Tammy Jones is Senior Counsel at Baker · Wotring LLP where her practice focuses on environmental law and commercial litigation matters. She has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation and environmental matters, having tried and litigated significant matters for Fortune 500 corporations across the United States and heading the environmental litigation group for one of the largest energy companies in the world. While practicing with Fulbright & Jaworski and Weil, Gotschal & Manges, Ms. Jones served as trial counsel and national trial counsel in automotive and medical device product liability cases. Ms. Jones also represented owners and manufacturers in premises liability cases alleging personal injuries caused by catastrophic industrial accidents, explosions, fires, and releases at refineries, petrochemical facilities and chemical plants. She has handled mass tort and class action cases involving personal injury and property damage claims related to oil and gas operation waste including Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials. Ms. Jones has litigated toxic tort cases involving exposure to benzene, silica, butadiene, vinyl chloride, creosote, agent orange and asbestos. She has taken more than a dozen cases to trial, all resulting in favorable jury verdicts for her clients including:
- Uroda v. Mata (State District Court, Ft. Bend County, Texas) negligence property damage
- Getty v. Bird (State District Court, Harris County, Texas) product liability personal injury and property damages
- Hawks v. Edgebrook (State District Court, Harris County, Texas) dram shop premises liability
- Myers v. Dow Chemical Company (State District Court, Brazoria County, Texas) premises liability (plaintiff alleged injury caused by exposure to toxins)
- Derrington v. General Motors Corporation (State District Court, Webb County, Texas) product liability (plaintiff alleged parapalegia caused by defective product)
- Humphrey v. General Motors Corporation (State District Court, Bexar County, Texas) product liability (plaintiff alleged permanent spinal injuries caused by defective product)
- Laven v. Dow Chemical Company (State District Court, Brazoria County, Texas) premises liability (workplace accident resulted in death)
- Smith v. General Motors Corporation (State District Court, Harris County, Texas) product liability (plaintiff alleged death caused by defective product)
- Meche v. General Motors Corporation (State District Court, Galveston County, Texas) product liability (plaintiff alleged permanent spinal injuries caused by defective product)
- Granberry v. General Motors (hung jury, Federal Court, Dothan, Alabama) product liability (plaintiff alleged death caused by defective product)
- Granberry v. General Motors (retrial Federal Court, Dothan, Alabama) product liability (plaintiff alleged death caused by defective product)
- Williams v. General Motors Corporation (State District Court, Jefferson County, Alabama) product liability (plaintiff alleged death caused by defective product)
Ms. Jones was Senior Counsel for a major international integrated energy company, heading up the environmental litigation group. In addition to her management responsibilities, she oversaw a high stake, high profile environmental litigation docket with significant financial and reputational risk and on which she advised the company’s Executive Committee and Supervisory Board. Ms. Jones served as the litigation advisor to the CEO when he testified before Congress (twice) and for his national public outreach campaign. She led a team of business, government relations, media and legal executives developing policy and strategy for Environmental, Social and Governance issues. Ms. Jones played a key role in the company’s support for natural resource legislation designed to mitigate litigation risk and increase restoration and remediation, including in coastal wetland areas. She was a member of the company’s crisis response team and worked with business and community leaders, elected officials, state and federal agencies, environmental experts and NGO’s to facilitate clean up and recovery during and after a major natural disaster. She directed the company’s defense in climate change litigation, ultimately obtaining relief from the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Jones graduated from the University of Texas, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. She obtained her law degree in 1990 from The University of Texas School of Law where she graduated with High Honors. She participated on the National Mock Trial Team and Board of Advocates and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the Order of Barristers and the Order of the Coif.
Ms. Jones also lived in Switzerland and Germany for an extensive period of time and traveled widely throughout Europe, Africa and Asia - including Japan where she was the ceremonial naming and launching sponsor for a bulk shipping carrier vessel. She served on the Board of Trustees, Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations in Germany for more than ten years. She also volunteered with organizations focused on refugees and children from war and conflict areas. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Chinquapin Preparatory School, a private, non-profit school serving students from Houston’s under-resourced communities.