Funeral services will be Friday for Mark Kincaid, a prominent Austin lawyer with a passion for politics and fighting for the underdog, particularly those battling insurance companies.
An expert on insurance law, Kincaid was appointed by then-Gov. Ann Richards to serve as head the Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel, a state agency that represents consumers in regulatory matters, in the mid-1990s. A trial and appellate lawyer, he continued to represent people and businesses in insurance disputes as a partner in the Austin law firm of George, Brothers, Kincaid & Horton.
"He handled a lot of the significant cases involving policyholder rights in Texas," said B. Russell Horton, a partner in the Austin firm and a friend for 20 years. "He did anything to help the policyholder and make sure the coverage they were entitled to was what they received. It's what got him out of bed each day."
Kincaid, 56, had a stroke Dec. 31 and did not regain consciousness before he died Tuesday with family members nearby.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth St., followed by a 4:30 p.m. reception on the rooftop patio of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Kincaid was president-elect of the association - he was to serve his term in 2017 - and frequently met with legislators and testified on insurance and consumer issues at the Capitol.
"He was very successful professionally, but what motivated him was using his keen intellect on behalf of people who were damaged by negligence or defective products, or an insurance company that did not live up to its obligations," said Jeffrey Simon, current president of the association. "To have a lawyer that good who's so dedicated to those causes was very special."
Kincaid, who taught insurance litigation for the past 10 years as an adjunct professor at University of Texas School of Law, had a quiet demeanor that could not hide the force of his intellect, said Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
"He was very smart. He had excellent skills as a lawyer. But above all else, he was one of the most caring men I've known," Watson said.
Kincaid is survived by his wife, Joan Erlinger Kincaid; son William, 9; and two adult sons from a prior marriage, Connor and Matthew Kincaid.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 20, 2016.