The firm believes Old’s addition will further bolster its geographic reach by adding offices in Austin and Beaumont.
“We are thrilled to be adding Jay (Old) and his team. He’s an exceptional lawyer with an outstanding track record,” said John Thomas, partner and firm co-founder. “Many of us have known Jay (Old) for years, dating back to our days together at Andrews Kurth.”
Old’s clients include refineries, construction contractors, manufacturers, hospital systems and insurers. Joining him is seasoned labor and employment lawyer Jim Henges along with four other lawyers from his firm.
“I like to say I represent the job creators,” Old said. “I’m very excited to be joining the Hicks Thomas team, and hope to add to its reputation as a premier trial firm.”
For 20 years, Hicks Thomas has developed a reputation for being one of Houston’s premier litigation firms, representing a multitude of clients in complex litigation in Texas and nationally, according to a press release.
Old joined the firm effective Jan. 1.
According to the press release, Old is highly regarded within the defense legal community and among key business organizations. A frequent speaker at continuing education programs for lawyers across the country, he is also a former president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and has chaired the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
He has defended national clients in statewide and regional mass tort litigation, in toxic torts, construction and product liability cases. He also successfully defended insurance companies in a series of high-profile trials involving hailstorm claims in Galveston and elsewhere.
Old is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized on the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2005.
A native of Beaumont, he is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the Texas Tech University School of Law.