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Jana Starling Reist

Senior Attorney


Office: Dallas
Phone: 214.712.9571
Fax: 214.712.9540
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Jana Starling Reist

Jana Reist is an experienced litigation attorney focused on construction law disputes for a wide range of clients, including general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, suppliers, property owners, insurance carriers, individuals, and local and national businesses.  Jana grew up in the construction industry, with a father who has owned and worked for a successful general contracting company for over 35 years.  This experience has given Jana a good understanding of the various facets of the construction industry, which helps her better meet the needs of her clients. 

Jana’s practice involves a wide range of commercial and residential disputes, including construction/design defect, negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, personal injury, as well as indemnity and coverage issues.  Jana also counsels her clients in protecting their businesses from liability, through drafting and reviewing contracts, negotiating disputes, and helping foster good business practices.

Jana’s practice also encompasses general civil litigation matters, including employment matters, professional negligence, premises liability, personal injury suits, contract disputes, products liability suits, insurance coverage and general insurance defense issues.  Jana has represented her clients before trial and appellate courts throughout Texas, as well as before arbitrators and mediators. 

 

Admitted

Texas, 2007
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

 

Education

J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 2007
B.A., cum laude, Baylor University, 2001 
 

Presentations/Publications

Condominium Association Construction Defect Litigation – Issues that Arise and New Pre-Suit
Requirements in Texas,
11th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2016

Understanding the Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, 10th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2015.

Investigating a Claim and Responsibilities Owed to the Insured, Gallagher Basset, August 2014.

How the Texas Anti-Indemnity Act Affects Risk Transfer in Construction Contracts, 9th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2014.

Risk Management Provisions in Construction Contracts, 8th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., February 2013.

Litigating the Duty to Indemnify, 19th Annual Insurance Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., March 2012.

Texas Residential Construction Claims After the TRCC, 7th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2012.

Affirmative and Defensive Pleadings in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation, 18th Annual Insurance Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., April 2011. 

Certificates of Insurance After the Omni Decision, 6th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2011. 

Sunset of the Texas Residential Construction Commission: A New Day for Residential Construction Defect Disputes, 5th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2010. 

Premises Liability in Texas, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. In-House Presentation, July 2009. 

Managing the Workforce in the Transportation Industry, 2009 Transportation Seminar, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., June 2009. 

Certificates of Insurance: Common Problems That Arise and What You Can Do To Avoid Them, 4th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2009. 

What’s New in Legal Malpractice Claims and What Are You Doing to Avoid Them, TADC Annual Winter Meeting, January 2008. 

An Ethical Guide for Insurance Adjusters, Dallas CPCU Chapter’s Ethics Meeting, March 2008. 

ERISA Claims Handling for the Nonsubscribing Employer, Freedman Administrative Solutions Meeting, July 2008.

 

Affiliations

American Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Dallas Bar Association (Construction Section)
TEXO, The Construction Association