Dallas Commercial Litigation Attorneys Brad Jackson, Cheryl Mann Earn Selections in Best Lawyers in America

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DALLAS – Experienced attorneys Brad Jackson and Cheryl Mann from Dallas’ The Law Offices of Brad Jackson are receiving high marks in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for their work in business lawsuits.

The two attorneys have represented individuals and businesses in all types of commercial litigation for decades. They have been ranked among the top attorneys in Dallas and North Texas multiple times in Best Lawyers.

Best Lawyers honorees are selected based on nominations from other lawyers recognized in the exclusive listing before. The Best Lawyers research team and the publication’s editors make the final selections among the attorneys with the most nominations from their peers.

Recent Firm Victories

Mr. Jackson, Ms. Mann, and fellow firm attorney Patrick Fang won a judgment of more than $650,000 against the City of Dallas earlier this year in a lawsuit over a disputed strip of property in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. The total amount awarded to the firm’s clients exceeded $850,000 with prejudgment interest.

Last year, the attorneys from The Law Offices of Brad Jackson helped the family of a local woman win a $7.53 billion verdict against a Fortune 100 company. Evidence in the trial showed that the company failed to conduct a proper background check and to properly supervise its employee who murdered an 83-year-old woman in her home in Irving. The verdict was the largest jury award in the U.S. last year and was recognized as the Courtroom View Network’s Most Impressive Plaintiffs Verdict of 2022.

In addition to the Best Lawyers recognition, Mr. Jackson was again named among the Best Lawyers in Dallas this spring by the publishers of D Magazine for his work in business lawsuits. The firm is also recognized on the Best Law Firms list published by Best Lawyers in recognition of its work for clients in commercial disputes.


Attorneys from Dallas’ Law Offices of Brad Jackson Earn Texas Super Lawyers Honors

DALLAS – Experienced Texas business attorneys Brad Jackson and Cheryl Mann of The Law Offices of Brad Jackson in Dallas are recognized as two of the state’s top trial attorneys for companies on the 2022 Texas Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters.

Both lawyers are featured on the 2022 roster of Texas’ leading legal practitioners based on nominations from other business litigation attorneys across the state and an extensive research process conducted by the list’s editors. The exclusive Super Lawyers list includes the top 5 percent of attorneys in Texas.

Jackson, Mann Earn High Marks for Business Law

Mr. Jackson, Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has represented companies and individuals in significant legal matters for decades. His track record in Texas courtrooms includes multimillion-dollar wins for businesses and families. He also has successfully defended numerous business clients against claims seeking millions of dollars.

Like Mr. Jackson, Ms. Mann has earned repeated selections on the Super Lawyers list based on years of work for clients in cases involving various legal issues. In addition to handling business disputes, she and Mr. Jackson have helped clients prevail in lawsuits over contested contracts, breaches of fiduciary duty, probate and trust matters, and legal appeals, among others.

Firm Victories Lead to Super Lawyers Rankings

The Law Offices of Brad Jackson has proudly represented clients in North Texas and throughout the state for more than 30 years. The firm’s recent victories for clients include:

Experienced Attorneys at Dallas’ Law Offices of Brad Jackson Again Ranked Among Nation’s Best for Business Lawsuits

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Firm attorneys Brad Jackson and Cheryl Mann of Dallas’ The Law Offices of Brad Jackson have been named two of the country’s top lawyers for business lawsuits in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Jackson, who is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Ms. Mann have earned selection in the annual Best Lawyers listing for years.

The firm recently helped the daughters of an elderly North Texas woman win a record-setting $7.3 billion negligence verdict against Charter Communications after a field technician for the company’s Spectrum division brutally stabbed their mother to death. The verdict handed down in late July is one of the five largest jury awards in U.S. history.

Jurors heard how Charter/Spectrum failed to properly screen the employee who killed Betty Jo Thomas, 83, a day after fixing a fax machine at her home in Irving. He arrived wearing a Spectrum uniform and driving a Spectrum van even though he was off the clock. After entering her home and killing Ms. Thomas, the technician stole her credit card and went on a spending spree before being arrested. He was sentenced to life in prison last year after pleading guilty to murder.

Jury Assesses Punitive Damages

In addition to more than $300 million in actual damages, the jury assessed $7 billion in punitive damages against Charter/Spectrum after hearing evidence that the company relied on forged documents to try to force Ms. Thomas’ family to bring their case before an arbitration panel instead of a jury. The scheme failed, and the jury responded with the massive award in Goff, et al. v. Holden, et al., No. CC-20-01579-E, in Dallas County Court-At-Law No. 5.

Based in Dallas, The Law Offices of Brad Jackson provides decades of experience representing clients in Texas and across the nation. Brad Jackson is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm handles practically every type of business dispute, as well as cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Sparks Legal Business Interruption, Force Majeure Issues

Business interruption amid coronavirus

The coronavirus/COVID-19 has forced many business owners to go to battle with their insurance companies over coverage for business interruption claims while others are trying to amend company contracts under the legal term known as force majeure.

As often happens, the language used in individual insurance policies and business contracts will determine the outcome regardless of whether they were signed before the coronavirus became part of our daily lives.

COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Claims

Many restaurants have filed lawsuits against their insurers for denying or potentially attempting to deny business interruption coverage based on policy language. Some of the earliest business interruption lawsuits included:

One hurdle for restaurants and other companies that are considering business interruption lawsuits is that many insurance policies have been updated in recent years to include clauses that limit coverage for viruses and bacteria. Insurers began adding this language following the SARS and EBOLA outbreaks. Another obstacle is that many policies contain language that is tied solely to property damage.

Fortunately, there are potentially ways to approach such barriers. One example that may apply is if a company is not able to acquire all the supplies necessary to sell to customers and maintain normal business operations.

In this instance, the company may be able to seek coverage under its commercial property insurance if the policy includes contingent business interruption coverage, and the supply shortage can be tied to the coronavirus.

This type of coverage costs extra, but many business owners agreed to the additional charge when they signed their policy, even though they might not be able to decipher it when reading the language themselves. That’s where an experienced lawyer can help.

Force Majeure and Coronavirus

In the legal world, a force majeure clause allows the parties to a contract to be relieved of their contractual obligations if doing so is prevented by unforeseeable circumstances beyond their control. As with insurance policies, the language of each contract will eventually determine to what extent each party is legally required to honor their obligations.

Courts typically determine when force majeure applies based on whether the event is covered in the contract language, if it could have been predicted or otherwise avoided or managed, and whether honoring the contract is actually impossible or simply financially unfeasible.

If a contract includes a force majeure option for viruses or pandemics, then it is hard to imagine there would be an issue. However, since many contractual agreements do not anticipate viruses/pandemics, it will be up to a judge to decide whether force majeure should apply.

There is a lot of current uncertainty about when force majeure can be applied based on the different ways contracts have been impacted by government-ordered shutdowns.

What is certain is that any business owner who thinks they may be unable to honor an existing contract should talk to an experienced contract lawyer. One of the first things a reasonable attorney will recommend is to notify the other contract party why your company or may not be able to honor the contract terms and what you are doing or have done to find a solution.

Be Prepared for COVID-19 Legal Issues

Above are just a few of the legal scenarios facing today’s business world in the wake of the coronavirus/COVID-19. The full extent of how this pandemic will impact business interruption claims and a company’s ability to effectively invoke force majeure may not be known for many weeks or months.

That is why it is so important for companies to get in front of these issues now by reviewing their insurance policies and business contracts with someone who knows the law. The Law Offices of Brad Jackson has handled many similar cases and we invite you to contact us today for more information about how we may be able to help you.