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Jacob Esparza



5151 San Felipe
Suite 400
Houston Texas 77056
United States of America

Office Telephone: +1 (713) 917 0888
Office Fax: +1 (713) 953 9470

Direct Dial (Houston): (713) 706-4904

Mobile: +1 (713) 299-8173 Download VCard

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Jacob handles complex litigation involving the insurance, energy, and transportation sectors. His practice extends to oilfield losses, risk allocation, trucking and aviation losses as well as representing entities engaged in regulatory investigations arising from energy exploration and production activities.

Jacob also represents U.S. and London-based insurers in coverage litigation relating to numerous policy wordings. In 2014 he seconded with a leading global specialty lines insurer where he gained greater understanding of North American property, energy, aviation and casualty claims, which affords him a unique perspective from which to advise clients on coverage concerns and extra-contractual exposures.

Since 2014, Jacob has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of their "Texas Rising Stars" for Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance Coverage and Transportation/Maritime practices.

Recent work includes:

  • Representing major operator in securing additional insurance coverage in excess of $3 million.
  • Secured $2.75 million settlement of insurer’s counterclaim against insured for fraudulent claim for coverage under builder’s risk policy.
  • Obtained a take-nothing arbitration award for oil field services company alleged to have drilled a dry hole at the incorrect location.
  • Jacob is admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, multiple U.S. District Courts in Texas and Colorado, and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.

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The Houston office, which opened on 3 January 2017, established the firm's first office in the USA when HFW merged with leading Texas-based energy and marine firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown LLP, a firm with whom we have been successfully collaborating for several years.

This is a significant strategic development for the firm, underlining the fact that Houston is an important geographical market for HFW and its clients, being a key touchpoint for several of the firm's chosen sectors, including energy, marine and insurance in particular.

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