One of the most outstanding lawyers I have worked with in insurance.
Chambers USA

Partner Tamara Bruno leads the Texas section of Pillsbury’s Insurance Recovery & Advisory practice, recently named a 2022 “Insurance Practice Group of the Year” by Law360, from Houston, though her practice spans the nation.

She advises companies and institutional policyholders on complex and cutting-edge issues involving insurance and risk, and represents clients in high-stakes litigation involving insurance coverage disputes. Her experience spans a wide range of business insurance, including property and casualty coverage and a variety of liability coverages. Her primary focus is on specialized insurance coverages, including directors & officers liability, cyber, commercial crime and professional liability insurance. Bruno advises and represents policyholders in all industries, including energy, technology, hospitality and consumer products. 

Tamara is widely recognized for her work and expertise. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Law360 and Chambers USA for her notable successes in insurance litigation and was named a Law 360 MVP in September 2021 and an Insurance Rising Star by the International Financial Law Review in their 2020 Americas Rising Star Awards. Additionally, Tamara served on Law360’s 2020 Insurance Editorial Board and is a member of The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board. She served two terms as an elected council member for the Insurance Law Section of the Texas State Bar and is currently serving her second term on the board of directors for the Corporate Counsel section of the Houston Bar Association. She regularly writes and speaks on insurance law topics.

Professional Highlights

  • Insurance MVP, Law360 (2021)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA in Insurance (2017 – 2021), and included as one of only three Star Associates Nationwide in any practice area in 2019.
  • Insurance Rising Star, International Financial Law Review (2020)

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  • Member, The American Lawyer Young Lawyer Editorial Board (2018)
  • Insurance Rising Star, Law360 (2017)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC), Insurance Law (2021 – 2024); Litigation – Insurance (2024).
  • Member of the Insurance Recovery & Advisory practice, named by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year in 2010, 2015, 2016, 2020 and 2022.
  • “Insurance Issues from the Texas Winter Storms,” Houston Bar Association Webinar (March 8, 2021). Panelist.
  • “Mediating Insurance Coverage Disputes,” Dallas Bar Association Webinar (March 2, 2021). Panelist.
  • “ADR Section & Insurance Law State Bar Section Joint Remote CLE,” Austin Bar Association Webinar (January 26, 2021).
  • RIMS Houston Chapter Board, Advisor – Legal (2019)
  • “Oil & Gas Industry Cyber Table Top Breach,” 74th PLIMC, Scottsdale, AZ (November 15, 2018).
  • “Policyholder Legal Update,” 74th PLIMC, Scottsdale, AZ (November 14, 2018).
  • “A Roadmap for Young Insurance Litigators,” ABA Women in Insurance Network Conference (November 8, 2018).
  • “Cyber Risk in Operations,” RIMS Houston Fall Conference (October 23, 2018).
  • “Coverage for Sexual Harassment Claims and Other Bad Conduct,” Texas Bar Advanced Insurance Law Conference 2018, San Antonio (June 29, 2018).
  • “Insurance Law Lessons from Popular Culture,” Houston RIMS Luncheon, Houston (June 20, 2018).
  • “Protecting Our Pastimes: Risk Management and Insurance for Sports and Other Entertainment Events,” 2018 National RIMS Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 18, 2018).
  • Member and Committee Chair, Council for the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • “The Storm After the Storm – Preparing For and Handling Hurricane and Other Property Claims,” 73rd PLIMC, Tulsa, OK, (November 7, 2017).
  • “Total Recall: The Ins and Outs of Coverage for Product Recalls and Chipotle-Like Incidents,” 21st Annual University of Texas Insurance Law Institute, Houston (November 2016).
  • “Policyholder Legal Update,” Pipeline Insurance Managers Conference, The Woodlands, Texas (November 2016).
  • “Through the Eyes of an Insurance Lawyer: What They See in Your Policies That You Need to Know,” 2016 CLE Marathon, Houston and Austin, Texas (October 2016).
  • “Attorney’s Eye-View: How Coverage Counsel Evaluates Issues Raised by Insurance Policy Provisions,” RIMS Houston Chapter, Texas (July 2016).
  • “Developments in Energy Insurance,” 20th Annual University of Texas Insurance Law Institute, Dallas (November 2015).


  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 2009

    B.F.A., New York University, 2005


  • New York