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Jack McKinley

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(713) 260-1607
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Jack has practiced almost exclusively in the areas of coverage and appellate law since 1990, except for the occasional foray into civil rights defense or commercial litigation. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Texas School of law and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas. Jack is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Jack joined the firm in 2000, having been a longstanding partner with Brian Chandler since 1981 at a prior law firm.

Jack was a board certified personal injury trial lawyer in the 1980s, including maritime and civil rights lawsuits, but left that field in 1990 for an insurance coverage and appellate practice. Jack’s work since 1990 has consisted of writing coverage opinions, litigating coverage and extra-contractual lawsuits, and handling appeals. His extra-contractual lawsuits are primarily third party—defending an insurer in a dispute over the existence of liability coverage. Jack has tried at least 30 lawsuits, handled almost 50 appeals, and written or edited more than 1,000 coverage opinions. He seeks to avoid trial via summary judgment yet—unlike many coverage lawyers—he has extensive and successful trial experience.


University of Texas Law School
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1979
Texas International Law Journal

University of Texas
Bachelor of Arts, History, 1976
Phi Beta Kappa

Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, California
May 1973 to December 1974

Professional Honors and Activities:


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for all districts of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation


Multiple insurance coverage papers for law school CLE seminars.