Michael Jacobellis Partner

     

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Mike Jacobellis focuses his practice on general tort liability defense, commercial liability, workers’ compensation and professional liability, including medical malpractice and allied health care professionals. Mike has experience handling cases throughout Texas, and has tried more than 150 cases to jury verdict in federal and state courts throughout the state. He has argued appeals in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Beaumont Court of Appeals, the Houston Courts of Appeal and the Tyler Court of Appeal. Mike has represented doctors in professional liability matters and in commercial litigation, and has handled numerous medical malpractice cases involving physicians, hospitals, nurses and nursing homes.

Mike served as a law clerk to Judge Joe J. Fisher, Chief Judge, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Texas. 

Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty
Mike has defended a broad spectrum of general liability matters, including premises liability, workplace injury non-subscriber cases, vehicle-related matters and other forms of personal injury cases. His experience includes the defense of professional liability claims and product liability claims.

Trucking & Transport
Mike has represented trucking companies in state and federal courts throughout Texas in litigation involving severe personal injuries and fatalities.

Product Liability
Mike focuses on the defense of product liability claims asserted against a wide variety of products, including claims for design, manufacturing and marketing defects. He also has experience defending manufacturers and designers of motorcycle helmets, lithium-ion batteries, seismic drilling equipment, and industrial/oil field equipment, among others.

Workers’ Compensation
Mike has a particular command of Texas Workers’ Compensation law and served as a consultant to Matthew Bender’s Texas Workers’ Compensation Handbook. He handles Texas workers’ compensation cases at all levels of the administrative process, including judicial review of final administrative orders. 

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