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John is the immediate past chair of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Law Section.  His term is June 2011-2012.  He has served on the Council of the State Bar's Insurance Section since 2003.


He is a charter member of the ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. He was a founder and co-editor of Coverage, the committee's journal, and served in that capacity from 1989-2004.  He was elected editor-in-chief and served in that capacity from 1996-2004.  In 2002, the Section of Litigation of the ABA presented him with the Section's award for Outstanding Editor. In 2003, the ABA awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Litigation Section and the Insurance Committee.


John has been elected by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of insurance coverage every year since 2006. He and the firm are recommended by Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters and have received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” John is one of four Texas insurance lawyers named in Who's Who – Legal, published annually by the International Bar Association.  He is "AV Pre-eminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been AV rated for twenty-six years.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 80%
  2. Mediation: 20%

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  • Michelle Melin Niemeyer

    I was Florida counsel for one of John's clients, and we represented a real estate developer who was sued in a construction defect matter and had a dispute with its insurers about coverage. John is a brilliant lawyer, truly one of the best, and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend John.


    Michelle Niemeyer Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, LLP

2811 McKinney Ave., Ste 250
Dallas, TX, 75204-8545


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199110/19/2015
LAEligible to practice law197911/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Tier One - InsuranceU.S. News and World Report2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law SectionChair2011 - 2012
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeEditor, Coverage1989 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cont'l Cas. Co. v. Consol. Graphics, Inc. 646 F.3d 210 (5th Cir. Tex. 2011)Client prevailed
Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Country Oaks Apts. Ltd., 566 F.3d 452 (5th Cir. Tex. 2009)Client prevailed
Sport Supply Group, Inc. v. Columbia Cas. Co. 335 F.3d 453, (5th Cir. Tex. 2003) 67 U.S.P.Q.2d 1225Client prevailed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1979
Emory UniversityN/AN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Eighteenth Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course"Proving the Duty to Pay in Texas"2011