A leading lawyer in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, Jack Vales focuses his practice on the litigation and arbitration of complex commercial disputes. He has extensive experience representing insurers, including in such matters as reinsurance arbitrations, complex insurance coverage litigations, and corporate litigation matters. Jack’s experience and capabilities as a commercial litigator also extend beyond insurance disputes. He has successfully represented clients in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors, among others, in large scale litigation matters.
Jack began his legal career more than nineteen years ago as an officer in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. During a four-year term of service, he deployed overseas and successfully tried several cases to verdict as a trial counsel with the Army's 10th Mountain Division. Jack's military service provided him with valuable trial experience and cultivated a daily high-intensity focus that drives his practice of law at Dentons.
Jack’s experience and professional capabilities have won him recognition from a variety of legal directories. Most recently, he was recognized in the 2017 editions of Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. The 2017 edition of Chambers USA, in particular, notes that sources describe Jack as a “a tough, creative litigator and a practical problem solver.”
Jack is a member in good standing of the bars of New Jersey, New York and Texas, and he serves as the practice advisor to litigation associates in the Firm's Short Hills, New Jersey office.
Insurance Litigation Matters:
- Representing an underwriter of program insurance business in federal court litigations that seek the recovery of damages arising from the alleged improper underwriting of business by two of the Company’s former program administrators.
- Representing both ceding insurers and assuming reinsurers in confidential reinsurance arbitration proceedings.Representing a life insurer in various litigations alleging the improper marketing of certain life insurance and annuity products as impermissible tax avoidance vehicles.
- Representing workers' compensation insurers in various commercial disputes, including matters involving alleged fraud, broker/agent liability, and professional employer organization issues.
- Serving as lead defense counsel in New Jersey for a major property insurer in numerous lawsuits arising out of Superstorm Sandy. In one such recent matter, the Firm’s insurer-client obtained summary judgment and an award of sanctions against a party that sought to pursue coverage under a policy that canceled before the date of loss.
- Successfully represented a large commercial liability insurer in AAA arbitration proceedings, including a recent merits hearing involving the parties’ rights and obligations under a non-policy agreement and associated commercial general liability insurance policies.
- Successfully litigated a wide range of complex insurance coverage disputes, including claims for bad faith, extra contractual damages, first-party property insurance coverage and third-party liability insurance coverage.
Other Commercial Litigation Matters:
- Representing a manufacturer of pharmaceutical drugs in a complex commercial litigation arising out of an alleged breach of a supply agreement and alleged noncompliance with current good manufacturing practices.
- Representing a provider of health care benefit services in a litigation against a former business partner alleging violations of a non-solicitation agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Successfully defended a major retailer and warranty service provider through appeal in a lawsuit that sought to impose consumer fraud liability and certify a class action.
- Successfully defended an independent broker-dealer in a bankruptcy court adversary proceeding brought to avoid and recover more than US$11 million in wire transfers, leading to a dismissal with prejudice of all claims by the Liquidating Trustee.
- Successfully represented a pharmacy benefits manager in a litigation against a former benefits administrator for breach of the parties’ contractual relationship.
- Successfully defended employees and former employees of clients subpoenaed to testify as witnesses in a variety of litigations, including a mass-tort litigation arising out of an allegedly defective pharmaceutical product, and a high profile action alleging claims under New Jersey’s civil RICO statute against participants in an alleged short-selling scheme.