Gwen E. (Pilgrim) Bhella – Trial Attorney

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Gwen is a trial attorney. She has litigated cases in state and federal courts across the country in a wide variety of insurance, commercial, employment, and catastrophic death and personal injury cases. Her clients include a number of Fortune 100 businesses, including pharmaceutical companies, automobile manufacturers, trucking companies, insurance and reinsurance providers, and others in high-exposure litigation. Prior to co-founding Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, Gwen practiced with a large, international law firm. She has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers® five times.

PUBLISHED WORKS

“Court Holds ‘Stop-Loss’ Policies Sold to Self-Funded Benefit Plans Constitute Reinsurance Under Texas Law,” author, Insurance Law Update, January 2010.

“Court Clears Confusion Regarding Recoverable Attorney Fees,” author, Insurance Law Update, March 2009.

“Texas Supreme Court Holds Insurer May Appeal Issue Insured Intentionally Waived,” author, Insurance Law Update, December 2008.

“5th Circuit Holds Texas Public Policy Prohibits Insuring Punitives in Wrongful Death Case,” author, Insurance Law Update, June 2008.

“Texas Public Policy Does Not Prohibit Punitive Damage Coverage in Workers‟ Compensation Policies,” author, Sedgwick Insurance Law Flash, February 2008.

“Texas Upholds Coverage Despite Late Notice of Suit,” author, Insurance Law Update, February 2008.

“Chapter 4: Trigger of Coverage,” co-author, Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Deskbook, 2nd Ed., 2007.

“Texas Court Applies Manifestation Trigger to Homeowner‟s Property Damage Claim,” author, Insurance Law Update, December 2007.

“Fifth Circuit Holds Contractors Limitation Endorsement Cannot Trump Explicit Exclusions,” author, Insurance Law Update, August 2007.

“Federal Court Holds DTPA and Insurance Code Claims Do Not Survive Death,” author, Insurance Law Update, May 2007.

“Texas Prompt Payment Statute Penalties Apply Even When Funds Are Interpleaded Within a Reasonable Time,” author, Insurance Law Update, March 2007.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Texas
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

EDUCATION

B.B.A., Baylor University (2001)
J.D., cum laude, Baylor School of Law (2004)