court Ruling on Attorney-Client Privilege Can Benefit Insurers

The Supreme Court of Texas recently ruled in favor of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) regarding attorney-client privilege in a decision that can benefit insurance companies involved in litigation. The justices determined that attorney-client privilege extended to communications between a TWIA employee and counsel when the employee was serving as an expert witness for...

You Got Served: What to Do If You Get Served with a Subpoena

Being served with a subpoena can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if it has never happened to you. The first thing to remember is not to panic. Although both are possibilities, being served with a subpoena does not mean you are being sued, or even that you are party to a dispute. What the...

Perry Law Secures No-Evidence Summary Judgment in Bad Faith Insurance Case

A Texas judge granted a no evidence summary judgment in a breach of contract lawsuit against Perry Law client GEICO. Judge John Roach Jr. in the 296th Judicial District Court of Collin County, Texas granted the order and dismissed the case after Perry Law attorneys Meloney Perry and Stacy Thompson submitted the motion. The lawsuit stemmed...

Perry Law Commentary: Midterm Election Results are a Historic Win for Women

The midterm elections have created a shift in politics and a change on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, with more women taking a seat in Washington. 2018 has been a record year for the number of women candidates for offices of governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. This trend continued in...

How to Prepare for a Storm

5 Insurance Tips for When a Storm Hits When a storm is headed in your direction, it’s critical to prepare for an emergency by making sure you have medical supplies and enough food and water to sustain your family. The aftermath of a storm can be devastating. You should be equally prepared on the insurance...

Perry Law P.C. Welcomes Samantha Doherty

Perry Law P.C. is excited to announce Samantha Doherty has joined the team as the new office assistant. She is responsible for a variety of duties at the law firm, including assisting Meloney Perry and the rest of the staff with the daily needs of our clients and the office. (more…)

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

I’m excited to share our submission to the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. The contest awards small businesses across the country with grants, as well as FedEx Office print and business services. (more…)

Come Network with the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas!

As part of our February networking event, The Young Lawyers Committee of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is coordinating a happy hour and networking event. This is a great opportunity for meet fellow attorneys who work in the insurance industry and ask questions. The happy hour will take place at...

Join us at the 2018 South Texas Insurance Law Seminar

I’m excited to announce the next event with the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar of Texas’ Insurance Law Section in cooperation with The Texas Institute of Continuing Legal Education presents the 2018 South Texas Insurance Law Seminar “Insurance Law for Trial Lawyers & General Practitioners.” The program takes...

Happy Hour and Networking Event, Hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee

The Young Lawyers Committee of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas will be hosting a special happy hour and networking event for young lawyers on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 5:45 in the afternoon. The event will take place at Lark on the Park, which you can find on the embedded...

Meloney Perry Discusses Homeowners, Auto Policies in Texas Bar CLE Webcast

Meloney Perry recently shared her legal insurance expertise by participating in a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) joint presentation focusing on recurring homeowners and auto policies coverage issues. The CLE webcast presented by the State Bar of Texas provided insights on potential problems for insurance carriers and the policyholders along with recent legislative changes and...

Meloney Perry Wins Breach of Contract Appellate Case for GEICO

Meloney Perry secured an appellate win in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals involving a breach of contract case against GEICO. David Tucker (insured) of Colorado filed the case against GEICO after his claim for underinsured motorist benefits (UIM) was denied due to an acting agent rejecting UIM coverage on his behalf. Tucker argued...

Meloney Perry Named Chair of State Bar of Texas’ Insurance Law Section

Prominent insurance defense attorney and founder of women-owned Perry Law takes on new role  DALLAS – Meloney Perry, founder of the Dallas-based insurance defense law firm Perry Law P.C., has been elected as the 2017-18 chair of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. “I am honored to be elected by my peers...

Welcome to the New Perry Law Website

You may have noticed our new look and improved website features. We know that legal issues within the insurance industry can be complex and at times even confusing, so we designed our website to be streamlined, easy to navigate and straightforward—the same attributes we adhere to in our law practice. Our look may be different,...

Attorney Shannon Spizman Joins Perry Law, P.C.

Perry Law, P.C. is excited to announce the addition of Shannon Spizman to the firm. “Perry Law takes pride in the ability to collaborate and bring the right solutions to our clients,” says founder Meloney Perry. “Shannon fits right in place and has a strong will to fight for her clients. She is a great...

Stacy Thompson Secures Defense Verdict on Behalf of GEICO Indemnity

Attorney Stacy Thompson secured a unanimous defense verdict after a Denton County man sued GEICO Indemnity for breach of contract when the insurance company denied his claim. The man filed an uninsured motorist claim for his injuries when he says an SUV hit him while backing up in a parking lot, causing him to...

Meloney Perry Featured in DCEO Women Leaders in Law

"When it comes to partners in law firms, especially large firms, women are the minority. This happens because of the demands on women to be the mother, the attorney, the PTA president and so on." Click here to read the story from DCEO.