• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Houston Law Center
      J.D., 1992; Articles Editor, The Houston Journal of International Law
    • Rice University
      B.A. in Political Science and Managerial Studies, 1989
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+

Peri H. Alkas

Peri Alkas has considerable litigation experience, having taken more than 65 civil and criminal cases to trial. Her practice is primarily in the area of insurance and reinsurance. Her experience includes first-party claims, insurance bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. She often provides insurers with complex claims-handling advice, first- and third-party coverage opinions and guidance concerning Texas insurance statutes.

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Peri Alkas has considerable litigation experience, having taken more than 65 civil and criminal cases to trial. Her practice is primarily in the area of insurance and reinsurance. Her experience includes first-party claims, insurance bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. She often provides insurers with complex claims-handling advice, first- and third-party coverage opinions and guidance concerning Texas insurance statutes.

Ms. Alkas has also litigated in a variety of areas of civil litigation. Those matters have included theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with business, construction defects, multi-party class actions (e.g. Phen-Fen), products liability, personal injury, premises liability, police and governmental entity defense, dram shop defense and employment lawsuits throughout the state of Texas. That breadth of experience has benefited clients ranging from Fortune 100 businesses to sole proprietors. Previously, Ms. Alkas was a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where she investigated, pled or tried a range of misdemeanor and felony cases.

Ms. Alkas serves as the practice coordinator of Phelps Dunbar's Houston insurance group.

Experience

  • Represented insurer in suit by policyholder over two, large commercial properties claimed to have suffered damage from Hurricane Ike. Adverse depositions of Plaintiff’s expert witnesses led to favorable settlement for client (Texas state court).
  • Obtained summary judgment for domestic insurer against suit brought by borrower on force-placed policy on the grounds the borrower lacked standing (U.S. District Court, Southern District, Texas).
  • Lead counsel for the defense of surplus lines carrier for Hurricane Ike claim by church alleging breach of contract, bad faith, and statutory violations arising from underpayment of the loss. Adverse depositions of Plaintiff’s experts caused Plaintiff to reduce its demand over $1 million (State District Court; Harris County, Texas).
  • Represented alien insurer in Hurricane Ike matters involving business interruption losses to rental property. Prepared the first motion to get ruling that Harris County Standing Orders for Residential Ike claims did not apply to residential property being used for commercial purpose (Texas state court).
  • Coverage opinions interpreting CGL policies concerning construction defects to governmental buildings, involving unique and complex negotiations with other insurers with time on the risk, claims of contribution and subrogation issues (Texas state court).
  • Coverage analysis concerning directors and officers coverage when officer could not satisfy the self-insured retention as a result of a government freeze of the officer’s assets during investigation and prosecution of alleged Ponzi scheme (U.S. District court, Southern District, Texas).
  • Represented surplus lines carrier in suit for breach of contract and extra-contractual claims resulting from fire loss and successfully obtained partial summary judgment on all the extra-contractual claims (Texas state court).
  • Coverage opinion for domestic surplus lines carrier concerning interpretation of other insurance clauses involving multiple policies for inland marine coverage to heavy equipment which suffered storm damage while rented out.
  • Coverage opinion applying Oklahoma law and federal statutes to a property loss which occurred during non-judicial HUD foreclosure proceedings but before transfer of deed to new owner including analysis of financial interest, rights of redemption, and right of assignment to new owner.

Insights

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Winning Litigation Strategies for Judicial Hellholes," presentation for the Great American Insurance Group in Cincinnati, OH (June 2016)
  • HarrisMartin's CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference (September 2013)
  • "Recent Developments in CAT-Related Coverage Law," HarrisMartin's CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference, Dallas, TX (2013)
  • "Avoiding ‘Bad Faith' in First-party Claims Handling," Scottsdale Insurance Company, Scottsdale, AZ (2007)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Habitat for Humanity - Houston, TX (Volunteer) 
  • The Seafarers Center - Galveston, TX (Benefactor)
  • Brookshire Police Department Annual Motorcycle Toy Run (Brookshire, TX)

Recognition

  • H Texas Magazine - Houston’s Top Lawyers, Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Litigation-Insurance
  • Texas Super Lawyers