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Jennifer Brevorka

Partner
P 713-652-9000 | F 713-652-9800
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Jennifer (Jenny) Brevorka is a partner at Rusty Hardin & Associates, maintaining a practice in state and federal criminal law and complex civil litigation. A nimble courtroom advocate and skilled negotiator, she frequently represents officials or executives accused of wrongdoing by their employer, the government, or regulators. Jenny commenced her legal practice with RH&A in 2012, becoming a partner in 2018. 

Jenny has successfully defended individuals and corporations in venues across the United States. Her experience includes criminal jury trials involving multiple defendants in state and federal court, federal criminal trials with questions of international law, and arbitrations. Her clients have included elected officials, CEOs and company presidents, sports agents, whistleblowers, and small businesses.

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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2009
      • Order of the Coif
      • Lead Editor, Alaska Law Review
      • Outstanding Achievement in Family Law Award
    • M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2002
    • B.A., Yale College, 1998
      • David Everett Chantler Award — for courage, strength, and high moral purpose
      • Vicki Jackson Award — for demonstrating concern for quality of life at Yale and Calhoun College
      • Nathaniel Case Award — for spirit of playfulness and care for crew teammates
      • Captain, Yale Women’s Crew Team, 1997-98
  • Representative Cases

    Public Figures and Institutions

    Represented the former general counsel of Houston Community College (HCC) in a contract and whistleblower lawsuit against HCC.  The local college abruptly had fired RH&A’s client, who had an unblemished career, because the general counsel would not permit trustees to violate bidding rules for a $425 Million construction project.  HCC settled with RH&A’s client, providing her $850,000 and a public letter that praised her skills as a lawyer.

    Assisted with the firm’s investigation of University of Texas System Regent on behalf of the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operation. The probe, initiated because of Regent Wallace Hall’s lengthy personal investigations of the UT administration, found four possible grounds for impeaching him. In the end, the House Select Committee censured Hall for misconduct, incompetence, and behavior unbefitting the holder of a state office.  Jenny drafted portions of the report, upon which the State House of Representatives relied in reaching its decision.

    Successfully defended judges on the Juvenile Board in Brazoria County.  Plaintiffs had wrongfully sued all sitting Brazoria County judges as part of an employment dispute.  RH&A succeeded with a Fed. R. Proc. 12(b)(6) motion that Jenny drafted, which resulted in dismissal of litigation against the judges within a few months of the Plaintiffs filing the complaint against the judges.

    Drafted and argued motions that successfully dismissed a lawsuit against all elected judges in Fort Bend County.  Jenny developed the anti-SLAPP strategy under Texas’s Civil Practice and Remedies code, which resulted in RH&A’s clients successful pursuit of sanctions and attorney’s fees against Plaintiffs and opposing counsel.  The attorney’s fees and sanctions award for RH&A’s clients totaled more than $300,000 and was recently upheld on appeal and is one of the largest sanctions awards recorded in Texas.

    Criminal Matters

    Second chair in three week long federal trial of two Brazilian grandparents accused of aiding and abetting their daughter who fled to Brazil with her son amid a Texas divorce proceeding.  The grandparents were arrested on a sealed complaint and detained in jail for almost six weeks.  RH&A’s work resulted in the grandparents being released from a federal detention center prior to trial and an acquittal on the charge of conspiracy.

    Served as second chair in the case of a Texas official accused of improperly securing $11 million grant for biotech firm by misleading colleagues in his role at the state-funded Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. A Travis County jury acquitted RH&A’s client.

    Member of trial team that represented the CEO of publicly traded medical device company whom the United States government prosecuted for wire and securities fraud.  The jury’s conviction of the CEO, after a five-week long trial, was overturned by the Fifth Circuit due to errors by the trial court.

    Represented accountant for an international shipping company whom the Government had served with a grand jury subpoena for company records and potentially privileged materials.  The subpoena was issued as part of international federal investigation out of North Carolina.

    Managed and coordinated the work for a team of eight contract attorneys responsible for reviewing and coding more than 14 Million documents produced by the United States government as part of discovery in a federal wire fraud case in the Eastern District of Tennessee.  RH&A represented the former president of a privately-owned fuel company during a three-month trial in which Jenny served on the trial team and bore responsibility for drafting and arguing pre and post-trial motions, questioning witnesses, and analyzing discovery for possible exhibits.

    Assisted with the Court of Inquiry into the actions of a former District Attorney accused of hiding evidence that led to the wrongful murder conviction and nearly 25-year prison sentence for Michael Morton, who was later exonerated by DNA evidence. The inquiry led to jail time and disbarment for the former prosecutor, Ken Anderson.

    Commercial Matters

    During trial before the Delaware Court of Chancery, Jenny served as second chair in RH&A’s representation of Eric Johnson, former president of Oxbow Carbon, LLC, in litigation against William Koch and Oxbow Carbon.  Johnson’s former employer had sued him for breach of fiduciary duty and contract in a lawsuit where Oxbow and Koch sought to claw-back Johnson’s salary and company stock.  In an expedited case, where the Court ordered discovery and more than 30 depositions to occur within a year, Oxbow and Koch settled with Johnson after RH&A cross examined the plaintiff’s first two witnesses.

    Member of the RH&A team that successfully represented a football agent in a multi-week arbitration against an international sports and talent agency in which an arbitrator determined the agency had terminated the agent without cause.

    Represented three architects who faced disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.  A complaint filed with the Board asserted the architects had violated the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act, a two-step practice that requires government entities to first choose architects based on their qualifications and negotiate price afterward.  Due to RH&A’s representation, the architects maintained their licenses without suspension or censure.

    Participated in oral arguments before Court on dismissal and discovery dispute motions in the case of a doctor accused of breach of partnership, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty by his former partner.  RH&A achieved a favorable outcome for the client through a settlement agreement.

  • Honors
    • 500 Leading Litigators in America, Lawdragon, 2024
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2020 – 2021
    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2020, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
    • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
    • Confidential law clerk to the Hon. James P. Jones (W.D. Va. 2009-2010)
    • Confidential law clerk to the Hon. Emilio M. Garza (5th Cir. 2010-2011)
  • Court Admissions
    • Licensed to practice law in Texas, New York, Florida, North Carolina (inactive), and Ontario, Canada
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • Fourth Department of New York

     

  • Professional Memberships
    • American Bar Association
  • Publications and Seminars
    • Houston Bar Association CLE, June 2017: “Texas State Court Sanctions: How to avoid, seek, and preserve sanctions awards”
    • Federal Bar Association CLE, July 2018: “How to try a case in federal court”