Christopher W. Martin

USA: Texas

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP
808 Travis
20th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Tel: +1 713.632.1701
Fax: +1 713.222.0101


Mr. Martin is Board Certified in Consumer Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is one of the most recognized insurance attorneys in Texas. He is the author of three legal Treatises on Texas Insurance Law, he is a frequent speaker at state and national insurance programs and conferences, and he served as the professor of Insurance Law at the University of Houston Law School for 10 years. He has tried numerous insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits in Texas and in other states and he has received multiple recognitions for his skills in trying insurance lawsuits.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® list in the field of Insurance Law in 2006-2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
  • Texas Top Insurance Litigation Attorney; Chambers USA (2005-2012)
  • Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as featured in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2004-2012)
  • Named one of the top five “Go To” Insurance Lawyers in Texas by The Texas Lawyer (October 2002, November 2012)
  • Named one of “The World’s Leading Insurance Lawyers” by Legal Media Group (2006)
  • Named one of the “Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 ” in September 2001 by the National Trial Lawyers Association
The insurance practice group of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom L.L.P. is one of the premiere insurance coverage and bad faith litigation firms in Texas. Our lawyers literally “wrote the book” on Texas insurance litigation. Repeatedly over the past decade, the lawyers with our firm helped shape important aspects of Texas insurance law.

We are trial lawyers known for our ability to win coverage and bad faith cases in Texas and other jurisdictions. From the claim stage to an appeal, we have the expertise the insurance industry repeatedly turns to for assistance. At the claims stage, we provide our clients with objective interpretations of a wide variety of insurance contracts. When disputes arise, we provide creative advice on the rights and obligations of the parties to an insurance contract. In litigation, we routinely prosecute and defend coverage lawsuits across Texas and in other jurisdictions as well.

When our clients are alleged to have committed bad faith, Insurance Code violations, deceptive trade practices, violations of the Stowers Doctrine, or other acts of negligence, our firm is regularly retained to defend those allegations and, if necessary, to win those cases at trial.

We also work with some clients in drafting policy language to avoid future litigation. We are frequently called upon to train adjusters to minimize future risks. We realize that helping our clients avoid claims and lawsuits is one of the greatest services we can provide. When litigation is inevitable and our clients want to maximize their chances of winning, they know our lawyers have an unparalleled track record of winning coverage and bad faith cases at the courthouse.

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom is a Texas litigation boutique with offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin. The firm was founded on January 1, 2000 and our lawyers have received repeated accolades, recognition and awards for our trial and appellate prowess and our substantive expertise. What sets our firm apart from every other law firm? Our lawyers. Most importantly, we try cases. We are trial lawyers, not “litigators.” Many law firms handle cases by over-working them, over-billing them, and then settling them. We do not. We love to try cases, and it shows. The courtrooms of Texas are as comfortable to us as our own offices.

Additionally, our lawyers are known across the state and across the country for our substantive expertise. We are frequently asked to speak at state and national seminars regarding winning trial techniques in the individual practice areas in which we work. Our lawyers are responsible for authoring four legal treatises regarding different aspects of Texas litigation and Texas law. Four of our attorneys have served as law school professors. Seven of our lawyers are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Chris Martin – Consumer Law, Jack Wisdom – Labor and Employment Law, Levon Hovnatanian – Appellate Law, Mark Dyer – Personal Injury Trial Law, Elizabeth Mata Kroger – Labor and Employment Law, Jim Cleary – Labor and Employment Law, David Quan – Labor and Employment Law). Across multiple legal disciplines, the lawyers of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom have repeatedly demonstrated their substantive expertise which we use daily for the benefit of our clients.

Most cases settle before trial. But, in order to be successful advocates for clients and achieve the best results in civil litigation, it is essential to have a reputation your adversaries respect. Judges, mediators, and the Texas legal community all know Martin, Disiere,Jefferson & Wisdom for our successful trial and appellate work. Our reputation is built on ability, experience and having the guts to successfully take cases through verdict and, if necessary, up on appeal. All “litigators” will claim to have trial experience, but our claims are backed by a long list of impressive trial and appellate results, and a long list of very satisfied clients.

Christopher Martin is lauded as one of the very best insurance litigators in Texas. An interviewee from a major client enthused that “he is an incredible trial attorney who is one of the most talented I have seen in many years of practice.” He is adept at both coverage and bad faith litigation in which he represents leading names in the global insurance industry.
Chambers USA, 2015