Thomas G. Jacks

Partner

Dallas

214-346-3725
tjacks@hartlinebarger.com
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Tom Jacks is a trial attorney with experience representing corporations in high-exposure litigation. His expertise spans a diverse landscape of legal areas, from defending against claims of wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, and large property damage to navigating the complexities of construction defect disputes, product liability recalls, and intellectual property infringement. Whether it's commercial and consumer products, oilfield accidents, premises liability, interstate transportation issues, dram shop liability, or construction negligence, Tom possesses the strategic acumen and courtroom prowess to build robust defenses and secure the most favorable outcomes for his clients.

Tom's experience and dedication extend beyond the courtroom. He actively engages in arbitrations for construction defect disputes, advocating for contractors and ensuring fair resolution. He also has experience handling trademark matters before the United States Trademark and Trial Appeal Board (TTAB).

In recent years, he managed thousands of nationwide product liability recall claims pending in multi-district litigation in New York and state courts throughout the country.

Tom is an AV-rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and has been consistently recognized by Texas Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Despite his busy work schedule, he remains very active in numerous organizations. Whether it’s serving on various committees with DRI or coaching at his local YMCA, Tom maintains the same enthusiastic approach to all activities both inside and outside the courtroom.

When he takes a break from the law, Tom shifts his competitive spirit to sports – particularly baseball. He played baseball in college and then coached at the high school and college levels before attending law school.

Education

  • University of Denver, J.D., 2005
  • Millsaps College, B.A., 2000
    • Study Abroad, Central American Institute for International Affairs,1997-1998

Bar + Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products & Retail
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Restaurant & Hospitality

Litigation Experience

  • Construction Defect 
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death 
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability 
  • Property Damage 
  • Recognized among Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Stars by Thompson Reuters (2012 – 2017) 
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Litigation, by Woodward/White, Inc. (2021-2022)
  • Colorado State Bar
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • American Bar Association - Litigation, IP, and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Dallas Bar Association - Commercial Litigation, Young Lawyers, Mock Trial, Law in Schools & the Community, and Fee Dispute Committees
  • Dallas Young Lawyers Association (DAYL)• Denver Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member of the National Steering Committee for Young Lawyers Division
  • Vice Chair, Seminar Planning (2015)
  • Second Vice Chair, Seminar Planning (2014)
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Marketing (2013)
  • Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Marketing (2012)
  • Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Park Cities YMCA: Youth Coach
  • University Park United Methodist Church: Youth Sunday School Teacher
  • Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce: Graduate Leadership Program
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