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Carla C. Crapster

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Office

Dallas

901 Main Street
Suite 6000
Dallas, TX 75202
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Fax: 214.659.4060
Education
J.D., With high honors, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 2008, Texas Law Review, Associate Editor; Order of the Coif; Chancellors
B.A., summa cum laude, Texas A & M University-College Station, College Station, Texas, 2005, Phi Beta Kappa
State Bar Licenses
Texas
Court Admissions
U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., E.D. Texas
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Carla C. Crapster

Member

Carla Crapster focuses her practice on litigating fidelity bond cases, surety matters and other insurance coverage disputes. Carla has experience in federal courts throughout the country, including the Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuits.

Prior to working at Clark Hill Strasburger, Carla clerked with the Honorable A. Joe Fish.

EXPERIENCE

  • Prevailed in a summary judgment in the Central District of California in a coverage dispute involving an Entertainment policy and the application of the war exclusion.
  • Obtained summary judgment before the Southern District of Texas on behalf of an insurance company in a fidelity bond dispute involving an employee stock ownership plan.
  • Obtained summary judgment before the Western District of Texas in a coverage dispute involving a professional liability policy and whether two claims arose out of one wrongful act.
  • Obtained summary judgment before the Western District of Texas in a coverage dispute involving a Texas non-subscriber insurance policy on the grounds that the fortuity doctrine applied.
  • Obtained summary judgment before the Southern District of Texas on a surety bond claim.
  • Represented an insurance company before the Fifth Circuit in appeal of complex coverage dispute involving a lawyer's malpractice policy.
  • Prevailed on an appeal before the Eleventh Circuit in a fidelity bond dispute involving the meaning of "Single Loss."
  • Prevailed on an appeal before the Eleventh Circuit in a fidelity bond dispute involving rescission.
  • Successfully defended againstæa motion to remand a class action involving a Texas non-subscriber insurance policy.
  • Prevailed on a motion to compel a claim involving an on-the-job injury to arbitration.
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a case involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Drafted and filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit supporting the prevailing party in a dispute involving a "Computer Fraud" insuring agreement and the meaning of the word "directly."
  • Handled an appeal of coverage dispute in New York Appellate Division (First Department) involving government seizure of funds.

Presentations

  • Cyber Policies: Where's the Coverage?, Panel Presentation, ABA Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (January 2018)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Fidelity Law Association Annual Meeting (November 2017)
  • Computer Fraud: The Latest (and Greatest) Case Law and Other Updates, Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference Annual Meeting (September 2017)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute Annual Meeting (June 2017)
  • Claims Handling Tips: Getting it Right, Right out of the Gate, Defense Research Institute Fidelity and Surety Roundtable (May 2017)
  • Making the Case: The Internal Roundtable Discussion on Whether to Settle a Claim, ABA Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (January 2017)
  • Dispositive Motions: A Live Oral Argument Simulation, ABA Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (January 2017)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Fidelity Law Association Annual Meeting (November 2016)
  • Fidelity Claims - The Year in Review, Northwest Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference Annual Meeting (September 2016)
  • Trying to Fit a Square Peg Into a Round Hole, Part 2: The Scope and Limits of Insuring Agreement (E) in Connection with Electronic Crime Claims, Northwest Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference Annual Meeting (September 2016)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute Annual Meeting (June 2016)
  • Three Parties, Countless Dilemmas: An Examination of Ethical Issues That Arise Out of the Tripartite Relationship between Insurer, Insured, and Defense Counsel, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Conference (May 2016)
  • Survey on Fidelity Law: 2014-2015, Annual Fidelity Law Association Conference (November 2015) 
  • Fidelity Law Update, Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute Annual Meeting (June 2014)
  • The Dangers of Investing and Transacting in Crypto Currency, Fundamentals of Crypto Currency, Surety & Fidelity Association of America (June 2014)
  • Notice-Prejudice Rule, Client CLE Program (October 2013)

Publications

  • Co-author. Claims Handling Tips: Getting it Right, Right out of the Gate, Defense Research Institute (May 2017)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Surety Claims Institute Annual Meeting (2017)
  • Fidelity Law Update, XXIII Fid. L.J. 1 (2017)
  • Co-author. Computer Fraud: The Latest (and Greatest) Case Law and Other Updates, Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference Annual Meeting (2017)
  • Drafting an Insurance Coverage Brief: How to Make Your Brief Stand Out and Keep Your Judge Interested, ABA Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (January 2017)
  • Fidelity Law Update, XXII Fid. L.J. 155 (2016)
  • Co-author. Fidelity Claims - The Year in Review 2015-2016, Northwest Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference Annual Meeting
  • Co-author. Trying to Fit a Square Peg Into a Round Hole, Part 2: The Scope and Limits of Insuring Agreement (E) in Connection with Electronic Crime Claims, Northwest Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference Annual Meeting (2016)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Surety Claims Institute Annual Meeting (2016)
  • Employee Dishonesty: The Essential Elements of Coverage Under Insuring Agreement (A), Financial Institution Bonds, 4th ed. (2016)
  • A Priceless "Original" The Meaning of "Original" in Insuring Agreement (D) of the Standard Financial Institution Bond, Surety Claims Institute Newsletter (May 2015)
  • The Insuring Agreements - Employee Dishonesty Coverage, Annotated Commercial Crime Policy Insurance Policy, 3d ed. (2015)
  • The Insuring Agreements - Employee Theft Coverage, Annotated Commercial Crime Policy Insurance Policy, 3d ed. (2015)
  • Survey on Fidelity Law: 2014-2015, XXI Fid. L.J. 1 (2015)
  • Fidelity Law Update, Surety Claims Institute Annual Meeting (2014)
  • Chapter Co-author. Insuring Agreement (A) - Employee Dishonesty, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Fidelity Insurance (2014)
  • Chapter Co-author. Insuring Agreement (A) - Fidelity, Annotated Financial Institution Bond (2013)
  • TEFRA-Partnership Refunds: Five Steps to Protect a Partner's Rights, Business Entities (January/February 2011)

Media

Awards/Achievements
Named among Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters (2016-2018)
Recipient of Strasburger's Special Recognition - Contribution to a Team (2016)
Recipient of the Richard Davis Litigation Associate award (2014)
Membership
American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Volunteer
University of North Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law (Spring 2018), Adjunct Professor of Negotiations (2017), Adjunct Professor of Practice Foundations (2016), Bedford Mentor (2015)
Housing Crisis Center, Volunteer (2010-2013)
Junior League of Dallas, Former Member
Practice Areas
Fidelity & Surety
Industries
Insurance