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January 2015 – Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. is pleased to announce the election of two new partners – Jessica J. Childs and Christene Wood.

Jessica J. Childs is a member of the Litigation and Products Liability & Mass Torts sections and is based in the Dallas office. She focuses her practice on defending premises liability, products liability, construction defect, and general negligence cases. Jessica represents premises owners, homeowners, commercial centers, owners and managers of apartment complexes, bars, restaurants, and other business entities in cases involving minor to catastrophic injuries. Jessica also represents real estate agents and brokers in tort and contract-related cases and advises insurers on the enforceability of various contractual provisions, including indemnity and limitation of liability provisions. Jessica graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law, magna cum laude. She is expecting her first child, a boy, in February.

Christene Wood represents domestic and surplus lines insurers with an extensive representation of Syndicates in the London market. Her experience is primarily in the defense of insurers, third party administrators, managing agents, and adjusters in first party contractual and extra-contractual disputes arising from disputes by commercial and personal lines insureds. Her practice also includes the defense of liability and catastrophe claims, as well as providing her clients with assistance in coverage matters and professional liability claims. Christene is based in the Houston office and is a member of the Insurance Litigation & Coverage, Casualty, and Commercial Litigation sections.  She attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center. She has two daughters attending college and volunteers her time as a mentor to juveniles in the justice system.

Thompson Coe is recognized for its civil litigation capabilities and its expertise in insurance law, and has offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas, Saint Paul, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California.  Building its practice on a heritage of more than 60 years, the firm provides a full range of services to the insurance industry and offers many other client services in labor and employment, commercial litigation, premises and product liability, professional liability, securities litigation, mass tort, appellate, administrative law, construction, commercial transactions, real estate and tax, and estate planning.

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