Jennifer Caughey is a former Justice on Texas’s First Court of Appeals and current chair of Jackson Walker’s appellate section. Justice Caughey leverages her diverse experience on both sides of the bench to litigate complex cases at the appellate and trial levels.
Justice Caughey represents clients in complex matters in state and federal courts. She handles high-stakes commercial litigation, and she has particular expertise in issues involving statutory and contractual interpretation, constitutional law, healthcare, insurance, energy, administrative law, and professional liability. Since returning to private practice, she has represented clients in diverse state court matters across Texas, including at the Texas Supreme Court, in various Texas Courts of Appeals, and in trial courts (at jury and bench trials and otherwise). She has also represented clients in federal courts, including in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and in federal district courts.
As a Justice on Texas’s First Court of Appeals, Jennifer handled a broad docket of civil and criminal appeals from Harris County and nine surrounding counties. Justice Caughey authored more than 125 opinions (half signed, half per curiam) spanning questions of civil, criminal, family, and probate law. She actively contributed to 454 cases.
Justice Caughey earned her degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Justice Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Before serving on the bench, Justice Caughey spent years developing a sophisticated appellate and trial practice at nationally renowned litigation firms.
A.B., Princeton University
- Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School
- Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
- Board of Student Advisors, Legal Research and Writing Instructor
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
Some of Justice Caughey’s private practice matters and representative opinions include:
Representative Private Practice Matters
- Challenged agency order on appeal to US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; agency ultimately withdrew its order in full.
- Represents client on appeal to Texas Supreme Court concerning complex issues concerning contracts and precedent. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents client in complex statutory claims before First Court of Appeals. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure and Integrated Texas Logistics in major appeal. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents client in complex Texas appellate case concerning defamation, the First Amendment, and statutory interpretation. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents client in appeal of temporary injunction. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents client in Texas Supreme Court high stakes breach of contract dispute. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents joint defense group in complex CERCLA appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Appeal is ongoing.
- Represents client in complex appeal concerning deference to agency and complex federal questions in the US Court of Appeals to the First Circuit.
- Represents client in Texas state court in breach of contract case at trial and on appeal. Appeal is ongoing.
- Defended client against temporary injunction; client (a defendant) was ultimately dropped from the lawsuit.
- Represent clients in class action defense lawsuits in federal courts.
- Defended major insurer in a $100+ million federal court breach of contract case. Case resolved favorably after appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- Represented energy company in an administrative appeal involving complex rate-setting and energy issues and questions of administrative law. Case resolved favorably.
- Represented oil and gas company, in a suit filed by an alleged introducer/finder who claimed to be entitled to a multimillion-dollar finder’s fee. Case resolved favorably.
- Defended major accounting firm, against $250+ million fraud and negligence claims.
- Represented hospital and its nurses and nurse practitioner in various matters.
- Represented Texas company in case involving breach of a licensing agreement and tortious interference, among other claims. Case resolved favorably.
- Advised a mortgage insurer on a high-stakes coverage dispute regarding pooled insurance.
- Zoanni v. Hogan, 555 S.W.3d 321 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018, pet. filed). Authored opinion addressing complex questions of statutory interpretation concerning the Defamation Mitigation Act (DMA). Opinion is authoritative in Harris County and nine surrounding counties.
- Raiden Commodities, LP v. De Man, 2018 WL 3151004 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018, no pet.). Authored opinion addressing complex questions of personal jurisdiction.
- Iasis Healthcare Corp. v. Pean, 2018 WL 3059789 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018, pet. filed). Authored opinion addressing questions of statutory interpretation and health care law including: (1) whether various claims constituted health care liability claims under Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, and (2) whether, for the claims that fell under Chapter 74, the plaintiff served a statutorily sufficient expert report.
- Porter-Garcia v. Travis Law Firm, P.C., — S.W.3d —, 2018 WL 4027023 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018, pet. filed). Authored opinion addressing the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), whether it applied to certain claims, and whether the plaintiff had satisfied statutory requirements.
- IPFS Corp. v. Lopez, No. 01-18-00145-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 27, 2018). Authored opinion addressing whether a declaratory judgment action was subject to arbitration.
- Kenyon International Emergency Services, Inc. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co., NO. 01-17-00386-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018). Authored opinion addressing complex questions of insurance law, third-party standing, and subrogation.
- Cook, Craniofacial & Plastic Surgery Center-Houston v. Broussard, NO. 01-17-00943-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.]2018, no pet.). Authored opinion addressing expert qualifications under Texas law.
- Gore Family Ltd. Partnership v. Gore, No. 01-17-00165-CV, 2018 WL 3384554 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] July 12, 2018, no pet.). Authored opinion addressing standing questions.
- Mark Hotze, et. al v. David Hotze, et al., 01-18-00039-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017). Authored opinion addressing the legal requirements for a temporary injunction.
- Perilla-Vargas v. Baylor College of Medicine et al, NO. 01-17-00018-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017). Authored opinion concerning the Texas Tort Claims Act and its election of remedies requirements.
- Dortch v. Boxer Property Management Corp., 01-17-00148-CV CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018). Authored opinion addressing statutes of limitations, the discovery rule, the DTPA, and the Texas Insurance Code.
- Gandy v. Flores, NO. 01-17-00440-CV Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018). Authored opinion concerning questions of waiver, third party responsibility, questions before the jury, and the admission of evidence.
- Texas Department of Public Safety v. Marshall, No. 01-17-00603-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 27, 2018). Authored opinion involving statutory interpretation and evidentiary sufficiency concerning license requirements.
- Bell v. State, No. 01-15-00510-CR, 2018 WL 3150851 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018). Authored an opinion addressing the court’s jurisdiction.
- Turner v. Left Gate Property Holdings, NO. 01-17-00560-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018). Authored opinion addressing questions concerning negligence and the requirements for res ipsa loquitor.
- Gulledge v. Wester & Sullivan, NO. 01-17-00488-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2018). Addressed important questions of nuisance law, property rights, and evidentiary requirements.
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Texas Bar Association, Appellate Section, Committee Chair
- Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section, Judicial Liaison, 2017-2018
- Rising Star, Super Lawyers – Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2015-2017, 2020
- Choice of lawyers who participated in the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Preference Poll, 2018