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Robert Jacques
Robert W. Jacques
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5303 rjacques@cov.com Download V-card

Robert Jacques represents clients in complex litigation matters. He is particularly active in bringing insurance coverage claims and defending manufacturers in product liability litigation. In his insurance recovery practice, Mr. Jacques has represented policyholders in collecting on a variety of first- and third-party coverage claims. In the product liability area, he has defended major auto parts, pharmaceutical, and food manufacturers. Mr. Jacques has also represented start-up and blue-chip companies in challenges to federal and state administrative actions. He has litigated at trial and appellate levels, as part of multi-district proceedings, and in matters with international scope. Mr. Jacques has a deep understanding of the litigation process, as well as the broader strategic and commercial considerations of clients.

Insurance Recovery

  • Representation of boiler manufacturer in third-party liability coverage dispute resulting from asbestos claims.
  • Representation of non-listed REIT in first-party property coverage disputes over flood and mold damage at hotels.
  • Representation of global procurement and distribution services company in first-party property coverage dispute arising from a Nigerian warehouse fire.

Product Liability Defense

  • Representation of Boehringer Ingelheim in Pradaxa product liability litigation.
  • Representation of one of the world’s largest airbag and auto parts manufacturers in product liability litigation, consumer litigation, and administrative and criminal investigations by NHTSA and the Department of Justice.
  • Representation of raw chicken producer in product liability suit arising from Salmonella-related recall of packaged chicken products.

Administrative Challenges

  • Representation of telecommunications company in ERISA preemption challenge to state administrative actions.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer to force FDA’s timely consideration of a new drug application.
  • Representation of vaping-products manufacturer in APA challenge to FDA deeming regulations under the Tobacco Control Act.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of victims’ rights advocacy non-profit in D.C. on intake obligations of hospitals in responding to patients seeking treatment for assault.
  • Representation of adoption services non-profit on first-party business-interruption claim resulting from flooding of its headquarters.
  • Representation of international NGO on first-party crisis coverage claim resulting from wrongful detentions and murders of covered individuals in Africa.   

Previous Experience

  • Hon. Richard W. Story, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Judicial Intern (2011)
  • Hon. John A. Woodcock Jr., U.S. District Court, District of Maine, Judicial Intern (2010)