GROWING WITH OUR CLIENTS

Texas born and raised more than a century ago, Jackson Walker continues to advance the world of business by helping companies of all sizes navigate today’s increasingly complex, interconnected legal landscape. We’re a law firm that knows business. One where success is defined by our strong relationships and our deep experience. One where our confident, yet approachable lawyers always have your back and are willing to do what is needed to solve your most pressing problems.

At Jackson Walker, we believe that the service, value, and experience we provide for our clients speak for themselves. And sometimes, our clients speak for us, as in these excerpts from clients’ reviews in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business:

“Jackson Walker lawyers are very efficient in how they perform and very attuned to the needs of the client.”

“First-rate service that was both strategic and cost effective…”

“There was never a time they weren’t brilliantly prepared with every detail.”

Who We Are

With more than 350 attorneys across seven offices, our attorneys represent Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, major financial institutions, insurance companies, and a wide range of public companies and private businesses worldwide. We pride ourselves on being the kind of attorneys that clients enjoy working with.

How We Work

While we proudly call Texas home, we provide clients comprehensive services in a broad range of practice areas, and our reach extends around the globe. With one-third of our legal work coming from clients who have been with us for 10 or more years, our team focuses on enhancing client value and effective project management.

What We Value

Our values stem from our goal of creating a positive impact in all that we do. Jackson Walker plays a key role in over 500 local, regional, and national civic and charitable organizations. In addition to serving our communities and strengthening our women's initiative, we foster diversity by promoting a culture in which all individuals can excel.

Our History

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1887

W. J. J. Smith set up his practice in Dallas and formed the foundation of what would become Jackson Walker.

Wade Cooper on the Firm’s Texas roots

1890

The practice grew when brothers George and John C. Robertson brought their legal practices to Dallas and partnered with W. J. J. Smith.

1905

Founding partner John C. Robertson became general counsel for the Dallas Times Herald.

1907

Smith, Robertson, & Robertson represented key Dallas institutions such as the Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Gas Company (present day TXU Energy), and the Southern Pacific Railroad.

1930

Fort Worth attorney John L. Lancaster Jr. joined the Firm, solidifying a legacy of excellence in railroad law.

1936

The Firm became Robertson, Leachman, Payne, Gardere & Lancaster after Neth Leachman and George Gardere joined the practice.

1939

Small & Arney, an Austin firm that would later become Small, Craig & Werkenthin, formed and eventually joined with Jackson Walker in 2000.

1948

J. Paul Jackson and Sam Winstead join the firm.

A.W. “Jess” Walker resigned from the University of Texas at Austin law faculty and joined Robertson, Jackson, Payne, Lancaster and Walker as a name partner.

Bryan Birkeland on Sam Winstead

Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law by Jess Walker is published, which served as a primer for oil and gas law in Texas.

1949

The Firm obtained an FCC license for KRLD-TV, now known as KDFW-TV, in Dallas.

1953

J. Paul Jackson served on the American Institute Tax Project. His work helped shape important tax legislation in the mid-20th century.

1958

Dallas attorneys Conan Cantwell and J. Howard Lennon joined the Firm, changing the name to Jackson, Walker, Winstead, Cantwell & Miller.

1960

The Firm hired the first summer clerk, Larry Bean, who went on to spend his entire legal career at Jackson Walker.

1966

Jess Walker and Ben West represented the plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case City of Atlus, Oklahoma v. Carr. The rule became a landmark in the area of water rights and state boundaries.

1968

The Firm was retained by a Alaska Native tribe, the Inupiaq, to negotiate its oil leases on the North Slope after the discovery of the Greater Prudhow Bay Field.

1978

Attorney J. Howard Lennon opened an office for the Firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mike Wilson on Jackson Walker in Alaska

1973

Future partner Albon O. Head, Jr., represented the Metroplex Group in purchasing the Texas Rangers from Washington Senators owner Bob Short. Albon later assisted in the formation and representation of the Texas Rangers Ltd. in purchasing the franchise.

1979

In Electronic Data Systems v. The Social Security Organization of the Government of Iran, the Firm agreed to represent Iran against a breach of contract claim by Ross Perot’s EDS. Despite significant critique, Don Case was adamant on continuing representation. Partner Charles L. “Chip” Babcock stated, “He signed on to defend his client before the outpouring of severe public pressure and disapproval, and he was going to keep his word.”

1980

The Firm helped incorporate the Dallas Mavericks.

The Firm successfully represented Edwin Hamilton against Texas-based Page Airways in an antitrust disagreement.

1981

The Firm installed its first Wang computer, ending the era in which all bookkeeping was done in pencil by staff accountant Marilyn Larson.

The Firm succeeded in securing the dismissal of an injunction filed by the City of Irving against the FAA. The injunction, filed on a late Friday, involved a new runway at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. This win narrowly avoided the runway’s shutdown.

Mark Josephs on the runway shutdown

The Firm successfully represented LTV Securities against a plaintiff shareholder class on a matter of retaining privilege between co-defendants and their attorneys in a civil proceeding.

1982

Firm attorneys successfully argued Herman & MacLean v. Huddleston before the U.S. Supreme Court, a key case in securities regulation.

1985

After outgrowing its Dallas quarters, the Firm moved from the First National Bank tower to Bank of America Plaza. The Firm represented Canadian developer Bramalea Ltd. in the building’s development. Standing at 921 feet and 72 stories, Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building in the Dallas skyline.

