Term: 2014 —2017
Jerry has engaged in commercial trial practice since 1994, when he graduated with honors from The University of Texas School of Law. Before co-founding Crone Hawxhurst, Jerry practiced at the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and, before that, at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s New York and Los Angeles offices.
Jerry's trial practice includes complex commercial disputes, class actions, employment matters, antitrust, royalty, copyright, trade secret, entertainment, securities and general business disputes in state and federal courts, as well as private arbitrations. Jerry also provides pre-dispute and compliance counseling on a variety of legal issues.
Jerry was born and raised in South Texas. He proudly represents a number of Texas-based clients, and is often asked by Texas law firms to act as their co-counsel in California litigation and is referred matters by them. His firm, Crone Hawxhurst, is opening an Austin office in the fall of 2013.
Jerry has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and a national “New Star” by Law Dragon magazine (2006). Jerry has been recognized by Law Dragon as one of the top 3,000 lawyers in the U.S., based on a survey of attorneys and clients.
Jerry and his wife Sue divide their time between Palos Verdes Estates, California and Jonestown, Texas. They have four children and are active members of the Palos Verdes PTA and the Peninsula Education Foundation. They are proud supporters of UT. They are Sheffield Fellows of The University of Texas School of Law, members of The University of Texas Littlefield Society and the Chancellor’s Council. Jerry is a member of the University of Texas Development Board.