J. Mark Kressenberg

J. Mark Kressenberg


Mr. Kressenberg is the head of the firm’s first party property litigation team. A former law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, he has extensive experience handling all aspects of first party property litigation, including appellate representation.

Over the last 31 years Mr. Kressenberg has litigated and tried numerous complex first party property cases and personal injury cases throughout the United States on both sides of the docket.

In recent years he has had numerous successes in Texas courts of civil appeals and the Texas supreme court in the area of appraisals.

Community Activities

  • Member, Hermann Park Conservancy
  • Member, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston
  • Member, The Menil Collection
  • Chairman, Houston Bar Association IDEA Committee
  • Member, Houston Bar Association Lawyers for Literacy
  • Volunteer, The ReCenter for Recovery
  • Volunteer, State Bar of Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program

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Areas of Practice

Publications and Seminars

Mr. Kressenberg has made numerous continuing education presentations to clients concerning Texas first party property law.

First Party Insurance

  • Successfully concluded over 800 commercial and residential Hurricane Ike claims and lawsuits. He also manages the Firm’s UM/UIM practice.

Mass Toxic Tort Litigation

  • Extensive experience defending and litigating asbestos exposure and benzene exposure claims, including wrongful death cases, on behalf of suppliers and manufacturers.

Products Liability

  • Successfully defended component manufacturing clients against property damage claims based in warranty as well as deceptive trade practices.
  • Extensive experience in defending and litigating statutory indemnity claims.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represents a number of domestic insurance carriers and surplus lines in first party residential and commercial contract and insurance code claims.
  • Successfully defended contractor on indemnity and contributions claims stemming from occupational injury accident at a major southeast Texas refinery.
  • Represented a small oil production company against internationally known oil field services company for breach of contract involving a joint venture agreement, resulting in favorable recovery for the plaintiff.


  • Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 1986)
  • University of California, Berkeley

Legal Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • State Bar of New York
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Federal Circuits