Law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley strengthens insurance practice

Colin Biggers & Paisley special counsel Jessica Jansen

Jessica Jansen (pictured, left) has experience advising on insurance claims, particularly PI, financial lines, and institutional liability claims. She has also advised on financial services compliance matters and risk management and commercial and coverage disputes.

Jansen said she is pleased to join a practice known for the calibre of its insurance offering.

“I am excited to be joining the widely regarded team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. The team is a leader in the insurance space, and the cultural fit is excellent. I look forward to working with the team and supporting our clients,” she said in a statement.

Colin Biggers & Paisley special counsel Hilary Stokes

Hilary Stokes (pictured, right) practices principally in PI insurance law, specifically defending claims against solicitors and barristers, in which she has over 10 years of experience. She also advises on broader commercial litigation matters, including disputes regarding joint ventures.

Stokes said: “Colin Biggers & Paisley’s insurance team has a strong reputation in the market for their client focus. Their client focus aligns with my values, and I am looking forward to working with Patrick Tuohey and the team in Melbourne.”

Colin Biggers & Paisley welcomes new hires to Melbourne team

Cathryn Prowse, co-head of insurance at Colin Biggers & Paisley, has welcomed Jansen and Stokes to the Melbourne team.

“Jessica and Hilary are both terrific additions to the insurance group. Their appointments have been made with our clients’ needs front of mind, and like the other senior lawyers we have welcomed over the last 12 months, they will be instrumental in the delivery of first-rate legal services to our clients and no-doubt foster growth in our focus areas,” she said.

The announcement follows the firm’s appointments of a senior associate and special counsel to the

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Attorney General Ken Paxton agrees to apologize and pay $3.3 million to whistleblowers in settlement

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Attorney General Ken Paxton and four of his former top deputies who said he improperly fired them after they accused him of crimes have reached a tentative agreement to end a whistleblower lawsuit that would pay those employees $3.3 million.

In a filing Friday, attorneys for Paxton and the whistleblowers asked the Texas Supreme Court to further defer consideration of the whistleblower case until the two sides can finalize the tentative agreement. Once the deal is finalized and payment by the attorney general’s office is approved, the two sides will move to end the case, the filing said.

The agreement would bring an end to the lawsuit over the firing of the staffers, but would not end Paxton’s legal troubles. The allegations by the former aides of bribery and abuse of office prompted an FBI investigation, though no charges have been filed and Paxton has denied wrongdoing. Separately, Paxton remains under felony indictment on state charges of securities fraud.

In a joint statement, attorneys for three of the whistleblowers — Blake Brickman, David Maxwell and Ryan Vassar — said, “Our clients are honorable men who have spent more than two years fighting for what is right. We believe the terms of the settlement speak for themselves.”

Don Tittle, a lawyer for the other whistleblower, Mark Penley, said in a statement that the case was really important for “how government should function and what we expect out of our public officials.”

“We think this settlement goes a long way toward restoring the good reputations of the men who brought this suit against the attorney general’s office. They should never have been fired in the first place. [T]his settlement

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Texas AG Ken Paxton to apologize and pay $3.3 million to whistleblowers

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