Resolving complex cases with many moving parts and strong personalities involves much more than understanding the relevant law and providing effective advocacy in the courtroom. Getting the best and most efficient results for my clients also requires me to cut through the politics that can overcomplicate the situation, avoid unnecessary gamesmanship with opposing counsel and minimize the tension between the parties that led to a dispute in the first place. In short, I strive to put clients in the best position to achieve their desired results through effective advocacy and efficient resolution.
Serving as Gray Reed's Insurance Law Practice Group Leader, Darin Brooks has built a commercial litigation and insurance coverage practice focused on flexibility and variety, allowing him to adapt to clients’ changing needs and solve a broad range of challenging problems across several industries, including insurance, energy, banking, healthcare, plus many more. He defends clients in complex litigation before state and federal courts, in arbitration and on appeal, with an emphasis on disputes involving insurance, energy, contracts, personal injury and maritime issues.
Darin focuses his insurance practice on advising clients on complex coverage issues, providing coverage opinions and resolving related disputes before courts and arbitration panels in Texas and throughout the country. He is also a valuable resource for colleagues and clients who need his unique insight when policy interpretation questions, scope of insurance needs and other insurance issues arise in various disputes and transactions. Darin is Board Certified in Insurance Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Darin has more than 20 years of experience guiding upstream, midstream and downstream energy businesses to favorable outcomes in all types of complex energy and commercial disputes. As national counsel for a Fortune 500 oil and gas company, Darin oversees a massive commercial recovery docket with cases from California to New Jersey and everywhere in between. He serves as lead counsel in many cases, and also quarterbacks the local teams charged with resolving disputes in faraway venues across the country. Along with two other partners, Darin manages a large commercial and tort defense docket for another Fortune 500 oil and gas company.
Darin’s broad practice includes handling a number of different commercial disputes for a publicly-traded bank, credit unions and other financial institutions. He is highly active in the firm’s healthcare practice as well, resolving commercial disputes for healthcare providers and advising on the language used in many of their core agreements, particularly with regard to arbitration, insurance and indemnity provisions.
Before starting his private practice, Darin worked as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Adele Hedges (Texas Court of Appeals – Fourteenth Judicial District) and as a judicial intern for Chief Justice Alice Oliver-Parrott (Texas Court of Appeals – First District). This unique experience gave Darin valuable insight into how complex cases are evaluated behind the scenes that continues to benefit his clients to this day.