Jacques G. Balette is a co-founder of Marks, Balette & Giessel, P.C. and has dedicated his professional practice to helping those who have been catastrophically injured. Jacques' experience and reputation has allowed him to represent clients in complex cases in more than twelve different states and in over 100 different counties across the country.
Jacques’ commitment, preparation and trial skills have produced some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the United States. His distinguished track record of success for his clients in nursing home malpractice cases, medical malpractice cases, tractor-trailer collisions, product liability cases and breach of partnership cases has been consistently recognized by his peers in the legal profession. In 2013, Jacques was selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine and recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers. In 2012, he was recognized as a “Top Attorney” for excellence in Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice Law by Texas Monthly Magazine and was recognized as one of Texas’ “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. Jacques’ peer review rating by Martindale Hubble is AV Preeminent 5 out of 5.
Jacques was trained in courtroom advocacy by the prestigious Trial Advocacy Program at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. There, he was a member of the Order of Barristers, Chairman of the Board of Advocates, and received the Dean’s Outstanding Student Advocate Award. After graduating from law school, Jacques worked for the first five years of his career as an insurance defense lawyer. This experience provided him valuable insight into the workings of the nursing home and insurance industries. Between 1997 and 2004, while practicing law full-time, Jacques served as an adjunct professor for the Trial Advocacy Program at South Texas College of Law where he lectured and trained students on courtroom advocacy.
Jacques lives in Houston with his wife and three children.
SHAREHOLDER AND CO-FOUNDER Marks, Balette & Giessel, P.C. February 2005 to present
SHAREHOLDER The Marks Firm February 2002 – January 2005
ASSOCIATE, Ware, Snow, Fogel & Jackson, July 1999 – January 2002
ASSOCIATE, Carlson, Smith & Rymer, July 1998 – July 1999
ASSOCIATE, McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, May 1997 – July 1998
Texas, 1997 Tennessee, 2006 Kentucky, 2007 Oklahoma, 2009 North Carolina, 2010 Arkansas, 2013 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
South Texas College of Law, J.D., December 1996 • Order of Barristers • Chairman, Board of Advocates • Dean’s Outstanding Student Advocate Award Southern Methodist University, B.A., December 1993
Member, American Association of Justice Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the AAJ Member, American Bar Association Member, State Bar of Texas Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Member, Tennessee Bar Association Member, Kentucky Bar Association Member, Kentucky Justice Association Member, Oklahoma Bar Association Member, Oklahoma Association for Justice Member, North Carolina Bar Association Member, Arkansas Bar Association Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1997 - 2004
Notable Verdicts and Settlements
STATE BAR RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT REQUIRE ALL ATTORNEYS TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT AND DISCLAIMER TO THEIR CASE RESULTS.
SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS IN ALL CASES DEPEND ON VARIOUS FACTORS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. THEREFORE, PAST RESULTS IN CASES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION OF SIMILAR RESULTS IN FUTURE CASES WHICH MARKS BALETTE & GIESSEL MAY UNDERTAKE.
Mendoza v. Summit Care Corp., et al. (02/22/2006) $160 Million
Goodson v. Luminant, et al. (08/03/2009) $23.2 Million
Bailey v. Senior Living Properties, LLC, et al. (07/23/2003) $13.5 Million
Carr v. Heritage Housing Development, Inc., et al. (10/20/2003) $5.7 Million
Hollins v. Cleaver Memorial Convalescent Center, et al. (11/26/2002) $5.3 Million
Reed v. Senior Living Properties, LLC, et al. (07/23/2003) $4.6 Million
Moore v. Confidential Defendants (12/08/2003) $3.9 Million
Lowe v. Summit Care-Texas, Inc. (07/01/2004) $3.85 Million
Chavez v. Gardner Oil, Inc. (5/28/2010) $3.1 Million
Hughes v. Senior Living Properties, LLC, et al. (07/23/2003) $2.5 Million
Parks v. Southwood Nursing Home (02/19/2003) $2.5 Million
Smith v. Senior Living Services, Inc., et al. (07/23/2003) $2.5 Million
Tenczynski v. Nissi Care Homes, et al. (05/12/2003) $1.5 Million
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Other Notable Cases
Chavez v. Gardner Oil, Inc., 2012 WL 1623420 (Tex.App.-Tyler)
Casas v. Paradez, 267 S.W.3d 170 (Tex. App.—San Antonio, 2008)
Heritage Housing Development, Inc. v. Carr, 199 S.W.3d 560 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.], 2006)
Teague Nursing Home v. Wilson, 168 S.W. 3d 886 (Tex. App.—Waco, 2005)
In Re Gladewater Healthcare Center, 2009 WL 454352 (Tex. App.—Texarkana)
Mt. Holly Nursing Center v. Crowdus, 281 S.W.3d 809, 814 (Ky. Ct. App.2008)
Stanford Health & Rehabilitation Center v. Brock, 2010 WL 323274 (Ky. App.)
In Re: Living Centers of Texas, Inc., 2007 WL 3404619 (Tex. App.—Texarkana)
Lee v. Wilson, 2007 WL 1704895 (Tex. App.—Waco)
In Re: Living Centers of Texas, Inc., 2005 WL 1621929 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist])
In Re: Living Centers of Texas, Inc., 2005 WL 310013 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist])
“Deconstructing A Landmark Resident-on-Resident Abuse Nursing Home Case Against Summit Care Corp.,” Memphis, Tennessee, October 2006
"Discovery Do's and Don'ts: Incorporating Case Strategies into your Discovery Plan", Houston Legal Assistants Association (July 2003)
Lecturer "Dietary Liability: A Texas Lawyer's Perspective," TDA Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition (April 2003)