Jackie represents businesses and individuals in connection with claims of negligence; professional liability; products liability; safety and premises liability; and commercial litigation and business disputes. Her professional liability clients include hospital systems, long-term care facilities, nurses, physicians, pharmacies, and pharmacists, as well as lawyers and law firms. Her products liability clients include local, regional and national drug and device manufacturers and distributers, as well as entertainment and amusement device designers, manufacturers, and operators. Her premises liability clients include national retailers tasked with safety and security of patrons and employees.
Jackie, drawing on her 15 years of experience in litigation, develops an individual plan for each case based on the particular facts, witnesses, documents, counsel, and venue. Utilizing that highly-tailored approach, she and her partners have had favorable outcomes including, for example, zero dollar and nuisance value settlements in products cases, summary judgments and voluntary dismissals of healthcare providers in medical malpractice lawsuits, a defense verdict for a local business owner in a breach of contract claim, to a take-nothing verdict for a manufacturer in a case with alleged permanent brain injury of a minor.
Jackie is also honored and proud to have been part of the volunteer, pro bono team, along with Cooper & Scully Shareholder, Diana Faust, that worked on Michael Morton’s case with the New York Innocence Project for more than eight years. Jackie started investigating the actual innocence claim while she was in law school. The team ultimately won DNA testing of critical evidence that eventually led to Michael’s release and exoneration, the conviction of his wife’s murderer, first-ever incarceration of a prosecutor for hiding evidence, and a change in the law governing prosecutors’ duty to disclose of evidence. For more information on our work on Michael’s case, see In re Morton, 326 S.W.3d 634 (Tex.App.—Austin 2010).
Jackie was born in New York and grew up in Florida. She studied liberal arts at Southern Methodist University on a merit scholarship and attended the University of Houston Law Center while working at Cooper & Scully in Houston. She has practiced at Cooper & Scully in Dallas since 2005. Jackie and her husband have three young daughters and a French bulldog. Jackie is a long-time, avid supporter of The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and she often presents on current legislative issues in the community and public school settings.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2007
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2008
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2005
B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2001
Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer® for 2020 by Thompson Reuters Legal
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
International Association of Trampoline Parks
Supreme Court of Texas Bars Claim for Wrongful Termination Based on Refusal to Violate the Michael Morton Act, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, Volume 22, March 2019
Reptile Theory, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, Volume 13, February 2017
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence: Professional Liability in Texas,
Attorney Immunity Wins Again, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, September 2015
2017 TADC Winter Seminar, February 1-5, 2017
The Freeing of Michael Morton, 31st Annual Litigation Update Institute, Sponsored by The State Bar of Texas (January 15-16, 2015)
Defending Michael Morton, 7th Annual Jolly Roger Hal Jackson Memorial Criminal Law Seminar (December 12, 2014)
E-Discovery in Construction Law, John Wesley Raley and Jackie Cooper, Third Annual Cooper & Scully Construction Symposium Seminar, January 2008
E-Discovery, John Wesley Raley and Jackie Cooper, The Cooper & Scully Transportation Seminar, June 2008
Metropolitan Properties of America v. Texas Fire Alarm, Inc., Cause No. 08-14688, Dallas County, Texas, 2010
Billy Gonzales, Individually and as Next Friend of Aiden Zachary Gonzales, a Minor v. 3 Atoms, LLC and Fun Spot Manufacturing, LLC, Cause No. 2017-524,895, Lubbock County, Texas, 2019
In Re 3 Atoms, LLC and Fun Spot Manufacturing, LLC, Relators, 2019 No. 07-19-00243-CV, In the Court of Appeals of Texas, Amarillo, August 14, 2019
Bryan Taylor, Melissa Taylor, Alan Tarrant, Kristi Tarrant, and Bethany Kendrick v. Eminent Spine, LLC, et al., Cause DC-16-12792, Dallas County, Texas, Motion for Summary Judgment, July 25, 2018
Alan Tarrant, Kristi Tarrant, and Bethany Kendrick, Appellants v. Eminent Spine, LLC, et al., 2020 No. 05-18-01129-CV, In the Court of Appeals of Texas, Dallas, January 15, 2020