Jacob M. Stephens grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and graduated from North Central College in 2005, having earned a B.A. in Finance and Economics and a minor in French. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While in law school, Jacob was honored as a member of the Order of the Lytae and achieved inclusion on the Dean's Honor List multiple times.
Jacob represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties on a wide variety of construction related issues. His representative experience includes contract issues, mechanic's liens, contractual and statutory indemnity, payment and performance bonds, construction defects, and contract termination in both the public and private sectors. In addition, Jacob has represented insurance agencies, health care providers and commercial landlords in various litigation including Texas Insurance Code and deceptive trade practice claims, employment law issues, contract claims and evictions, and he regularly advises his clients relating to other general business matters.
He also has extensive experience defending national and regional financial institutions against claims brought by consumers and borrowers under various theories of liability, including breach of contract, conversion, deceptive trade practices, fraud, negligence, wrongful foreclosure, as well as a variety of Texas Uniform Commercial Code claims. In addition, he regularly advises financial institutions on issues relating to real estate tax litigation, having represented financial institutions in hundreds of cases involving ad valorem taxes on their collateral and property.
Jacob has first and second chair trial experience and has successfully represented businesses and individuals in state and federal courts. He is a member of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, the Houston Bar Association and is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. He is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church.