The Firm hired 13 first-year lawyers, the largest class to date in the Firm’s history.

Dallas attorney Mary Emma Karam became the first woman promoted to partner at Jackson Walker.

The Firm represented lenders of Kendavis Industries International Inc., an energy conglomerate, in a reorganization that repaid $916.6 million of debt—one of the biggest bankruptcy cases of that time.

1988

Our Fort Worth office opened with five attorneys and grew to 13 attorneys within one year.

The Firm’s name changed to Jackson & Walker, L.L.P. and later became Jackson Walker LLP.

The Firm handled over 2,000 collection and lender liability defense matters, making Jackson Walker the most frequently used outside counsel by the purchasers of the failed First Republic banks and MBanks.

1990

In one of the largest and longest litigation actions in Texas history, spanning from 1985 to 1990, the Firm successfully defended Texas Utilities (present day TXU Energy).

The Firm expanded to Houston upon joining with Dotson & Scofield, making Jackson Walker one of the 10 largest Texas-based firms at the time.

1991

Jackson Walker opened its San Antonio office.

1994

Jackson Walker became a founding member of Globalaw, a worldwide network of independent law firms providing clients with international resources.

Jackson Walker represented Crescent Real Estate Equities in its $500 million initial public offering—one of the largest IPOs in REIT history.

1996

Jackson Walker opened an office in Austin, setting the foundation for a highly regarded legislative and governmental affairs practice in the state’s capital.

Partners Chip Babcock and Robert P. “Bob” Latham appeared live on Court TV for seven weeks in the Turner v. KTRK Television Inc. trial. The final judgment was in favor of Jackson Walker’s client, KTRK Television.

1998

Partners Chip Babcock and Nancy Hamilton successfully defended Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Productions in a libel suit brought by two Texas cattlemen.

The trial team of Gordon M. Shapiro, James L. “Rocky” Walker, and Retta A. Miller secured a take-nothing judgment in the Kaepa, Inc. v. Achilles Corporation case. The verdict was later named one of the top team defense wins in the country by National Law Journal.

1999

Jackson Walker joined with Austin-based Small, Craig & Werkenthin to grow the Firm to 235 attorneys, 6 offices, and 17 practice areas.

2000

In the aftermath of the dot-com bubble burst, Jackson Walker is involved in a number of high-profile dot-com workouts and insolvencies.

2001

Jackson Walker joined with Gresham, Davis, Gregory, Worthy & Moore, one of San Antonio’s oldest law firms, strengthening the Firm’s experience in business transactions, bankruptcy, and real estate.

The Book of Lists recognized Jackson Walker as the only law firm with a top 10 ranking in four major Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.

Jackson Walker joined with Dallas-based Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw & Wulff.

2002

Jackson Walker attorneys participated in a multi-firm negotiating team that concluded a settlement of almost $500 million and an agreed injunction between a Fortune 100 financial institution and the 50-state attorneys general relating to alleged predatory mortgage lending practices.

2003

President George W. Bush appointed San Antonio partner Robert A. Junell the U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Jackson Walker was the first participant in the American Bar Association’s media internship for minority attorneys.

2007

The San Antonio office expanded with the addition of 10 attorneys from Jenkens & Gilchrist.

San Antonio attorney Charles L. Smith was honored as one of State Bar of Texas President Harper Estes’ “Legal Legends”

2010

Dallas partner Robert F. Ruckman served as lead counsel for a product defendant in litigation raised from the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447.

2011

Jackson Walker successfully defended Texas Clinical Labs, Inc., in a case against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The case took 25 years and three trips to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

2005

Jackson Walker successfully defends the Chicago Tribune in a libel case brought by a former prosecutor—the first libel trial for the Tribune in more than 40 years.

2012

The Firm partnered with UTSA’s Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) to host the Jackson Walker Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. The purpose of the program was to educate students on the commercialization and start-up of new technology companies.

2014

Jackson Walker received the prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award for the South Region from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for demonstrating an ongoing commitment to hiring a diverse workforce.

The Firm landed at No. 129 on Law360’s “The Law360 400” list of the largest law firms in the nation.

2017

The Firm earned a spot on Law360s list of Texas Powerhouses through its national trial and transactional practices and precedent-setting wins for high-profile clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Google Inc., and Hyundai Corporation.

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Austin partner Kent Sullivan, a former justice on the Fourteenth Court of appeals and first assistant attorney general for the Texas Office of the Attorney General, as Commissioner of Insurance.

Jackson Walker’s Real Estate practice successfully represented the buyer of Cielo Vista Ranch, an 83,000-acre stretch of land in Southern Colorado. This transaction marked the largest ranch sale in the United States for 2017.

2018

The Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index scored Jackson Walker in the top 25 of Dallas-Fort Worth’s major employers in terms of hiring a diverse workforce and including specific nondiscrimination provisions for LGBTQ employees in HR policies.

The Firm obtained a significant victory in a Medicare reimbursement appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled in favor of our reimbursement consultant client and over 270 client hospitals that are part of four national hospital systems. Notably, the D.C. Circuit panel that heard and decided the case consisted of former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, newly appointed Judge Gregory Katsas on his first day hearing cases for the D.C. Circuit, and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.