Rene Sigman is Merlin Law Group’s Regional Litigation Manager running the firm’s Texas operation. She is licensed in Texas, Colorado, and New York and has personally handled thousands of first party litigation cases against insurance carriers since 2002. Throughout her career, she has represented all types of policyholders, including school districts, municipalities, residential, and commercial businesses on their insurance claims. Additionally, Rene is one of the first attorneys that has ever tried a hurricane lawsuit in Texas successfully. Her trials have also included breach of contract, first party bad faith, and UIM cases against insurance companies. Her knowledge and understanding the Texas Insurance Code and laws pertaining to insurance disputes has been instrumental in prevailing as the policyholder’s advocate.
Rene is known for her tenacity, dedication, and unbeatable work ethic in handling every case she touches. She holds her clients’ best interest at heart and her passion for bringing justice to her clients has earned her many accolades and awards, both within her field and among her peers. The cases entrusted to her have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in recovery and settlements and she has extensive experience handling all facets of discovery, including depositions, hearings, and trials.
Over the last decade, her work ethic led to several appointments as plaintiffs’ liaison counsel and steering committees in various hurricane and hail storm multi-district litigation throughout Texas. Rene was instrumental in establishing case management orders used by Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Jefferson County, and Galveston County during Hurricane Ike litigation. She was appointed Plaintiff Liaison Counsel in Harris county and entrusted with negotiating, drafting, meeting, and conferring on Hurricane Ike Litigation on behalf of the Plaintiffs’ bar. As liaison counsel, she met with opposing counsel and the courts to establish procedure and protocol for the handling thousands of hurricane, wind, and hail lawsuits from the beginning of litigation through trial. The case management orders created during this process have been adopted and modified throughout the state of Texas. Recently, in 2018 and 2020, Rene was chosen as one of a handful of attorneys to sit on a committee tasked with coming up with Catastrophe/Natural Disaster protocols and Covid-19 Business loss protocols that would apply in courts around the country. This was a select group of 10 lawyers consisting of Plaintiff attorneys, Defendants attorneys, and Judges across the nation. The work of this committee has benefited cases far and wide across the nation.
Additionally, in 2014 Rene became licensed as an attorney in New York to assist those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Her work on Hurricane Sandy turned the tide on Hurricane Sandy litigation and led to investigations by government agencies into the alleged fraud and the altering of engineering reports by the insurance industry experts and affiliates. This work ultimately led to FEMA reopening the claims process in an attempt to right the wrong for hundreds of Hurricane Sandy flood victims.
Today she is recognized as true pioneer in First-Party Insurance Litigation and one of the best policyholder insurance lawyers in Texas and beyond. She has been named to Super Lawyers and “Texas Rising Star” lists since 2011, an achievement gained through her dedication to her clients. She has been recognized by her peers for outstanding results in consumer protection and insurance. She was also named as one of the Top Woman Attorneys in Texas, as listed in Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly the last three years.
Rene is also an zealous advocate of access to life-saving medicines and procedures for pediatric cancer patients and currently is a Family Advisor to Texas Children’s Hospital as well as becoming a board member of the Be The Match Foundation. Her own son’s journey through cancer and bone marrow transplant highlighted the realities of the health care system in American and Rene has made it a passion of hers to champion the rights of those that have little resources or no voice in that arena. Her work in this arena has lead to her position Rene was recently highlighted in our Success Stories for a case involving a mobile home sustaining water damage. Through her work, our clients were able to receive the full benefits of their policy without any litigation or depositions.
South Texas College of Law
- 2002 Recipient of the South Texas College of Law “Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award”
- 2001 Recipient of the “Best Advocate” award & Semi-finalist in the National White Collar Criminal Mock Trial Championship held at Georgetown University.
- 2001 Regional Semi-finalist at the National Trial Competition
- 2001 Quarter-finalist at the William & Mary Moot Court Competition in Williamsburg, Virginia.
- 2001 Recipient of the “Best Team” & “Best Appellate Brief” awards at the Texas Young Lawyers Association State Moot Court Championship competition.
- Director of Public Relations for South Texas College of Law Board of Advocates
- Past member of the MBA/Law Organization
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
BBA in Business Management