Panelist Profile: Veitch, Thomas H

Thomas H Veitch

Veitch, Thomas H

San Antonio, TX

Attorney; Mediator; Arbitrator

Education

St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., Dean's List & American Jurisprudence Awards, 1973; Central Michigan University, B.S. Business Administration, 1960.

Experience

Engaged in the practice of law since 1973 in San Antonio, Texas. Langley & Banack, Inc. conducts a general practice in Civil Law. Personal practice focuses on Insurance Law, Claims & Coverage, Wills, Trusts, and Probate Law & Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Witness, Consulting and General Business Law; Previously employed by insurance companies from 1963-1973 in claims, underwriting sales, and management positions.; Prior ownership interest in Commercial Underwriters Insurance Agency, San Antonio, Texas (Founding Partner), 1981–1984; Total experience in insurance field exceeds 43 years; encompasses experience in claims adjusting, underwriting, sales and field management positions, insurance defense work, agency consultation in mergers, acquisitions and valuations, mediation, expert witness/consulting, and similar insurance law matters.

Area of Specialization

Insurance law and claims, bad faith, breach of fiduciary duty, contract law including insurance policies, trust and estate litigation, legal malpractice, insurance agent errors and omissions.

Membership & Affiliations

Insurance and Financial; Member and past President, Honorable Order of Blue Goose (Insurance Social Organization), elected Gander of the Year 1974;  Member and Lecturer, San Antonio Board of Realtors Affiliate, 1980–1986; Past President, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Alamo Chapter, 1974; Part time instructor, San Antonio College, 1972-1982 (Adult Education); Insurance, Life Insurance Law, Estate Planning and Business Planning; Associate Adjunct Faculty, College for Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado, 1981–1983; Director and Chairman of Education Committee, San Antonio Independent Insurance Agents Association, 1983-1984; Vice President of Education, International Association of Financial Planners, San Antonio Chapter, 1983-1984; Nationwide lecturer on Insurance, Estate Planning and Business Law subjects for Insurance Achievement of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1974-1980; American Association of Insurance Management Consultants (AAIMCO), former Vice-President and member on the Board of Directors; Past Chairman of Bylaw Committee, Chartered Life Underwriters CLU, Official Chapter Spokesperson 1992–1994, Board Member at Large, 2005; National governing committee member of the Consulting Litigation and Expert Witness section (CLEW) of the American Society of CPCU, Publications Committee Chair, 1994-2006; Elected to Board of Directors of Texas Legal Protection Plan, Inc., a non-profit insurance company specializing in providing insurance for legal fee expenses, 1996-Present; Presented seminar on Bad Faith Insurance Law to Lloyds of London brokers and personnel in London, England, September, 1996; Speaker at CPCU National Convention, 1997 and 1999; Member of working group appointed by Insurance Commissioner to study Agency Licensing Laws and Recommend Legislative Changes, 1998; Trustee, State Bar of Texas Insurance Trust, 2002-Present; Secretary, 2004-Present; Legal; Texas Bar Association; American Bar Association; San Antonio Bar Association; San Antonio Estate Planners Council; San Antonio Probate Law Association; Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1978–1986; Life Member, Texas Bar Foundation; Charter Member and Board of Directors, San Antonio Bar Foundation, 1995-2004, Board Chair 2002–2003; Diplomate, Court Practice Institute, 1975; College of the State Bar of Texas, 1990-Present; Admitted to Western District of Texas of United States District Court; Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court; Property Insurance Committee of American Bar Association, 20+ years; Past Chairman of Supervising Law Students Committee, San Antonio Bar Association; Past Chairman, Lawyer Referral Committee, San Antonio Bar Association; Past Chairman, Mentor Committee, San Antonio Bar Association; Past member of State Bar of Texas Committee on Professional Competence; Served as Vice Chairman of State Bar of Texas Committee on Prepaid Legal Insurance; Co-Chairman Elder Law Institute jointly sponsored by St. Mary’s University and San Antonio Bar Foundation, 1994; Chairman of Peoples Law School - presenting classes and day-long seminars to the public on various legal subjects - pro-bono, jointly sponsored by St. Mary's University and the San Antonio Bar Foundation, 1995-1996; Board of Directors, St. Mary's Law Alumni, 1996-2000, Secretary, 2000; Chairman, San Antonio Bar Association Law School Committee, 1998; Speaker, Probate and Estate Planning seminars and meetings; Mediation-Arbitration; Committee Member, State Bar of Texas, "Alternate Methods of Resolving Disputes," 1984-1986; American Arbitration Association (AAA), 1993-1995; Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), 1993 to 2000; Member/Chairman of National Insurance Committee, President of Local Chapter, Association of Attorney Mediators (AAM), 1996-1997; Coordinator of ADR Symposiums for CPCU Society (Dallas, March 1996; Nashville, August 1996); Speaker at various ADR and mediation seminars; Panel Member, National Arbitration Forum; JAMS Panel member, 1996-1998; Panel Member, Conflict Solutions of Texas.

Honors

Who's Who in American Insurance; Who's Who in American Law, 1985; Recipient of CPCU Society Standard Setter Award, December 1997; San Antonio Best Lawyers in Trust and Estate Law, 2006; Texas Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage, 2006 and 2007; “The Best Lawyers in America” in Insurance Law specialty, 2007.

Rates

Arbitration, $350 per hour; Mediation, $2,500 per day (negotiable regarding half days)

Hobbies & Interests

Reading, jogging, golf, bridge, traveling, and learning Spanish.

Thomas Veitch is an experienced panelist for Conflict Solutions of Texas, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. CS of TX offers a broad range of services to resolve disputes and are designed to be more cost-effective and timely than conventional arbitration offerings.