Anna E. Piel


Anna joined Ekvall & Byrne in 2014.  The focus of her practice is first-party insurance coverage and litigation, where she has over 10 years of experience.  Clients and courts alike appreciate her ability to thoroughly analyze complex insurance issues and communicate them clearly.  Her work enhances results at trial and pre-trial stages of litigation and helps bring many cases to resolution before costly litigation takes its course.  Anna also handles appeals for the firm and provides research, writing and analysis for other facets of the firm’s practice.

Prior Experience:

2007 – 2013
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P.; Fort Worth
Practiced insurance defense and coverage as well as general civil litigation.
Analyzed first-party property cases, advised insurers on litigation strategy, interviewed witnesses, attended property inspections, conducted written discovery, evaluated mediation options, and attended mediation for hurricane litigation.
Assisted with civil litigation, including preparation of petitions, motions, written discovery, and research.

2001 – 2006
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.; Fort Worth
Prepared insurance coverage opinions for surplus lines insurers primarily involving commercial general liability and commercial property policies.
Assisted in federal and state litigation of first-party and third-party insurance matters.
Conducted legal investigations and research for independent school districts.

1998 – 2001
Rohne Hoodenpyle & Lobert, P.C.; Arlington
Served as general counsel to several independent school districts.
Represented individual and corporate clients in general office practice, including employment matters and civil litigation.

Spring 1997
Texas Third District Court of Appeals; Austin; Law Clerk for Chief Justice Jimmy Carroll

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1997
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in English, 1994

Bar Admissions:

Court Admissions:
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Practice Areas:
Insurance Defense
Litigation: Personal Injury
Government Affairs
Administrative Law
Labor and Employment
School Law

Professional Affiliations and Memberships:
State Bar of Texas