Kevin Jacobs' trial practice focuses on commercial disputes and arbitrations for clients in the energy, chemicals, transportation, and life sciences industries. He has tried over twenty lawsuits, arbitrations, and regulatory proceedings to decision, including eleven jury trials, in five different states. His trial practice is centered on his talent for effectively conveying his clients' stories to juries, judges, and arbitrators. His cases have involved a broad range of claims, including breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, defamation, construction, product liability, premises liability, and other business torts.
He is an active member of the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. When not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, especially on the Little League fields.
- Equistar Chemicals – Equistar Chemicals LP v. GIM Cogeneration Channelview – Represented LyondellBasell subsidiary Equistar Chemical in a breach of contract case arising from a power outage caused by GIM Channelview, which resulted in significant damage to one of Equistar's chemical plants. After a two-week trial, the jury awarded our client almost the full amount sought and awarded GIM Channelview nothing on its counterclaim.
- Renewable Company – Represented solar company in two arbitrations – one resulting in an 8-figure award in its favor and defeating 8-figure counterclaims, and the other resulting in 7-figure award in its favor.
- Pipeline Companies – Represented pipeline companies in contested hearings before the Texas Railroad Commission. Mr. Jacobs has tried 4 merits hearings to decision before the Texas Railroad Commission involving issues of alleged discrimination, market-based and cost-based rates, and other challenges to published tariffs.
- Pipeline Company – Represented pipeline company in AAA arbitration involving nearly $100 million dollars in claims and counterclaims related to joint tariffs.
- Brazos Electric Cooperative – Brazos Electric Power Cooperative v. San Miguel Electric Cooperative and South Texas Electric Cooperative – Represented Brazos Electric Cooperative in litigation involving a joint venture for a lignite-fired electrical generating unit.
- International Oil Company – Represented international oil company and one of its executives in a fraud and tortious interference lawsuit relating to the auction of oil leases in Nigeria. (Brittania–U Nigeria, Ltd. v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., et. al., 866 F.3d 709 (5th Cir. 2017))
- International Oil Company – Represented an international oil company in litigation in multiple jurisdictions (Ireland, France, the Netherlands, the United States, and Singapore) relating to various contractual claims.
- BASF – Nichols v. BASF – Represented BASF in an asbestos-related wrongful death case. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict within two hours of deliberations.
- Oil and Gas Exploration Company – Represented an oil and gas exploration company in the prosecution of a breach of contract claim against a drilling contractor before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and in confirmation and enforcement proceedings in U.S., UK, and Turkish courts. (Frontera Eastern Georgia Ltd. v. ARAR, Inc., 2012 WL 2892380 (5th Cir. July 16, 2012))
- Prudential Insurance Company of America – Represented Prudential Insurance in Texas and Louisiana courts in defending claims related to annuity products, including securing a favorable decision in an ancillary trial before the bankruptcy court (In re Everett, 2014 WL 939371 (Bkrtcy. W.D. La. March 10, 2014))
Awards & Community
Selected to the Law360 Energy Editorial Advisory Board, 2016 and 2017
Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., 2010, 2011 & 2015
Texas Lawbook, The
Personal Jurisdiction for Energy Companies: Texas May Be the Energy Capital of the World, But Not All Disputes Belong HereExternal Article
Texas Oil & Gas Law Journal
Texas Law Book
12th Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL) Symposium