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Baylor University School of Law – Waco, Texas (J.D. 1993)
Baylor University – (B.B.A. 1993)
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Industrial Accidents
- Commercial Trucking
- Commercial Business Disputes
- Insurance Claims
- Texas, 1993
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
Honors and Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
- 10 Best American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
- Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004
- Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004
- Nation’s Top Attorneys 2015, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas
- Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association
- Jefferson County Bar Association
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation
Jane Swearingen Leger is Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law and has been for 15 years, Less than 2% of lawyers in Texas have achieved board certified status in this area of specialty. Jane focuses her practice on personal injury, maritime and employment law at the Ferguson Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas. She represents individuals who have been injured in industrial settings, vehicle collisions or suffered financial harm from discriminatory conduct. In addition to representing many Texas residents, her cases have also included clients from California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana and Minnesota. Jane has developed a vast amount of knowledge, research and expertise in cases involving boilers and pressure vessels which may have special inspection requirements imposed by state law.
Jane began to show distinction in her profession when, in 2004, she was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers and a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters and Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor reserved for only five percent of lawyers in the state. She is admitted to practice law by the State of Texas; the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas; the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th District Court.
A graduate of Baylor University, Jane completed her Juris Doctorate degree at Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas where she interned in the sexual assault unit of the McLennan County District Attorney’s office. She holds professional memberships in the State Bar of Texas, the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and is a Life Fellow of the prestigious Texas Bar Foundation.
Jane’s commitment to her clients and resolve to stay the course is what sets her apart from other lawyers. She represented a burn victim in Georgia in a case that was litigated for seven years as the insurance company involved sought delay after delay and played dirty politics in an attempt to secure a win. Not willing to back down, Jane ultimately sued the insurance company for RICO violations and won a $40,000,000.00 settlement that was the largest achieved for a single plaintiff in the 40 year history of the law firm where she worked at the time. The historic result was worth the wait for the client who credits Jane with changing the course of his entire families’ lives. That client has taken his settlement and contributed greatly to the Wounded Warriors foundation.
Jane’s other victories include a $66,000,000.00 binding arbitration award for several workers injured in an industrial accident as well as an earlier partial settlement of $10,000,000.00 in that same litigation. In addition to representing individual tort victims, Jane has represented local small businesses in litigation. In 2011, she represented a construction company in a breach of commercial contract case. Her client was not paid the full contract price for construction of a raw-water intake facility built as part of a hydrocarbons storage unit. The defendant claimed they did not owe any additional money because construction work was defective. To defeat the defendant’s claims, Jane became familiar with national petroleum and welding codes and represented her client without incurring the added cost of hiring independent experts. The unanimous jury awarded all damages sought by Jane’s client including attorney fees. The verdict was selected as a Texas Top Verdict for 2011. It was a great honor for Jane to receive state-wide recognition on her first breach of commercial contract case.
In addition to her trial work, Jane has argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. In 2012, she successfully argued before the Texas Supreme Court that a court of appeals had committed error when it striped her client of a jury verdict in his favor.
Jane also won an insurance breach of fiduciary duty case on behalf of several plaintiffs who became seriously ill with Hepatitis A due to eating infected food at a restaurant in Lavaca County. The restaurant owners believed they had insurance to cover such a loss and were shocked to discover their policy excluded communicable diseases. A jury found the restaurant’s insurance agent had breached his duty to his insured by failing to make sure they were covered for common risks associated with the restaurant industry. This case was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court as well with a favorable outcome for Jane’s clients.
Jane credits her ferocious commitment to her clients to the change that occurred in her own life when she became the proud mother of twins. Claire and Connor were born prematurely and overcame many obstacles. Jane continues to deploy the protective maternal instinct she discovered during their early weeks in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit for her clients’ benefit. Claire and Connor are now college students who themselves are demonstrating the propensity to stand up for others who face discrimination and injustice. Jane could not be more proud. Protecting others is truly the family trade. Jane’s husband John has been in law enforcement for 30 years and he currently commands the Jefferson County SWAT team. The family also enjoys outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hunting and SCUBA diving.