Cozen O’Connor: Skaggs, Jake P.

Jake P. Skaggs

Member

Houston

(832) 214-3926

(832) 214-3905

Jake P. Skaggs handles large loss files for the firm's Subrogation & Recovery Department throughout Texas and Louisiana, including retaining experts, identifying responsible parties, and litigating the matter through arbitration or trial.

Jake earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University in 1998. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2001, where he served as an assistant editor of the South Texas Law Review. 

News

Cozen O’Connor Names 17 Attorneys to Membership in the Firm

April 28, 2008

Cozen O’Connor has announced that 17 of its associates have been named members of the firm. ''We are extremely proud to welcome these highly qualified attorneys into membership in the firm,'' said Thomas A. Decker, president and chief executive officer of Cozen O'Connor, ''Their individual and combined contributions reflect the talent and strength of our firm.''

Publications

Looking to the Constitution for Recovery Options Due to Seasonal Flooding [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

October 16, 2015

Earlier this year, Houstonians awoke to find most of their city underwater. This month, South Carolina experienced torrential rains that were so severe that—in some areas—the total rainfall exceeded the expected rain totals for a 1 in 1,000 year storm. The World Resources Institute, in collaboration...

Potential Recovery Opportunities Arising From Pollution Claims [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

January 15, 2014

Energy production in the United States is at an all-time high. In 2013, an average 7.5 million barrels of oil were pumped every day, which bested the previous production record (2012) by one million barrels. Domestic oil production has increased every year from 2011 to 2013. By comparison, between 1971 and 2011, oil production in the United States decreased 29 of the 40 years. Regardless of whether this level of domestic production can be sustained for the long term, elevated domestic oil production is a reality for the near future. Unfortunately, more oil production and the by-products that are created as a result of that production, increases the likelihood a spill or release will occur that can damage property and give rise to an insurance claim.

How Much for that Doggie in the Window? Potential Changes to the Value of a Pet May Be on the Horizon [Subrogation and Recovery Alert]

December 28, 2012

What is the value of a prized pet? Will the law on pet value change in Texas in 2013? How do other states value pets? Those questions and others are addressed in our December Subrogation Alert discussing whether the sentimental value of a pet can be recovered.

Texas Supreme Court Reiterates Cost to Repair Property Must Be "Reasonable and Necessary" [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

September 14, 2012

In a subrogation case, what type of evidence is required to prove real property damages at trial? Many times, the only evidence of damages that is readily available is the property adjuster’s Xactimate estimate and testimony. As of late, this type of evidence is no longer sufficient. In...

When is an Expert Report a Draft and When is it a Report? That is the Question. [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

November 28, 2011

When to draft an expert report is an area of disagreement amongst subrogation professionals, attorneys and experts. Typically the attorney will request that an expert wait to draft a report until discovery is complete and the deadline to designate testifying experts is on the horizon. Conversely,...

Summer 2010 [Subrogation & Recovery Observer]

July 29, 2010

Summer 2010 - Subrogation & Recovery Observer -

Ford Recalls 500,00 Ford Escapes for Fire Causing Defect [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

April 16, 2007

Ford Recalls 500,00 Ford Escapes for Fire Causing Defect - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 1 pg total. Ford initiated the recall after receiving numerous complaints that the Escapes’ anti-lock brake module was over-heating, smoking and sometimes catching fire. Similar to the very familiar speed control deactivation switch fires, the Escapes’ anti-lock brake module is always energized and it can catch fire even if the car is turned off and the keys are out of the ignition.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

NASP 2019 Annual Conference

October 27, 2019 - National Harbor, MD

The National Association of Subrogation Professionals will hold their 2019 Annual Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC.

Past Events

Houston Claims Association's February CE Seminar

February 08, 2017 - Houston, TX

NEFCO Subrogation Seminar

November 17, 2016 - Houston, TX

Industry Sectors

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1998
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Louisana
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association