Since graduating law school, Jay has zealously advocated for plaintiffs’ rights all across the country. For over 25 years he has successfully litigated cases against some of the largest and most sophisticated corporations in the world on behalf of his clients. Jay specializes in trying cases involving products liability, toxic workplace and environmental exposures, wrongful death, and gross negligence. He has achieved multiple jury verdicts that have been recognized as among the highest in the state in which they were tried and the nation.
As a result of the expertise that he has developed over the years, Jay has been featured in legal magazines including Texas Lawyer, appeared as a legal commentator on television, and has repeatedly been an invited speaker and panelist at professional conferences. In addition, he often partners with other firms to help bring their cases to trial and successful resolution.
“As a trial lawyer, you cannot consistently win verdicts, or recover substantial settlements, without fully understanding three things: your client’s experience, the evidence that shows the defendant’s responsibility, and the science that proves it. In every case I try, I am committed to delving into all the details of each of these elements to maximize the client’s recovery and the probability of a successful verdict.”
In his personal time, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife/law partner Deanna and their three kids and three dogs. Jay and Deanna love hiking, biking, going to the beach, and embracing the Hawaii lifestyle as much as possible. They can also frequently be found cheering at their youngest child’s swim meets, water polo games, and cross-country meets. Their two older children currently attend college on the mainland.
University of Texas School of Law, JD, 1997
Texas A&M University, cum laude, BS 1994
State Bar of Hawaii
State Bar of Texas
United States District Court – Hawaii
United States District Court – Northern District of Texas
United States District Court – Eastern District of Texas