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Catherine L. Hanna

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Austin, TX

Hanna & Plaut, L.L.P.
Southwest Tower, 211 East 7th Street, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-472-7700
Fax: 512-472-0205
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1991
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Appellate
Attorney Profile

A partner at Hanna & Plaut, L.L.P., Catherine L. Hanna focuses her practice on the representation of insurance companies at both the trial and appellate levels. From the firm's office in Austin, Texas, she handles coverage issues as well as bad faith disputes involving all types of insurance policies. Ms. Hanna has practiced insurance defense for her entire career, and she has been able to secure favorable outcomes in cases involving fraudulent and frivolous claims. Highly regarded by her fellow attorneys, she has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Hanna is a 1984 graduate of Texas Tech University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in history. She pursued her legal education at Stanford Law School and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1988. While in law school, Ms. Hanna interned with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. After graduation, she joined a prominent San Francisco firm practicing business and insurance coverage litigation before moving to Austin in 1990. Admitted to practice in Texas and California, Ms. Hanna is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

A fellow of both the Austin Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, Ms. Hanna is an active participant in several other professional organizations. Her memberships include the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Austin Bar Association and the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Active in her community as well, Ms. Hanna serves on the City of Austin's Library Commission, and she has been a member of the board of trustees of the Round Rock Independent School District.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Insurance Coverage
  • 30%Appellate
Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Appeals


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

About Catherine L. Hanna

First Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • City of Austin’s Library Commission
  • Past-chair, Social Services Subcommittee, Women's Resource Fair
  • President of the Board & Board of Trustees, Round Rock Independent School District
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • State of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for all Districts in Texas
  • Texas
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Council, Insurance Section of the State Bar of Texas (Insurance Section)

Educational Background

  • Texas Tech University, BA., 1984

Representative Clients

  • American Independence Insurance Company
  • Meadowbrook Insurance Group
  • Western Mutual Insurance Company
  • Atlas General Agency
  • American Empire
  • American Southern Insurance Company
  • State Farm Insurance Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Catherine was a speaker at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Insurance Law Seminar held in June 2016 in San Antonio, Texas., Advance Insurance Law
  • Co-Presenter on topic of Insurance Issues Involved in Financial Crisis, Presenter, ABA Section Of Litigation Insurance Coverage, 2009
  • Presented on the topic of bad faith and claims handling at Austin and Dallas annual presentations., Presenter, Current Bad Faith issue, Parker Claims Seminar, 2009
  • Presented at PLRB Large Loss Conference in Tampa, Florida, November 2009., Presenter, Ordinance or Law Coverage, PLRB, 2009
  • January meeting., Presenter, Current Issues in Property Appraisal, Dallas Claims Association, 2010


  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuter Business, Insurance Coverage, 2016
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Office Location for Catherine L. Hanna

Southwest Tower
211 East 7th Street, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-472-7700

Fax: 512-472-0205

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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