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Shelby Raye Holt is a litigator in Winstead’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation with an emphasis in insurance and appellate matters. Shelby has significant experience defending insurance carriers against extra-contractual and statutory bad faith claims involving both residential and commercial insurance. She is also experienced with appellate matters including preparing appellate briefs, mandamus filings, motions to dismiss, summary-judgment motions, expert motions, jury charges, and post-judgment motions in both Texas state and federal courts. 

Representative Experience


  • Obtained nonsuit of all extra-contractual claims against commercial liability insurer in complex product recall coverage action involving national grocery chain
  • Obtained full dismissal of breach of contract and extra-contractual claims against personal auto insurer in Arkansas state court
  • Successfully moved to strike opposing causation expert in multi-million dollar Hurricane Harvey commercial property insurance dispute pending in federal court
  • Obtained full dismissal of commercial auto insurer’s Rule 202 petition to obtain pre-suit discovery in carrier-versus-carrier dispute over commercial auto policy
  • Obtained summary judgment for environmental liability insurer of purported additional insured’s extra-contractual claims and claims for attorney’s fees in environmental pollution coverage case
  • Counseled excess liability carrier in high-profile class action lawsuit against involving alleged traumatic brain injuries


  • Obtained favorable opinion from court of appeals for engineering firm reversing trial court’s order denying motions to dismiss based on plaintiff’s failure to comply with certificate-of-merit requirements of Chapter 150 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
  • Obtained favorable opinion from court of appeals for healthcare providers reversing trial court’s order denying dismissal of health care liability claims for failure to file expert report required by Texas Medical Liability Act
  • Obtained favorable opinion from court of appeals for commercial liability insurer in construction defect case, reversing trial court’s judgment granting motion for new trial and reinstating an order of dismissal on the grounds of abandonment, and successfully defended court of appeals’ decision in state supreme court
  • Obtained favorable opinion from court of appeals for commercial liability insurer denying class action certification in toxic tort case
  • Obtained favorable opinion from court of appeals for commercial property insurer denying insured mandamus relief challenging order compelling discovery of insured’s prior, identical claims for hail damage made to former property insurer

Personal Injury

  • Obtained summary judgment in premises-liability claim on behalf of homeowner

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