Michael W. Jones
Business and Commercial Vice Chair
Banking, Investment & Finance Chair
Michael Jones focuses on insurance, business and regulatory matters including acquisitions and sales, corporate reorganizations, shareholder and buy-sell agreements, employment contracts, business contracts, federal and state tax issues, and controversies. He has been involved with various business, corporate and tax matters for the firm’s insurance clients, including retail agencies, wholesale agencies and brokers, insurance companies, reinsurers and service entities. This includes formation and licensing of insurance companies, brokers and agencies, as well as handling regulatory enforcement action.
Michael also handles business, corporate, tax and transactional matters for various business entities and individuals. He advises and assists clients with all aspects of business law.
Michael’s regulatory practice has included representation of insurance industry clients before the Texas Department of Insurance and the State Office of Administrative Hearings, as well as contested tax matters before the Comptroller’s Office.
Michael has acted as counsel to various insurance trade associations, including serving as counsel on over 19 auto rate hearings. He has been involved in various litigation matters, including disputes over premium tax and the interpretation of various Texas Department of Insurance rules and regulations.
Sale of life divisions of Texas and Oklahoma insurance companies
Sale of insurance agencies through both asset sales and stock sales, including sale of s-corporation treated as an asset acquisition for tax purposes
Formations and holding company structures
Representation of sellers in sale of conference calling company to publicly traded company
Tax driven reorganization of Texas entities
Various tax matters before the Texas Comptroller
Texas Department of Insurance enforcement actions against insurance companies, agencies and individual agents
Formation and licensing of retail insurance agency as subsidiary of financial services holding company
Texas licensing of Mexican casualty subsidiary of US insurance holding company group
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Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Baylor University School of Law
The University of Texas at Austin
Professional and Community Activities
State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association