Timothy S. Kirk, Of Counsel
Timothy Kirk is Of Counsel to Medina Seto Law Group, providing the benefit of his wealth of experience in the law and in the world beyond the legal trade.
Mr. Kirk has spent most of his legal career in insurance coverage litigation with an emphasis on pre-litigation client claim counseling. He has extensive experience representing policyholders as well as insurers in a wide variety of coverage transactions and disputes. He has worked with both liability and property claims, for businesses, farms and homeowners, commercial and personal auto, professional liability, builders risk, jewelers block, public entities and maritime jurisdiction among others. He has also represented his clients in litigation, including declaratory relief and "bad faith" lawsuits.
Mr. Kirk also has experience in a variety of civil litigation matters, including wrongful death, employment litigation, landlord/tenant disputes and commercial litigation. He has also assisted landowners and business owners in dealing with environmental regulatory requirements. He has conducted and defended depositions, prepared and argued dispositive motions, and engaged in all phases of litigation, including trial.
For the last fifteen years Mr. Kirk has been a partner in a large national law firm, focusing his legal practice in the firm’s insurance coverage group. In that capacity he has written hundreds of coverage evaluations and advised his insurance company clients in the fair resolution of claims by their policyholders.
In his twenty-six years of insurance law practice, Mr. Kirk has gained an in-depth and broad appreciation of the necessity for insurance coverage and the peace of mind it should afford us. He fully understands the claims process and the requirements imposed by law on both parties, above all the duty of good faith and fair dealing. With his experience on both sides of insurance claims, he well understands the relationship between the policyholder and the insurance company. He is thoroughly familiar with the processes and practices through which insurance claims get resolved – what facilitates settlement as well as what prevents it.
Mr. Kirk’s work experience before law school uniquely prepared him for his eventual legal career. After earning a graduate degree in English, he devoted ten years to teaching in public school at all levels of secondary and undergraduate education. He worked as a claims adjuster, in the field and in the home office, for an insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region. His life experience has given him a deep appreciation of conflict and resolution. As an attorney he has taken seriously the adage: Good lawyering means not raising your voice, but rather improving your argument.
University of Texas, Austin School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1991
Texas State University
Master of Arts, English, 1982
Texas State University
Bachelor of Arts, English, 1976