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Laurence S. Kurth

Office Managing Partner 
112 East Pecan Street
Suite 2750
San Antonio, TX 78205
 
Tel:
210.582.0220
Fax:
210.582.0231
 
 

Laurence "Larry" Kurth serves as the office managing partner of Akerman's San Antonio office. Larry is a Board Certified civil litigator with more than 30 years of experience. He is a seasoned railroad defense lawyer. Additionally he has concentrated his practice in first-party insurance litigation, with significant experience handling policy drafting, interpretation, fraud, malpractice, and coverage issues. His commercial litigation practice includes products liability, personal injury, property damage, contracts, and general business disputes. Larry's clients have included local and national insurers, hospitals, railroads, healthcare technology companies, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, and the City of Converse in various commercial litigation matters. Larry is well-versed in the legal community of Bexar County and has appeared before virtually every sitting judge in The County, from J.P. Courts to the Fourth Court of Appeals. He has selected more than 100 juries throughout South Texas and regularly appears before state and federal courts.
 
Representative Experience
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Successfully defended 25 lawsuits in jury and bench trials for a major railroad client to include track disputes, fed actions, crossing accidents and personal injury claims.
 
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Tried over twenty first-party bad faith arson cases to successful jury verdicts in Bexar County, Maverick County, Tom Green County, Cameron County, Harris County, Travis County, and others.
 
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Obtained a reversal for a property insurer and modified the burden of proof for defendants in duty of good faith and fair dealing cases in a trial in. State Farm Lloyds v. Polasek, 847 SW2d 279 (Tex. App. San Antonio 1992, writ denied).
 
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Obtained a reversal for a workers compensation carrier and set precedent on the standard for biased jury argument based upon racial and ethnic overtones in a trial in Crystal City, Texas. TEIA v. Guerrero, 800 SW2d 859 (Tex. App. San Antonio 1990, writ denied).
 
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Successfully defended a major railroad client in numerous venues across South Texas arising out of asserting its right of ways, and leasehold claims.
 
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Successfully defended homeowners associations in easement disputes, and similar claims.
 
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Represented Bexar County Sherriff's Department and Bexar County against § 1983 claims and class action suits involving officer conduct as well as jail procedures and policies.
 
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Represented multiple various insurance companies in claims disputes arising out of Hurricanes Alicia, Rita, and Katrina.
 
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Conducted over five hundred examinations under oath for various carriers.
 
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Successfully represented numerous oil and gas industry operators in personal injury and property damage cases resulting from rig explosions and fires.
 
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Represented employers in numerous OSHA investigation hearings including electrocutions, ROPS, cave ins, safety harnesses, and similar alleged violations and then defended the employer in subsequent employee personal injury actions.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
 
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AV rated, Martindale Hubbell
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2016-2018, Listed in Texas for Commercial Litigation
 
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Recognized as a San Antonio Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal, 2015
 
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Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016
 
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Who's Who in San Antonio Lawyers
 
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Texas Monthly Best Lawyers in Texas
 
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Voted one of San Antonio's Best Lawyers as rated by peers, S.A. Scene, 2009-2012
 
Published Works & Lectures
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UE Forum on Legal Defense of Issues in Higher Education, Speaker, "Campus Police - The Use of Force Continuum/Conundrum," 2015
 
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Larry is a repeat author and speaker for the State Bar of Texas Advance Civil Trial CLE Programs, as well as for legal seminars for insurance clients, including:
- "Bad Faith Doctrine in Texas"
- "Preparing Fire Experts for Discovery"
- "Preparing executive Officers for Apex Depositions"
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Chairman, University Health Systems Foundation, Board of Directors
 
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ABOTA Member
 
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National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Member
 
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State Bar College, Member
 
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San Antonio Bar Association, Fellow
 
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Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Member
 
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American Bar Association, Member
- Tort and Insurance Practice Section
 
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Bexar County Bar Association, Member
 
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Travis County Bar Association, Member
 
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Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
 
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Defense Research Institute, Member
 
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Colorado Bar Association, Member
 
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Oklahoma Bar Association, Member
 
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American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Former President
 
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International Association of Arson Investigators, Member
 
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A Texas Advisory Counsel on Arson (ATAC), Member
 
Community Involvement
 
Pro Bono Activities
 
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San Antonio Fiesta Commission
- President, 2005
- Member since 1996
 
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San Antonio Golf Association (Texas Open), Board of Directors
 
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Bexar County Precinct 3033, Precinct Chairman
 



Laurence S. Kurth

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, 1981; Articles Editor, St. Mary's Law Journal
B.A., College of Wooster, 1976; Urban Planning
Bar Admissions
Texas
Colorado
Oklahoma
 
 
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