Jennifer Cheek
Shareholder

Email: jcheek@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3320

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Jennifer Cheek has over ten years of experience representing clients in complex catastrophic loss cases in state and federal court nationwide. She practices with an emphasis on deliberate preparation both in the defense of her clients in pending litigation as well as in the development of strategies to limit future exposure and liability.

Jennifer’s practice focuses on product liability, environmental law, toxic torts, transportation, commercial litigation and premises liability. In these complex and high- stakes matters, Jennifer prides herself on her ability to break down and explain complicated technical issues to judges and juries. She has a strong background working with a variety of experts in highly technical cases and enjoys working collaboratively with clients to develop and implement the most effective and efficient defense approaches for each case.

Jennifer attended Baylor University, where she graduated with honors, before earning her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Louisville. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in the states of Texas, Kansas, and Missouri as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict in eight figure damages claim in Arkansas involving propane release from 20,000-gallon bulk container.
  • Obtained summary judgment in six Connecticut cases arising out of an underground gas leak resulting in an explosion.
  • Defended clients in catastrophic loss and sophisticated product liability cases in more than 15 states.
  • Obtained summary judgment upholding untested limited liability statute for propane suppliers in Missouri.
  • Attained defense verdict in Michigan gas explosion case involving supplier’s duty to inspect a customer’s premises for leaks.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers

Honors and Recognitions

  • Brandeis Honor Society
  • University of Louisville Law Review
  • Brandeis Inn of Court
  • Outstanding Graduating Law Student Award

Publications and Presentations

Rise of the machines: Texas Products Liability

April, 2019

Personal Injury Damages

April, 2019

Advancing your case through motion practice

April, 2019

Got the winter claims blues? Texas claims and slip and falls,

February, 2017

Sexual Assault Survivors Guide – Contributor

January, 2017

Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, June 2016

June, 2016

• Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, coauthored May, 2016 Eagles International Associates

May, 2016

Liens: Do I really need to pay this? Again? (Co-author with Paul W. Bennett)

April, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Update (Co-authored with Doug Fletcher)

January, 2016

Texas evidence flashcards (co-author)

January, 2016

Arbitration: Do You Really Want It?, HR Southwest Conference, November 2015

November, 2015

Proposed Regulations Clarify the Meaning of a Safe Drilling Margin in the OCS, Offshore Magazine

July, 2015

The Macondo Litigation in a Nutshell, LOGA Industry Report

June, 2015

BP Oil Spill Lessons Learned, Energy Executive

April, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Document Preservation Notice May Violate SOX, HCCA – Compliance Today, June 2015

March, 2015

Pregnant Pause: U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Against UPS, March 31, 2015

March, 2015

Social Media in Claims and Litigation

January, 2015

Mandatory E-Filing Has Arrived (Again): Tips and Traps for the Unwary, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Summer 2014 Received Stars of Texas Bars Award for Best News Article

January, 2015

Overview of Construction Law and Risk Management for Subcontractors

January, 2014

The Michael Morton Act: What prosecutors and defense attorneys need to know

October, 2013

Served as Moderator for Appellate Law seminar, Jefferson County Bar Association

January, 2013

Construction/Real Property Defense and Damage Analysis

January, 2013

Presented Legislative Update: HB274 at annual NAIW conference

May, 2012

Federal Ban on Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Use: Implications for Commercial Motor Vehicles, co-authored May 30, 2012 issue of The Voice, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

May, 2012

A Lawyer’s Guide to the Advertising and Solicitations Rules

January, 2012

Professional Liability—Design Professionals: Texas Certificate of Merit Analysis

January, 2012

Analysis of Venue Favorability and Practical Tips on Venue Selection and Options to Limit Liability in Unfavorable Venues, Co-Author

January, 2012

Featured speaker at Council on Litigation Management – Defense Strategies National Defense Counsel

March, 2011 New Orleans, Louisiana   

Internet Dating Websites: A Refuge for Internet Fraud, 12 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 389

January, 2011

Co-author of the Texas Chapter of Construction Litigation Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium, published by DRI

February, 2010

Developments in Indemnity and Additional Insured Agreements, presented at Business and Insurance Litigation Update

October, 2009

Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update, 21 APP. ADVOC. 212

January, 2009

Featured panel speaker at Medmarc’s 24th Annual Medical Device Seminar – Application of Social Media When Defending and Cross-Examining Experts

June, 2008 Hot Springs, Virginia   

Toast to the Constitution, Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex Inn of Courts Joint Meeting

January, 2008

Who Owes Who What and When Do They Owe It? at DRI Annual Meeting/Construction Law Committee

October, 2007 Washington D.C.   

Featured panel speaker presenting a Bad Faith Litigation and Claims Handling seminar at Church Mutual Insurance Company

May, 2007

Featured Speaker at Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Seminar – When Personal Injury Becomes Personal Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases

September, 2006 San Francisco, CA   

Named shareholder, David Macdonald, will be a featured speaker at DRI's Construction Law Seminar to be held September 7-8, 2006 in San Francisco.

The topic When Personal Injury Becomes Personal - Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases will cover the implications of an OSHA violation in a personal injury lawsuit, including what can be done to protect clients when OSHA investigates an injury at a construction project.

Some of the issues addressed will also include whom OSHA considers the employer when there are multiple contractors on the project, determining when evidence of an OSHA violation is admissible in a personal injury lawsuit, and how to minimize the effects if evidence is admitted.

Guest Speaker at Insurance Women of San Antonio (IWSA)

July, 2006 San Antonio, Texas   

Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects, presented at Continuing Education Conference

June, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina   

Featured Speaker at Eagle International Conference – Update Texas Good Faith Insurance Issues

May, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada   

"Update Texas", the May 2006 conference held in Las Vegas, was hosted by Eagle International, an International network of defense attorneys and claim adjusters.

Featured speaker, David Macdonald, presented Good Faith Insurance Issues.

Guest Speaker for Federation of Insurance Women of Texas (FIWT) 2006 Mid-Year Conference

April, 2006 Austin, Texas   

Recent Developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Court Practice seminar, State Bar of Texas (CLE accredited)

January, 2006

Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement, and Contractual Protections Against a Fraud Claim, CLE

June, 2005

Co-author: “Useful Strategies in the Battle of Experts,” Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop

January, 2005 Austin, Texas   
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Educational/Professional Background

  • University of Louisville, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2007
  • Baylor University, Bachelor of Arts, with honors, 2004

Civic and Volunteerism

  • Kansas City Young Lawyers Association
    • New Member's Co-Chair 2012–2016
  • Earl E. O'Connor Inn of Court, 2014–2016
  • United Way, , Kansas City Young Leader Society

Court Admissions

Jennifer Cheek is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Courts

  • Overview
  • Representative Experience
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Honors and Recognitions
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Educational/Professional Background
  • Civic and Volunteerism
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Jennifer Cheek

Shareholder

Email: jcheek@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3320

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Jennifer Cheek has over ten years of experience representing clients in complex catastrophic loss cases in state and federal court nationwide. She practices with an emphasis on deliberate preparation both in the defense of her clients in pending litigation as well as in the development of strategies to limit future exposure and liability.

Jennifer’s practice focuses on product liability, environmental law, toxic torts, transportation, commercial litigation and premises liability. In these complex and high- stakes matters, Jennifer prides herself on her ability to break down and explain complicated technical issues to judges and juries. She has a strong background working with a variety of experts in highly technical cases and enjoys working collaboratively with clients to develop and implement the most effective and efficient defense approaches for each case.

Jennifer attended Baylor University, where she graduated with honors, before earning her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Louisville. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in the states of Texas, Kansas, and Missouri as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.