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Brian Jones is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans and is the co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Group. He represents clients in all aspects of business litigation, but focuses his practice on complex coverage and defense issues concerning life, property and casualty, and professional lines insurance and reinsurance. Mr. Jones has also represented clients in matters regarding antitrust, data breaches, securities, annuities, commercial contracts, and commercial real estate disputes. Mr. Jones’ experience includes the following:

• Representing a domestic automobile insurer in a multi-district litigation alleging violations of the Sherman Act associated with direct repair programs;
• Representing a domestic insurer at trial and appeal concerning allegations that it paid the incorrect beneficiary of a life insurance policy;
• Representing financial services clients in numerous cases concerning violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act;
• Representing a religious association in litigation concerning a health insurance enrollment contract;
• Representing a domestic TV importer at trial and appeal concerning the alleged breach of contract of a commercial warehousing agreement;
• Representing a U.S. bank in a class action alleging violations of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act;
• Representing a domestic insurance association, as amicus curiae, supporting the transfer of a class action to the Indiana Supreme Court;
• Representing a CEO at trial and appeal in a case brought by his former employer alleging financial misdealing;
• Representing a U.S. hotel chain in a case alleging violations of a commercial lease.Representing a domestic insurer regarding coverage for claims arising from contaminated produce;
• Representing a Bermuda reinsurer in an ARIAS arbitration concerning a “finite” stop-loss agreement;
• Representing a Bermuda reinsurer in a series of cases in South Texas concerning a workers compensation coverage scheme;
• Representing a domestic life insurer in an ARIAS arbitration concerning a number of denied “impaired risk” life insurance policies;
• Representing a domestic insurer in an ARIAS arbitration concerning automatic premium adjustments;
• Representing a London excess insurer concerning coverage for disallowed tax shelters sold by a national law firm;
• Representing a domestic insurer and reinsurer in an ARIAS arbitration and related state court insurer receivership proceeding concerning the validity of certain policy transfers under U.K. law;

Mr. Jones received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and his master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was the director of communications for the Legal Research Board and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Jones taught high school geography, government, and economics in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Jones is a member of the State Bars of Indiana and Texas, a member of the Defense Research Institute, a former member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and is licensed to practice before all state courts in Indiana and Texas, as well as all federal courts in Indiana, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits.

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Education

The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2003)
Trinity University (B.A. in political science, cum laude, 1996)
Trinity University (M.A. in teaching, 1997)

Honors / Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016-2020; Indiana Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars Edition (2012-2014, Business Litigation and Insurance Coverage); Texas Rising Star in Business Litigation (Law & Politics, 2010); Pro Bono Associate of the Year (Akin Gump, San Antonio, 2007)

Appearances / Publications

“Writing a Reservation of Rights: A North America Compendium,” Indiana, Defense Research Institute (2014); “Three E-Discovery Principals for Insurers,” National Business Institute, Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar (2013); “Indiana Insurance Law Update:  2012” and “The Duty to Defend and Duty to Indemnify in Indiana:  Current Questions and Issues,” National Business Institute; Insurance Law 2013 Seminar (2013); “Avoiding Appraisal Pitfalls,” National Business Institute’s Property Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Claims Seminar (2012); “Litigating Life Insurance and Annuity Claims,” American Conference Institute (2012); “Additional Insureds By Contract:  Developments and Lessons in 2011,” ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry” (2011); “Non-Trivial Pursuit:  New Seventh Circuit Opinion Raises Concerns for Insurers,” The Indiana Litigator  (Summer 2011); “Consumer Litigation Against Insurance Companies: Recent Developments and Current Trends,” 12th Annual Consumer Financial Services Litigation Institute, Practising Law Institute, 2007

Appointments / Memberships

Defense Research Institute (2011 – present); Zionsville Chamber of Commerce (2017 – present); Federal Bar Association (2004 – 2014); Indiana State Bar Association (2011 – 2013); Indianapolis Bar Association (2011 – 2012); American Diabetes Association (Community Leadership Board, 2011); Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (2011); Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (2006)

Admissions

Indiana, Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas