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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Houston Law Center
      J.D., 1992
    • Rice University
      B.A. in Political Science and Managerial Studies, 1989
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+

Clients do not come to Peri Alkas for a cookie-cutter approach to solving their insurance disputes. Insurers seek her out when they have stubborn problems that require creative, tailored methods to meet their needs.

A courtroom veteran, Peri has taken more than 65 civil and criminal cases to trial. She practices primarily in insurance, with experience in first-party claims, insurance bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. She often provides insurers with complex claims-handling advice, first- and third-party coverage opinions and guidance concerning Texas insurance statutes.

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Clients do not come to Peri Alkas for a cookie-cutter approach to solving their insurance disputes. Insurers seek her out when they have stubborn problems that require creative, tailored methods to meet their needs.

A courtroom veteran, Peri has taken more than 65 civil and criminal cases to trial. She practices primarily in insurance, with experience in first-party claims, insurance bad faith and extra-contractual litigation. She often provides insurers with complex claims-handling advice, first- and third-party coverage opinions and guidance concerning Texas insurance statutes.

Peri has also litigated in a variety of areas of civil litigation. That breadth of experience has benefited clients ranging from Fortune 100 businesses to sole proprietors. Previously, Peri was a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where she investigated, pled or tried a range of misdemeanor and felony cases.

Peri serves as the practice coordinator of Phelps’ Houston insurance group.

Practice Focus

Experience

  • Monitoring counsel providing coverage advice for COVID-19 business interruption claims.
  • Coverage counsel involving builders’ risk delay claim for construction of residential facility resulting in settlement favorable to the client.
  • Handled numerous property damage claims to commercial properties from Hurricane Harvey.
  • Obtained summary judgment for foreign insurer on policy exclusion in construction defect matter.
  • Handled numerous hail damage claims to residential and commercial properties.
  • Represented insurer in suit by policyholder over two, large commercial properties claimed to have suffered damage from Hurricane Ike. Adverse depositions of Plaintiff’s expert witnesses led to favorable settlement for client (Texas state court).
  • Obtained summary judgment for domestic insurer against suit brought by borrower on force-placed policy on the grounds the borrower lacked standing (U.S. District Court, Southern District, Texas).
  • Obtained favorable settlements for recovery in subrogation on construction defect matters involving masonry work to apartment complexes.
  • Lead counsel for the defense of surplus lines carrier for Hurricane Ike claim by church alleging breach of contract, bad faith, and statutory violations arising from underpayment of the loss. Adverse depositions of Plaintiff’s experts caused Plaintiff to reduce its demand over $1 million (State District Court; Harris County, Texas).
  • Represented alien insurer in Hurricane Ike matters involving business interruption losses to rental property. Prepared the first motion to get ruling that Harris County Standing Orders for Residential Ike claims did not apply to residential property being used for commercial purpose (Texas state court).
  • Coverage opinions interpreting CGL policies concerning construction defects to governmental buildings, involving unique and complex negotiations with other insurers with time on the risk, claims of contribution and subrogation issues (Texas state court).
  • Coverage opinion applying Oklahoma law and federal statutes to a property loss which occurred during non-judicial HUD foreclosure proceedings but before transfer of deed to new owner including analysis of financial interest, rights of redemption, and right of assignment to new owner.

Insights

Publications
  • Insurance Law Report: August 2020 (August, 2020)
  • Insurance Law Report: May 2020 (May, 2020)
  • Insurance Law Report: February 2020 (February, 2020)
  • Co-Author, "Contractual Subrogation in the Aftermath of Mid-Continent," Texas Lawyer (July 2009)
  • Author, "Fifth Amendment Issues in Civil Cases: Asserting, Defending, Preserving, Waiving," The Advocate (July 2008)
  • Author, "Texas Recognizes Social Host Liability for Serving Guests Under 18," It's the Law: Quarterly Legal News (3rd Quarter 2006)
  • Author, "Important Texas Department of Insurance Bulletins Regarding Hurricane Claims," It's the Law: Quarterly Legal News (2nd Quarter 2006)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Winning Litigation Strategies for Judicial Hellholes," presentation for the Great American Insurance Group in Cincinnati, OH (June 2016)
  • HarrisMartin's CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference (September, 2013)
  • "Recent Developments in CAT-Related Coverage Law," HarrisMartin's CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference, Dallas, TX (2013)
  • "Avoiding ‘Bad Faith' in First-party Claims Handling," Scottsdale Insurance Company, Scottsdale, AZ (2007)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Civic

  • Habitat for Humanity, Houston, TX - Volunteer
  • The Seafarers Center, Galveston, TX - Benefactor
  • Brookshire Police Department Annual Motorcycle Toy Run, Brookshire, TX

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Insurance Law (2019-2021), Litigation - Insurance (2017-2021), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2012-2019)
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers - Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
    J.D., 1992
  • Rice University
    B.A. in Political Science and Managerial Studies, 1989

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Monitoring counsel providing coverage advice for COVID-19 business interruption claims.
  • Coverage counsel involving builders’ risk delay claim for construction of residential facility resulting in settlement favorable to the client.
  • Handled numerous property damage claims to commercial properties from Hurricane Harvey.
  • Obtained summary judgment for foreign insurer on policy exclusion in construction defect matter.
  • Handled numerous hail damage claims to residential and commercial properties.
  • Represented insurer in suit by policyholder over two, large commercial properties claimed to have suffered damage from Hurricane Ike. Adverse depositions of Plaintiff’s expert witnesses led to favorable settlement for client (Texas state court).
  • Obtained summary judgment for domestic insurer against suit brought by borrower on force-placed policy on the grounds the borrower lacked standing (U.S. District Court, Southern District, Texas).
  • Obtained favorable settlements for recovery in subrogation on construction defect matters involving masonry work to apartment complexes.
  • Lead counsel for the defense of surplus lines carrier for Hurricane Ike claim by church alleging breach of contract, bad faith, and statutory violations arising from underpayment of the loss. Adverse depositions of Plaintiff’s experts caused Plaintiff to reduce its demand over $1 million (State District Court; Harris County, Texas).
  • Represented alien insurer in Hurricane Ike matters involving business interruption losses to rental property. Prepared the first motion to get ruling that Harris County Standing Orders for Residential Ike claims did not apply to residential property being used for commercial purpose (Texas state court).
  • Coverage opinions interpreting CGL policies concerning construction defects to governmental buildings, involving unique and complex negotiations with other insurers with time on the risk, claims of contribution and subrogation issues (Texas state court).
  • Coverage opinion applying Oklahoma law and federal statutes to a property loss which occurred during non-judicial HUD foreclosure proceedings but before transfer of deed to new owner including analysis of financial interest, rights of redemption, and right of assignment to new owner.
Publications
  • Insurance Law Report: August 2020 (August, 2020)
  • Insurance Law Report: May 2020 (May, 2020)
  • Insurance Law Report: February 2020 (February, 2020)
  • Co-Author, "Contractual Subrogation in the Aftermath of Mid-Continent," Texas Lawyer (July 2009)
  • Author, "Fifth Amendment Issues in Civil Cases: Asserting, Defending, Preserving, Waiving," The Advocate (July 2008)
  • Author, "Texas Recognizes Social Host Liability for Serving Guests Under 18," It's the Law: Quarterly Legal News (3rd Quarter 2006)
  • Author, "Important Texas Department of Insurance Bulletins Regarding Hurricane Claims," It's the Law: Quarterly Legal News (2nd Quarter 2006)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Winning Litigation Strategies for Judicial Hellholes," presentation for the Great American Insurance Group in Cincinnati, OH (June 2016)
  • HarrisMartin's CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference (September, 2013)
  • "Recent Developments in CAT-Related Coverage Law," HarrisMartin's CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference, Dallas, TX (2013)
  • "Avoiding ‘Bad Faith' in First-party Claims Handling," Scottsdale Insurance Company, Scottsdale, AZ (2007)
News

Professional

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Civic

  • Habitat for Humanity, Houston, TX - Volunteer
  • The Seafarers Center, Galveston, TX - Benefactor
  • Brookshire Police Department Annual Motorcycle Toy Run, Brookshire, TX
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Insurance Law (2019-2021), Litigation - Insurance (2017-2021), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2012-2019)
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers - Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine