Andrea A. Ortiz
Andrea Ortiz joined Mound Cotton as an associate in February 2019 and helped open the firm’s Houston office.
Ms. Ortiz is a mid-level associate whose practice focuses on first-party coverage litigation. Her practice includes defending insurance carriers at various stages of litigation, as well as pre-suit evaluation of breach of contract and bad faith claims. She has experience performing legal research on property damage and business interruption claims for multimillion-dollar losses primarily in the energy, commercial property, and builder’s risk sectors, including recent experience with Covid-19 time element, riot, and Texas freeze claims. She is responsible for litigation in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration. She also leads both in-person and remote hearings, second chairing mediations, taking and defending fact witness depositions, and managing fact/expert witness deposition preparation. In addition to the litigation side of her practice, Ms. Ortiz has experience drafting reservation of rights letters, coverage opinions, and coverage position letters.
Ms. Ortiz earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and her undergraduate degree in Psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston. During law school, she was the Managing Editor for the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, Board 17, participated in intrascholastic advocacy competitions, and worked as a law clerk for all three years of law school.
- Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas
- Texas Bar College
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, Western Districts of Texas
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2017
- Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, Managing Editor, Board 17, 2016-2017.
- Lex Award (Highest Grade): Federal Pretrial Drafting
- Dean’s Merit Scholarship
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Houston, Psychology, 2014