Ark. Law Firm Opens Insurance Practice in Austin, Texas

May 15, 2007

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C., a law firm with offices in Little Rock and Rogers, Ark., announced it has expanded into Texas with the opening of a third office in Austin. Bill Bingham, former Deputy Commissioner for Regulatory Matters in the Life, Health, and Licensing Program of the Texas Department of Insurance, will lead the office’s insurance regulatory practice as counsel.

Bingham brings 21 years of legal experience to the firm, representing clients on insurance-related corporate and regulatory issues before state legislatures and regulatory agencies, including life, health, and property/casualty licensing and compliance matters, as well as extensive litigation experience.

In addition to serving as deputy commissioner for the Department of Insurance for the past five years, he worked as a staff attorney for the program from 1998 – 2002. Prior to that, Bingham was a practitioner for three years in Austin litigating personal and business torts, consumer protection and civil rights matters.

In 1994, he served as staff attorney in the Office of Public Insurance Counsel (OPIC) where he represented the agency in, among other matters, the development of the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association Plan of Operation.

Bingham served on the Texas Attorney General’s HIPAA Preemption Analysis Task Force in 2004. Between 1994 and 1997, he was an instructor in civil litigation in the University of Texas Legal Assistant Program and visiting instructor in advanced civil litigation for the University’s law school.

The firm has already begun evaluating other strategic opportunities that can be incorporated into the new location. The new office is located in the Littlefield Building at 106 E. 6th Street in downtown Austin.

Source: Mitchell Williams,

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