Bar and Court Admissions
- State Court: Texas
- U.S. District Court: Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas
- England & Wales
- University of Westminster, Legal Practice Course, 2000
- University of Westminster, London, Common Professional Examination, 1998
- University of Liverpool, MA in Historical Research, 1996
- University of North Texas, BA in History and German, cum laude, 1993
Past Professional Experience
- Clausen Miller LLP, Assistant Solicitor, 2005-2008
- Clyde & Co, Assistant Solicitor, 2000-2005
- University of Westminster, Visiting Lecturer on International Commercial Mediation, LLM DPR, 2000-2008
- Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution "CEDR", ADR Case Manager, 1998-2000
Jason is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales and a licensed attorney in Texas. He has unique experience of practicing law in the U.S. and England. Jason focuses on complex U.S. insurance disputes and London arbitrations under U.S. law and has resolved disputes through litigation, arbitration, appraisal, mediation, and negotiation in the U.S. and England. He primarily handles first-party insurance coverage and subrogation disputes involving energy, property, power, engineering, and industrial risks that often include complicated business interruption issues. Prior to joining Zelle Hofmann, he worked as an English solicitor with leading firms in the London market.
He has also handled disputes involving third-party coverage and defense, EU Competition, product liability, transport, political risk, credit risk, commodities and general commercial issues. Jason acts as a commercial mediator for CEDR. He regularly lectures and writes on emerging topics and key insurance-law issues.
Jason frequently represents international insurance markets and individual market members. He has experience with "shared and layered" insurance products as well as insurance programs created under U.S. law allowing risk purchasing groups and group commercial, multi-location policies. Jason has represented individual carriers as well as entire markets made up of U.S. domestic and foreign carriers with primary and excess layers of coverage.
Jason has represented insurers in a series of London arbitrations under U.S. law. This usually involves compelling London arbitration (in U.S. courts and the High Court of England & Wales) and representing insurers in London arbitration. He has handled AAA, ARIAS, ICC, LCIA, and ad-hoc arbitrations in London and New York.
Hurricanes, floods, fires, explosions, hail, windstorms, tornadoes, and mechanical failures generate losses for insurers in often difficult U.S. jurisdictions. Jason represents insurers facing catastrophe-related coverage and measurement disputes involving refineries, industrial facilities, off-shore energy infrastructure, commercial property, wind turbines, and apartment complexes.
Energy and Power Claims
Jason has significant experience handling coverage and quantum disputes arising from refinery, on-shore energy installation, chemical manufacturer, turbine failure, and power infrastructure losses. These losses are often technical and involve complicated business interruption claims. He has also drafted policy wordings and bespoke endorsements for insurers.
In addition to the U.S. and England & Wales, Jason has experience of handling losses in jurisdictions around the world: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Russia, Singapore, Belize, and Venezuela.
CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Defense of an international insurance market in ARIAS arbitration in London under Delaware law in connection with a multi-hundred million dollar Gulf Coast refinery dispute.
Defending Bermudian insurers in a series of London arbitrations under U.S. law following property insurance claims after Hurricane Ike and other weather events in the U.S. and Caribbean.
Recovery counsel for a North American headquartered multi-national in connection with a multi-hundred million dollar EU Competition claim.
Subrogation counsel in a $5 million power plant loss in Nevada, a $20 million Hurricane Isaac commercial property loss, and a construction project loss in Washington D.C.
PREVIOUS REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Represented a global insurance market in ad-hoc London arbitration under New York law following a $500 million business interruption claim from a Gulf Coast refinery.
Coverage advice for London market insurers in connection with an explosion at a chemical plant following a power outage.
Represented U.S. domestic insurers in the resolution of a series of Hurricane Ike property claims from a risk purchasing group(s).
Coverage advice for a London insurer in connection with a turbine failure attributed to the lack of compliance with a turbine manufacturer’s Long Term Service Agreement.
Represented international insurance markets on well blow-out losses in Texas. (Coverage and defense of insured.)
Represented international property insurance market in a £15m ICC arbitration concerning a heavy engineering claim against German manufacturers of an insured cement plant in England.
Represented liquidators in respect of the insolvency of an English company controlled by Russian interests. Creditors and interested parties with opposing and local counsel in Houston, New Orleans, Russia, Norway, Singapore and England. Ad hoc arbitration in Russia and London in respect of five seismic streamer losses in the Indian Ocean.
Defended London market insurers against a large international bank in an AAA arbitration against a US$20m claim for expropriation and devaluation following emergency legislation in Argentina in 2002.
Articles & Presentations
"'Loss' In Translation: Insurers Beware," Insurance Law360, February 19, 2015, co-author
"Primer On Civil And Common Law For The Int’l Insurer," Insurance Law360, October 31, 2014, co-author
"Insurance In Brazil: A Reinsurance Perspective," Insurance Law360, August 14, 2014, co-author
"Primer On Underwriting Insurance Risks In Argentina," Insurance Law360, June 19, 2014, co-author
“Power and Utilities Business Interruption Insurance Roundtable,” December 3, 2013, co-presenter
“Problems with Civil Authority Clauses,” London Business Interruption Association, December 2, 2013, presenter
"U.S. Law and Jurisdiction," Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, June 6, 2013, co-presenter
“Contingent Business Interruption,” Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, May 24, 2013, co-presenter
"U.S. Law and Jurisdiction," Lloyd's Under 30's seminar, May 17, 2013, co-presenter
"Myths and Realities of Bad Faith Claims in the U.S.," Lloyd's Under 30's seminar, May 17, 2013, co-presenter
“The Role of Space Technologies in the Surveillance of Major Threats, Including Space Weather,” 17th Annual Space Conference, Rome, Italy, May 9, 2013, co-presenter
“To Litigate or to Arbitrate? What to do and where to do it,” Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, April 22, 2013, co-presenter
"Only A Matter of Time - Prepare for Geomagnetic Storms," Insurance Law360, February 21, 2013, co-author
The Impact of Solar Flares on Power Infrastructure, London Power Forum 2012
"Practice Note: Primer on (Re)insurance Market and Dispute Resolution in England & Wales," MReBA Cover Notes, Spring 2011 issue, author
"Underwriting The Wind," Insurance Law360, December 20, 2010, co-author
"Insurers and Regional Cap-and-Trade Programs: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative," TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2010, co-author
"MReBA Whistle-stop Tour of London: Highlights of the London Insurance Market; English Litigation; and English Arbitration," Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association Meeting, November 10, 2010, presenter
"Myths and Realities of Bad Faith Claims in the United States," London, September 2010, presenter
"Are U.S. Insurers Ready For Cap and Trade?," Insurance Law360, August 13, 2010, co-author
"Bad Faith in Middle America," Xchanging Seminar, London, March 25, 2010, presenter
The Changing Climate of Insurance, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, August 2, 2009, speaker
"Carbon reduction efforts present liabilities, opportunities" Business Insurance, August 20, 2007
"Fortune Favours the Brave – Insurance in China" Post Magazine, July 19, 2007
"World of Opportunity" Post Magazine, March 22, 2007
"Green Light for Green Technology" Post Magazine, March 15, 2007
"What Price a Blackout" Post Magazine, March 8, 2007
"Working for the Green Trade" Post Magazine, March 1, 2007
"Emission Permission" Post Magazine, November 10, 2005
"Refusal to mediate – latest wisdom is judge each case on its merits" Lloyd's List, May 19, 2004
- Law Society of England & Wales
- American Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- CEDR Direct Commercial Panel Mediator