Scott S. Margraves CIC

Mr. Scott S. Margraves CIC

Gulf Coast Risk Management LLC
Mobile: 713-416-9000
Office: 713-416-9000

Nationally recognized as one of the top insurance professionals, Scott Margraves has over thirty years of “hands on” commercial property & casualty experience. As a front-line producer, partner, & agency owner, Scott weathered five major hurricanes, three “five-hundred-year floods” and multiple catastrophic fire claims. Expertise includes Bad Faith, Agent E&O, Surety Bonds, Underwriting, Landlord Tenant Leases, Certificates of Insurance.

Areas of Expertise
  • Bad Faith
  • Construction Insurance
  • Insurance - General
  • Insurance Agency
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Insurance Customs & Practices
  • Insurance Excess & Surplus Lines
  • Marine Insurance
  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Workers Compensation Insurance

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Licensed General Lines Agent - Texas
Licensed Risk Manager - Texas
Certified Insurance Counselor - 1999
Bachelor of Science in Economics - Texas A&M University - 1985
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) – Associate Member
American Association of Insurance Management Consultants (AAIMCo) – Professional Member
Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) – Insurance Agent & Broker Committee
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) – Fellow
Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) – Certificate for 20 Years of Leadership
Independent Insurance Agents of Houston (IIAH) – Past President
Reveille Club of Houston - Past President
IIAT IMPACT Region 10 – Past Chairman
Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) – Member
Houston Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) – Member
Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Houston – Government Affairs Committee – Past Member
Houston Risk Management Society of Houston – Past Member
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Lifetime Committeeman - WCBBQ Committee
12th Man Foundation – Council of Athletic Ambassadors – Past Member
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: “Strategies for Defending Agents in Error and Omissions Insurance Cases: Protecting Against Misrepresentations on Certificates of Insurance,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 15, Issue 3, 2023

Presenter – “Cyber Insurance – Where in the World Is Coverage?” – Insurance Academy - 2024
Panelist – “Surviving A Hard Market,” – Insurance Academy - 2023
Guest Lecturer – Certificates of Insurance, BMCC RMI 2020 – 2023
Guest Lecturer – Certificates of Insurance, AAIMCo Conference 2021

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 15
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Property Casualty Bad Faith Agent E&O Agency customs and practices
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 2
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2021
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 15
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: none
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 14 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting litigation support reports analysis
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: 400
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: 400
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: 400
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: 400
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Portal Hourly Rate: time expended traveling to and from any portal - 50% of regular hourly rate
Travel by Air or Train: Round-trip ticket for business or coach class
Travel by Personal Automobile: Equal to the IRS mileage allowance for business use of a personal car
Car Rental: Mid-sized rental car and associated expenses or Ride Sharing App
Lodging: Cost of a single room at a Marriott or affiliated hotel
Meals: The actual cost of any meals while traveling
Deposition/Court Cancellation: Three (3) hour charge applies if cancelled/rescheduled within 36 hours of scheduled event.
Other Expenses: The actual costs incurred from postage, notary, delivery, photography, reproduction of documents, administrative tasks, preparation of exhibits, use of database services (such as Westlaw, IRMI), or other reasonable expenditures


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