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Mike Fowler Pipkin

Mike Fowler Pipkin

Practice areas:

Litigation, Construction & Development, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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About Me

Mike Pipkin heads the Texas Construction Practices Group for Sedgwick, leading a team that provides all aspects of counseling and litigation to contractors, subcontractors, sureties, private owners, developers, and design professionals, on projects including high-rise office buildings and condominiums, heavy and light commercial, industrial, road and bridge, and residential construction.  In addition to over twenty years of litigation and arbitration experience involving a variety of construction projects, Mr. Pipkin has assisted clients in the preparation of traditional lump-sum and guaranteed maximum price contracts, construction management contracts, and agreements with contractors and architects, in addition to claims investigation and administration, resolution of lien disputes, and the pursuit and defense of construction claims of all types.  Mr. Pipkin also represents clients in routine and complex business litigation, including fidelity, employee dishonesty, probate, commercial surety, contractor’s license bonds, lawyers, and directors’ and officers’ claims.

Mr. Pipkin was named a 2004 Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazine, and is acknowledged with an “AV” rating by Martindale-HubbellMr. Pipkin is also a deacon at Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas, where he serves as Chair of the Adult Education Committee, member of the Deacon Administration Committee, and member of the Youth Ministry Team. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Construction & Development: 40%
    25 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 40%
    25 years, 500 cases
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 20%
    22 years, 75 cases

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Contact Info

1717 Main Street Suite 5400
Dallas, TX, 75201


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198905/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly2004
Outstanding ServiceDedman School of Law1989
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSedgwick LLP2003 - Present
PartnerStrasburger & Price1995 - 2003
AssociateMcCauley, Macdonald, Love & Devin1989 - 1995

Association NamePosition NameDuration
TEXON/A2010 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law SectionFormer Chair2003 - 2003
National Bond Claims AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Texas Association of BuildersAttorney Council2002 - 2004
Surety & Fidelity Claims InstituteN/A1998 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law CommitteeVice-Chair1990 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law SectionMember1990 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryN/A1990 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionN/A1989 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law CommitteeChair of Construction Practices DivisionN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re KapetanakisJudgment declaring debt nondischargable

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Surety’s Indemnity Agreement: Law and Practice, 2nd Ed. (M. Klinger, G. Bachrach, and T. Haley eds., 2008)“The Surety’s Enforcement of its Rights to Collateral from the Principal and the Indemnitors,” co-authored with Shannon J. Briglia and David C. Olson2008
Payment Bond Manual (W. D. Lambert, T. R. Braggins, and J. B. Wilcox eds., 3rd Edition 2006)“Texas"2006
Contractor's State License Bonds Desk Reference (E. D. Lodgen, C. Squillace, and M. D. Herbert eds. 2006)"Texas"2006
40 Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal 447 (2005)Recent Developments in Fidelity and Surety Law2005
The Law of Probate Bonds (J. Frank and W. Downing eds., 2001)"The Surety's Liability for Misconduct of Co-Fiduciaries, Non-Estate Property Obtained Under Color of Office, and Fiduciaries Serving the Estate in Multiple Capacities"2001
34 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 191"Discovery and Admissibility of Reserves"1998

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Abilene Christian UniversityAccountingB.B.A.1986

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2009 MidWinter CLE MeetingWhat Public-Private Partnerships mean for America’s future, and “Public-Private Partnerships: An Overview,” published with the program’s materials.2009
Outreach Back to Basics Contract Surety Claims Handling programTakeover and Tender2004
29th Annual Meeting and Seminar of the Surety Claims InstituteSurety Law Update2004
Mid Winter MeetingThe Trial: Trying to Win, or Just Trying2003
24th Annual Meeting and SeminarRending the Veil: Discovery and Admissibility of Claim and Underwriting Files, Reinsurance Communications, and Reserves1999