First Party Insurance Litigation
Property Insurance - Of Counsel
In 2014, Houghtaling's career was featured in an hour long CNN documentary episode of Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock. In addition to CNN, Houghtaling’s career has been featured in a documentary on Frontline, and appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Fox News, and more than 100 print and TV media. One of Houghtaling’s high profile corporate fraud cases against a U.S. billionaire served as the basis for the 2017 Hollywood legal thriller, Misconduct, staring Al Pacino as the New Orleans lawyer, and Anthony Hopkins.
John W. Houghtaling is an alumni of Emory University and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Mr. Houghtaling brings diverse experience in insurance litigation:
— In 2005, Houghtaling served as special counsel to the Attorney General of Louisiana in the litigation of policyholder rights in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
— In 2014, Houghtaling was appointed plaintiffs liaison counsel by the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District. He uncovered fraud within the FEMA Flood Insurance program which led to the arrest of a key insurance contractor, a seven figure Federal fine against the largest insurer, and defense counsel, in the NFIP. He represented over a thousand property owners in New York and New Jersey; the legal victories of his team led FEMA to admit that third parties committed fraud to underpay storm victims.
Mr. Houghtaling serves the Arlington Law Office as the lead on Property Insurance Litigation.