Jack W. Higdon’s practice focuses on civil trial and appellate work, with particular emphasis on petrochemical, investment, insurance coverage, and general business disputes. In connection with managing a high-stake, complex litigation docket, Jack has developed significant experience with the application of leading-edge litigation technologies.
- Litigation—Jack handles complex litigation matters and resolves client issues in all contexts (trial, pre-litigation, litigation, arbitration, ADR, and appellate), litigating in both state and federal courts. These disputes vary in terms of both subjects and forums (i.e., commercial contract and business tort disputes, first-party insurance coverage disputes, UCC disputes, construction matters, employer-side trade secret and unfair competition disputes, product liability issues, land use disputes, securities fraud claims, and governmental disputes).
- E-Discovery & Information Management—Jack has a great depth of experience in managing e-discovery strategy and implementation of cost-effective, leading-edge technologies in litigation and pre-litigation contexts, including:
- acting as the co-chair of Blank Rome’s “E-discovery Committee ” (a practice group that oversees Blank Rome’s provision/supervision of e-discovery services to clients)
- authoring a law firm’s internal manual on e-discovery best practices and supervising training of firm attorneys on the subject
- auditing large institutional clients’ computer systems and authoring legal hold policies and training intended to reduce the litigation costs and spoliation risks related to the collection/preservation of electronically stored information
- Sedona Conference—Jack participates as a member of the Sedona Conference, which is a nonprofit legal policy research and education organization of judges, attorneys, and e-discovery experts who are dedicated to resolving e-discovery and information management issues.
Jack is an avid golfer who plays to a single digit handicap and builds his own golf clubs.
- Participating in the prosecution and defense of a series of commercial lawsuits and arbitration proceedings on behalf of a large petrochemical facility owner against its contractors, insurers, and bond sureties, in connection with the client’s off-gas processing plants (resulted in two trials, an arbitration, and verdicts/awards in excess of $100,000,000).
- An international energy company, defending from a $65,000,000 product liability lawsuit involving claims by a product manufacturer that incorporated the client’s lubricant into its finished product.
- Govenmental self-insurance funds, in connection with large-loss self-insurance claims.
A chemical company, assisting with early response and pretrial defense in connection with a state-wide chemical spill.
- American and Canadian petrochemical companies, defending from contract, tort, and trade secret misappropriation claims in relation to the development of propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene facilities.
- An Australian-based upstream company, in prosecuting fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and shareholder oppression claims against a Texas LLC.
- A Texas-based oilfield service company, in several litigation and arbitration proceedings prosecuting breaches of asset purchase agreements and UCC sales disputes.
- An international petrochemical company, defending in litigation involving rail access and land use claims relating to the client’s petrochemical shipping and storage terminals.
- An out-of-state employer, defending against a former employee’s attempt to void noncompetition and forum selection agreements in his employment contract, including briefing, oral argument, and acquiring a favorable, employer-friendly appellate opinion.
- Prosecuting claims on behalf of employer clients against a departing broker and sales personnel in connection with non-compete and trade secret claims (multiple).
- A wealthy corporate investor, in prosecution of commercial tort and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising in context of stock purchase dispute in closely-held business.
- Texas governmental entity employers, defending from employment and constitutional claims (multiple).
- Texas A&M University, BA
- University of Texas School of Law, JD
- U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- American Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Houston Young Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Texas
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