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Robert D. Stokes

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Flahive Ogden & Latson PC
1008 Hillside Ave
Austin, TX 78704-1821
(214) 458-9788
Member Bio
Mr. Stokes is a skilled litigator in the field of workers’ compensation law with more than 30 years’ diversified experience. He has handled more than 10,000 prehearing conferences under the “old law” governing Texas workers’ compensation adjudication, as well as more than 7500 BRCs and over 2000 CCHs at the Division level since the implementation of the new law in 1991. He has been an active advocate in suits during the judicial review process with an active appellate practice in the field of workers’ compensation law.

Mr. Stokes is responsible for assisting clients with licensure and enforcement issues, and has experience in negotiating the resolution of more than 25 enforcement matters before the Texas Department of Insurance and the Division of Workers’ Compensation. This practice includes drafting of more than 30 corrective action plans following the Division’s resolution of an audit or complaint. He has also provided annual assistance to more than 15 clients with their filing of data in connection with the Performance Based Oversight grading process.

Mr. Stokes has also served as lead appellate counsel, second chair appellate counsel, or amicus counsel in more than 26 cases decided by the Court of Appeals or Texas Supreme Court since 2008. He has served as first or second chair appellate counsel in five workers’ compensation cases decided by the Texas Supreme Court since 2009 (three by oral argument, two by written opinion).

Representative Cases
• Texas Dept. of Ins., Div. of Workers' Comp. v. Lumbermens Mut. Cas. Co., 212 S.W.3d 870 (Tex. App.--Austin 2006, pet. denied).
• Sw. Bell Tel. Co., L.P. v. Mitchell, 276 S.W.3d 443 (Tex. 2008).
• Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. v. Weeks, 259 S.W.3d 335 (Tex. App.--El Paso 2008, pet. denied).
• Apollo Enterprises, Inc. v. ScripNet, Inc., 301 S.W.3d 848 (Tex. App.--Austin 2009, no pet.).
• Bell v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 311 S.W.3d 507 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2009, pet. denied).
• City of Laredo v. Garza, 293 S.W.3d 625 (Tex. App.--San Antonio 2009, no pet.).
• Leordeanu v. Am. Prot. Ins. Co., 330 S.W.3d 239 (Tex. 2010).
• Serv. Lloyds Ins. Co. v. Am. Alternative Ins. Corp., 306 S.W.3d 414 (Tex. App.--Austin 2010, no pet.).
• Am. Home Assur. Co. v. Poehler, 323 S.W.3d 626 (Tex. App.--Tyler 2010, pet. denied).
• Ins. Co. of State of Pennsylvania v. Muro, 347 S.W.3d 268 (Tex. 2011).
• In re Metro. Transit Auth., 334 S.W.3d 806 (Tex. App.--Hous. [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.).
• Commerce & Indus. Ins. Co. v. Ferguson-Stewart, 339 S.W.3d 744 (Tex. App.--Hous. [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.).
• Am. Zurich Ins. Co. v. Samudio, 370 S.W.3d 363 (Tex. 2012).
• Manbeck v. Austin Indep. Sch. Dist., 381 S.W.3d 528 (Tex. 2012), reh'g denied (Nov. 16, 2012).
• DeLeon v. Royal Indem. Co., 396 S.W.3d 527 (Tex. Nov. 16, 2012), reh'g denied (Mar. 29, 2013).
• Galindo v. Ysleta Indep. Sch. Dist., 378 S.W.3d 566 (Tex. App.--El Paso 2012, no pet.).

Firm Information
For the last sixty years, Flahive, Ogden & Latson has defended workers' compensation claims before three state agencies and state courts at every level. Our practice is limited to workers' compensation defense throughout the State of Texas. Eighteen of the lawyers in the firm have been designated as specialists by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization - seventeen in the field of workers' compensation law.
Our insurance carrier clients include six of the largest workers’ compensation insurance groups in Texas: The American International Group, The Hartford Insurance Companies, The Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies, The Travelers Insurance Companies, Texas Mutual Insurance Company and The Zurich Insurance Companies. We also represent a large number of mid-size as well as small carriers, many third party administrators, three self-insured groups, thirty-four certified self insurers, and approximately 2,500 cities, school districts, and other governmental self-insureds.
Among the lawyers in the firm, four of the firm's lawyers were honors graduates, two were editors of their respective law school Law Reviews, two were selected by the Texas Court of Appeals to prestigious judicial clerkships, and one served as a clerk to a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court. One of the firm's attorneys was a member of his law school national competition teams (moot court), and five are certified specialists in fields other than workers' compensation (personal injury law, appellate law, and administrative law).

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Practice Areas
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Workers' Compensation
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