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Jeff Janota devotes his practice to the defense of clients and insurers in civil litigation matters involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, products liability, construction defect, professional liability, UM/UIM and bad faith.

Jeff routinely represents developers, property owners and management companies, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, hotels, insurance companies, agents, transportation companies and drivers.

Jeff’s approach to litigation focuses on early case evaluation and cost-effective resolution through settlement or dispositive motion. When early resolution is not possible, Jeff will not hesitate to take a case to trial or arbitration. Jeff has resolved hundreds of cases outside of trial and has successfully tried more than twenty cases to jury verdict.

Representative Experience

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a homeowner’s association involving claims brought by a homeowner.

Negotiated a favorable settlement against a media production company in a traumatic brain injury case.

Obtained summary judgment for a major insurance carrier involving claims of breach of contract, bad faith, insurance code violations and deceptive trade practices related to damage claims arising from the Bastrop Wildfires.

Negotiated favorable settlement for a national automotive parts distributor involving wrongful death resulting from an automobile collision.

Obtained summary judgment for a motorcycle safety training company by enforcing a pre-injury release of liability.

Handled defense of a property management company for severe spinal injuries resulting in quadriplegia arising from a diving incident.

Successfully defended lawsuits through jury trial involving personal injuries arising out of motor vehicle collisions.

Represented a national foundation repair company in litigation and arbitration of numerous disputes involving claims of breach of contract, breach of warranties, deceptive trade practices and negligence.

Representation of numerous contractors and trades in a multitude of construction defect lawsuits involving residential, commercial and multifamily projects.

Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a major insurer involving allegations of breach of contract, insurance code violations and bad faith.

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Education

South Texas College of Law

J.D., 1995

Southwest Texas State University

B.S., summa cum laude, 1992

Bar Admissions

Texas

1996

Court Admissions

United States District Court of Texas

Southern and Western

Professional and Community Activities

State Bar of Texas

Construction, Litigation and Insurance Sections

Austin Bar Association

Litigation and Construction Sections

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

DRI (Defense Research Institute)

Green Building Certification Institute

LEED Green Associate

Austin Bar Association

Board of Directors, 2008-2009

Texas Bar Foundation

Life Fellow

Travis County Construction Law Section

Elected Chair, 2021