David Jones
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David W. Jones

Partner

For 27 years, David Jones has represented plaintiffs and defendants in commercial lawsuits and arbitrations across the country. Whether it is high stakes litigation for a Fortune 500 company or a claim involving individuals, David identifies the key issues and presents them in a simple story for the court, jury, or tribunal.

With an emphasis on insurance and energy, David represents policyholders in coverage dispute involving all types of polices including general liability, property & casualty, title, employers liability, environmental liability, professional liability, directors & officers liability, and business interruption. He also advises and represents lessees, operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers, and other stakeholders in onshore and offshore commercial disputes and oilfield accident litigation and investigations. David leads the Firm’s Class Action/Multidistrict Litigation and Insurance practices.

Represented Cameron International Corporation (blowout preventer manufacturer) in the Gulf oil spill Multidistrict Litigation. After six weeks of trial, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found that Cameron was not liable to any claimant and entered an order completely dismissing Cameron from the litigation. 

Served as lead counsel for Cameron as a party-in-interest before the United States Coast Guard/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Board of Investigation into the Marine Casualty, Explosion, Fire, Pollution and Sinking of Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon.

Represented waste disposal company in insurance action seeking coverage for environmental liabilities at hundreds of sites throughout the United States. 

Represented multinational oil company in insurance action seeking coverage for environmental liabilities and property damage arising from a fire and release from a well pad in the Marcellus Shale.

Represented multinational construction company in insurance action seeking coverage for property damage occurring during pipeline construction.

Represented operators in numerous lawsuits with lessors involving royalties, development, drainage, and surface use in Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin.

Representative Experience

Represented Cameron International Corporation (blowout preventer manufacturer) in the Gulf oil spill Multidistrict Litigation. After six weeks of trial, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found that Cameron was not liable to any claimant and entered an order completely dismissing Cameron from the litigation. 

Served as lead counsel for Cameron as a party-in-interest before the United States Coast Guard/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Board of Investigation into the Marine Casualty, Explosion, Fire, Pollution and Sinking of Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon.

Represented waste disposal company in insurance action seeking coverage for environmental liabilities at hundreds of sites throughout the United States. 

Represented multinational oil company in insurance action seeking coverage for environmental liabilities and property damage arising from a fire and release from a well pad in the Marcellus Shale.

Represented multinational construction company in insurance action seeking coverage for property damage occurring during pipeline construction.

Represented operators in numerous lawsuits with lessors involving royalties, development, drainage, and surface use in Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Texas Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Fellow, State Bar of Texas Foundation

Awards and Rankings

Named in Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law, 2016 - 2021


Named in Benchmark Litigation - Future Star, 2013 - 2021

Recognized in Chambers USA:  Litigation: General Commercial (Texas), 2017 - 2018


Named in Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers - Insurance Coverage, 2014 - 2020


Named in US News Best Lawyers, Insurance, 2012

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Publications and Presentations

Introduction of American Law Institute Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, March 2019

Community Involvement

Advisory Board, Aperio Music for the Americas

Houston Gator Club, Board Member

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1994
- Order of the Coif
- Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
- Associate Justice, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board

B.S., University of Florida, Fisher School of Accounting, with high honors, 1991

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas