Overview

Sondra Sylva is an accomplished litigator who advises insurance companies, healthcare management companies and corporate clients in a range of disputes. She applies a deep understanding of insurance laws, policy coverage and regulatory issues to mitigate and resolve complex insurance claims and defends commercial clients and individuals in all aspects of litigation.

Insurance Coverage

Sondra litigates personal lines and commercial insurance coverage and extracontractual claims on behalf of domestic and global insurers, captives and reinsurers. She has extensive experience helping clients navigate coverage issues and provides underwriting and claims counseling involving all types of property and casualty, cyber, pollution liability, educator’s liability, marine, aviation, active shooter and professional liability policies.

Sondra is the author of the Texas chapter of the DRI Unfair Claims Settlement Practices, a comprehensive resource for insurance carriers, claim representatives, and insurance defense and coverage counsel. DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

Commercial Litigation

In addition to her insurance coverage practice, Sondra defends cases involving product liability, construction defect, premises liability, oil and gas, and labor and employment issues on behalf of insured and self-insured clients. She also monitors high-profile and high-risk litigation involving catastrophic personal injuries, property damage, and mass torts on behalf of domestic and foreign insurers.

Representative Experience

  • Secured arbitration award in favor of healthcare management company under Managed Care Errors and Omissions policies
  • Adjudicated the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action seeking patent infringement coverage under a liability policy, bringing allegations of breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing
  • Adjudicated the dismissal of a breach of contract, declaratory judgment and extracontractual liability claim against excess liability policies on forum non conveniens

Personal Interests

Outside of work, Sondra enjoys spending time with her family and home DIY projects.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law
J.D. Texas Tech Law Review - Articles Editor (2001)

The University of Texas at San Antonio
B.A. (1998)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Sondra is working with attorneys across the firm and with the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation to vacate the criminal convictions of a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation.

Professional Associations

  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas State Bar Association, Insurance Section

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