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Robert Jacques represents clients in complex litigation matters. He is particularly active in bringing insurance coverage claims and defending manufacturers in product liability litigation. Mr. Jacques also represents startup and blue chip companies in challenges to federal and state administrative actions.

Insurance Recovery

  • Representation of pharmaceutical company in first-party property coverage dispute arising from cyber-related losses.
  • Representation of real estate services company with claims under first-party and third-party policies relating to coronavirus.
  • Representation of real estate company with D&O coverage claims arising from litigation with DOJ and IRS.
  • Representation of securities-industry trade association in submission of amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals concerning the insurability of SEC disgorgement payments. 
  • 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 Nigerian warehouse fire.
  • Successfully resolved first-party contamination-coverage claim arising from Listeria-related recall of frozen food products.
  • Representation of agricultural company in first-party contamination-coverage claim arising from E. coli-related recall of raw vegetables.
  • Representation of global investment company in D&O coverage dispute arising from going-private transaction.
  • Representation of medical-device manufacturer in CGL and D&O claims arising from product liability litigation and governmental investigations.
  • Representation of boiler manufacturer in third-party liability coverage dispute resulting from asbestos claims.

Product Liability Defense

  • Obtained complete pre-discovery dismissal of separate product liability and subrogation actions arising from Salmonella-related recall of packaged chicken products. 
  • Representation of airbag/restraint-systems manufacturer in product liability litigation, consumer litigation, and investigations by NHTSA and the Department of Justice.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical company in anticoagulant product liability litigation.

Administrative Challenges

  • Successfully resolved major telecommunication company's ERISA preemption challenge to determinations of state workers' compensation board.
  • 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

  • First chaired criminal trial in Maryland, obtaining judgment of acquittal on charges carrying 25-year mandatory minimum sentence.
  • Successfully resolved international NGO on first-party "crisis coverage" claim resulting from murders of covered individuals in Africa.
  • Representation of adoption services non-profit on first-party business-interruption claim resulting from flooding of its headquarters.
  • Representation of victims’ rights advocacy non-profit in D.C. on intake obligations of hospitals in responding to patients seeking treatment for assault.
  • Successfully obtained reduced sentence of incarceration for criminal defendant in D.C. federal court.

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)