Houston
713.650.2706 Direct
713.650.2400 Fax
jbrown@winstead.com

A widely-respected trial lawyer in both the commercial and insurance realms, Jay is a trusted counselor, a valued advisor, and when necessary, a happy warrior. Reflecting his success in the courtroom, Jay obtained two board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law), was inducted by fellow renowned trial lawyers into the American Board of Trial Advocates, selected for the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, and named multiple years to the Texas Super Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America.

Jay charts the resolution paths on multi-case dockets where efficiency predominates, and also spearheads complex, high-profile litigation in which initiative and proactivity provide mastery over dangerous exposures. He has achieved an exemplary record of jury verdicts and negotiated solutions on lawsuits involving wide-spread catastrophes, complex contracts, fraud, insurance bad faith, deceptive trade practices, civil rights and major accidents.

Jay is highly regarded in the insurance industry and has skillfully navigated numerous commercial property insurers and adjusters through catastrophic claims involving manufacturing facilities, office buildings, retail complexes and refineries, including through the murky waters of first party bad faith disputes.

In the commercial litigation world, Jay is a “go to” lawyer for complex, high exposure business and technical disputes involving high stakes.  He has litigated supply and output contracts, take or pay, and refinery related disputes, and defended a wide spectrum of lawsuits stemming from traumatic oil field and petrochemical refinery accidents, derrick collapses, rotating equipment failures, welding/cutting, confined space events, fires, explosions, oilfield indemnity, and workplace shootings.

His extensive experience allows him to evaluate cases “early on” including realistically identifying actual risk, based not on hyperbolic allegations but on concrete evidence and the likely perceptions of a jury.

Representative Experience

  • Tried numerous property damage, breach of contract, bad faith, fraud, and personal injury cases to verdict.
  • Obtained the second “reverse bad faith” verdict in Texas. Plaintiff suing for bad faith received zero and had $200,000 judgement entered against her in favor of insurer. George Flynn and Lydia Lum, Jury Orders Damages Paid to Defendant, Houston Chronicle, March 11, 1995, at A29. Richard Connelly, Second Plaintiff Stung by Reverse Bad Faith, Texas Lawyer, March 13, 1995, at 4.
  • Achieved hundreds of summary judgments and favorable resolutions in coverage/bad faith suits, commercial property claims arising from catastrophic losses, E & S claims, and liability insurance disputes.
  • Authored of over 100 coverage opinions involving different policy types: Commercial Property, Builder’s Risk, Inland Marine, Data Breach and Cyber Liability, Homeowner’s, CGL, PL, D&O, and EPL (sexual assault / harassment, ADA, discrimination).

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