Mr. Jefferson is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex commercial, fiduciary litigation, professional malpractice, real estate, construction defect, insurance, employment and tort litigation and regularly tries cases as lead counsel in district, county and probate court as well as arbitration. Mr. Jefferson has tried to verdict cases in four different states. He also provides outside general counsel services to a variety of leading business entities and law firms. In the courtroom, he has handled some of the highest profile lawsuits in Texas. Mr. Jefferson has appeared on numerous national television broadcasts, including CNN, Dateline, Good Morning America and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His strengths involve fiduciary litigation, the law of lawyering, insurance law, and coverage issues involving technology, copyright, intellectual property, and the media, employment law, tort law and real estate and construction law. In 2008, Mr. Jefferson was elected into membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization that certifies only experienced first-chair jury trial attorneys into membership. In 2019, he was awarded the Joseph S. Horrigan Award for Fiduciary Litigation Excellence by the State Bar of Texas. Recently, Best Lawyers named him 2024 Lawyer of the Year in Houston, TX for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants.

Honors & Awards

Elected Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Recepient: The Joseph S. Horrigan Award for Fiduciary Litigation Excellence by the State Bar of Texas, December 2019

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as featured in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2004-2023)

Best Lawyers in America Commercial Litigation, 2015 - 2024

Named as Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Houston, TX for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2024)

Awarded AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

South Texas College of Law Distinguished Alumni Recipient, 2011

Named one of “Houston’s Top Lawyers” by H Texas Magazine, 2017-2020

Outstanding Lawyers of America

Adjunct Professor South Texas College of Law, 1987 – 2003



  • XL Catlin Insurance Group

Professional Affiliations


State Bar of Texas (Insurance, Litigation, and Probate sections)

Houston Bar Association

American Bar Association

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

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Practice Areas



South Texas College of Law, J.D. 1986

    • Order of Barristers
    • Recipient, South Texas Outstanding Advocate Award
    • National Finalist, ABA Moot Court National Championship, 1985
    • Finalist, State Bar Moot Court Cup, 1986
    • Regional Champion and top Individual Oralist, National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 1986
    • Board of Advocates Director

Houston Baptist University, B.A. with honors, 1983

    • Captain, University Debate Squad
    • Kappa Alpha Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior
    • College of Humanities Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior
    • Numerous Intercollegiate Awards for College Debate


  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Texas Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
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