Tarron Gartner-Ilai joined the firm as a principal in 2014, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience representing both carriers and policyholders in first-and third-party insurance coverage litigation, including general liability, errors & omissions, directors & officers liability, oil & gas, cyber liability, commercial property, specialty risk, disability, bond and fidelity disputes. Earlier in her career, Tarron spent close to a decade as a Second Vice President of an A+-rated insurer, first as a Managing Claim Coverage Counsel, and later as a General Counselor, giving her direct insight into the inner workings of insurers, how they operate, and how the decision-makers think.

Now focused solely on the representation of policyholders, Tarron’s business and management experience, coupled with her legal acumen, enables her to provide a broad range services to her clients, including coverage analysis and litigation skills, risk management, and insurance program reviews. We call her our “secret weapon.”


  • Recovered $3.1 million from a general liability insurer for amounts a general contractor paid in settlement of a construction defect claim—Tippman Construction Company v. Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina, Civil Action No. 4:11-cv-00591, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Prevailed on summary judgment over the termination of an ERISA-based Occupational Injury/Employer’s Liability policy—Demand In Arbitration No. 70195 Y 00736 11, Homeland Insurance Company of New York v. Marty Hoffman, Inc.
  • Recovered delay damage claim for general contractor against property owner for owner’s failure to provide specifications for customized fixtures, resulting in substantial project delays—Demand In Arbitration No. 71110E0000211, SLSJ Associates, LLC. v. St. Paul Place Acquisition Partners, LP
  • Successfully represented subcontractor policyholder in insurance coverage dispute under General Liability policies issued by multiple carriers over multiple policy years, effecting a $1.1 million settlement of both the coverage and underlying liability dispute


  • Hardesty Builders, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 630 F.3d 451 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • VRV Dev. L.P. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 630 F.3d 451 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • David Lewis Builders, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 410 Fed. Appx. 787 (5th Cir. 2011)


  • September 2013 “Settlement and Allocation—Lennar Corporation v. Markel American Insurance”, CLE Webinar presentation
  • April 2013 “Too many claimants; too little money:  Ethical issues facing defense counsel in cases involving multiple claimants and insufficient policy limits”, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Insurance Law, Dallas, Texas
  • March 2013 “Coverage for Cyber-related Risks in the New Millennium”, 20th Annual Insurance Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • October 2012 “The Metrics of the Matrix:  Insuring Your Business Against Cyber-Risk”, article for Insurance Thought Leadership,
  • October 2012 “Taking the Adjuster’s Deposition”, 17th Advanced Insurance Law Conference, Dallas, Texas
  • October 2012 “Bad Faith and Fidelity Claims”, ACI Contract Surety Bond & Fidelity Law Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • September 2012 “Dealing with Everyday Insurance Roadblocks and Issues in the Construction Industry”, The University of Texas Construction Law Conference, Dallas, Texas
  • May 2012 “Insurance Essentials for Business Litigators”, co-presented to the Business Litigation Section of Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas
  • January 2012 “Certificates of Insurance under the New Senate Bill 425”, presentation to Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
  • July 2011 “The Right to Independent Counsel”, CLE Webinar presentation
  • April 2011 “Summary Judgment Practices in the Coverage Dispute”, 18th Annual Insurance Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • January 2011 “In the Eye of the Storm—What does Gilbert Constr., L.P. v. Underwriter’s at Lloyds, London do for Carriers and Policyholders?”, 5th Annual Construction Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • April 2010 “Preserving & Prosecuting Subrogation Claims”, 17th Annual Insurance Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • April 2010 “The Evolution of the Eight Corner’s Rule and the Duty to Defend”, CLE Webinar presentation
  • January 2009 “Contractual Risk Transfer”, 4th Annual Construction Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • April 2009 “The Use of Extrinsic Evidence in the Post Guideone Era”, 16th Annual Insurance Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • 2008 “The Continuing Evolution of the Notice—Prejudice Rule in Texas”, 15th Annual Insurance Symposium, Dallas, Texas
  • 1992 “Coverage For Faulty Workmanship: A Comparison of Policies”, Texas Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3


  • Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Director
  • Dallas Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Secretary-Treasurer
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Member


Tarron began her legal career in 1989 as an associate with the firm now known as Fanning, Harper, Martinson, Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. From there, she moved to The Barbknecht Firm, P.C. and in 1999, she joined Travelers Insurance. While there, she held the positions of Senior Vice President, Coverage Counsel and General Counselor.  Prior to joining the firm, Tarron was a shareholder at Cooper & Scully, P.C.


  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1989
  • B.S., Dallas Baptist University, 1986


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
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