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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 who focuses on construction law disputes for a wide range of clients, including general contractors, subcontractors, property owners, property owners’ associations, design professionals, suppliers, manufacturers, insurance carriers, and local and national businesses.  Jana grew up in the construction industry, working summers while in school for her father’s general contracting company, which has been in operation for over 40 years.  This experience has given Jana a good understanding of the various facets of the construction industry, helping to better meet the needs of her clients. 

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

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

While outside of work, Jana and her husband Kyle, who also works in the construction industry, are very busy raising their identical twin daughters, Madelyn and Ashlyn.  Jana enjoys cooking and entertaining for her family and friends and is actively involved in her church and children’s elementary school. 

 

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

Navigating Construction Lien and Bond Claims, 13th Annual Construction Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2018. 

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

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Dallas Bar Association (Construction Section)
TEXO, The Construction Association
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International

 

Representative Matters

Received favorable arbitration award on behalf of homeowner for claims of breach of contract and warranty against homebuilder for foundation damages. 

Negotiated favorable contract terms on behalf of national general contractor in an over $20 million agreement for multi-family housing construction project.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national general contractor dismissing all claims filed by worker seeking over $1 million in alleged personal injury damages.  

Obtained favorable pre-suit settlement for homeowner for claims against contractor and subcontractors for defective work that was performed at homeowner’s multi-million dollar residence.  

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of elevator service company dismissing all claims filed by plaintiff for personal injuries claimed on department store elevator.

Negotiated favorable pre-suit settlement on behalf of general contractor against large cable company alleging hundreds of thousands of dollars for an underground utility strike. 

Represented subcontractor in lawsuit filed by owner regarding the construction of multi-million dollar hotel project, obtaining successful resolution of all claims prior to trial.

Obtained favorable summary judgment finding for subcontractor that worker was an independent contractor, dismissing worker’s personal injury claims.

Obtained favorable pre-suit settlement on behalf of commercial contractor from property owner for owner’s breach of contract and failure to pay contractor for work performed.