Jay Dushkin – Profile & Background

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Jay H. Dushkin received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984. He is admitted to practice law in all Texas state courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Although exclusively practicing law, Jay is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Jay has been licensed to practice law in Texas for more than 24 years. He is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory which is the publication’s highest rating.

Jay began the practice of law in September 1984 with the law firm of Saccomanno & Clegg, L.L.P., becoming a partner in 1990. On May 1, 1999, Jay opened his own firm, The Law Offices of Jay H. Dushkin.

Background:

Born April 6, 1959, Jay Dushkin is a native Houstonian. Jay’s parents also came from the area. His father, Aaron W. Dushkin, attended San Jacinto High School and his mother, Dianna Rothenburg Dushkin attended high school in Conroe.

Jay’s parents instilled a strong work ethic in their children. By age 13, Jay was sorting, bagging and delivering clothes at his aunt’s drycleaning business. By the age of 16 he had become the Assistant Manager of the Men and Boys Department at the old Sage Department Store. Jay also took jobs that fed his love of sports. He was a Press Runner for the Houston Aeros Hockey Team from 1975–1977, a bat boy for the Houston Astros, and an operator of the old electronic scoreboard, then the largest in the world, at the Astrodome. Jay has fond memories of pressing the button that would set off the magnificent scoreboard display for home runs and touchdowns.

Jay was also an academic achiever. After high school, he majored in accounting at the University of Texas at Austin. Jay received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and then went straight on to the School of Law at the University of Texas. Jay received his law degree in 1984. Jay was licensed as a CPA exam in January, 1988.

After receiving his law license, Jay signed on in 1984 with the Houston law firm of Saccomanno & Clegg, L.L.P. In less than 6 years, Jay became Saccomanno & Clegg’s youngest partner. Jay received wonderful experience and achieved great success at Saccomanno & Clegg, but when it dissolved in 1999, Jay grabbed at the opportunity to start his own firm. Today Jay continues to enjoy a successful and diverse law practice.

Jay and his wife of more than 20 years are blessed with a happy marriage and three great kids. When not practicing law, Jay spends most of his spare time playing sports, coaching and attending sports activities for his three sons.

Legal Experience, Current Practice:

From its inception in 1953 through its dissolution in 1999, Saccomanno & Clegg was involved in litigation, labor law, and commercial law. Although they specialized in litigation, the firm’s lawyers, including Jay, practiced in most areas of commercial law. These areas included general civil matters, labor law, antitrust and securities litigation, banking, bankruptcy, corporate law, contract law, eminent domain, and real estate law.

Jay’s first years at the firm gave him an extensive background in creditor and debtor law and real estate litigation. In those early years, Jay prepared loan documentation for banks and collected loans. In the course of this representation, Jay got experience foreclosing on secured assets, filing deficiency judgments and representing bank-creditors in Bankruptcy court.

In subsequent years at Saccomanno & Clegg, Jay became proficient in other areas of law even as he continued to represent banks. Jay represented a wide range of businesses, including manufacturers, retailers, investment services, and trust companies. Jay also represented all types of corporations in legal matters from formation onward. Jay conducted business negotiations for his clients, drafted contracts and advised clients about their contractual obligations, processed claims and collections, and assisted his clients with other day-to-day business issues. In addition, Jay assisted both major and small independent financial institutions in real estate lending projects ranging from office buildings and retail developments to subdivision development and home construction.

While at Saccomanno & Clegg, Jay also became involved in several antitrust and securities cases, working with prominent and respected attorneys from across the nation. Jay assisted plaintiff’s counsel in the Brand Names anti-trust litigation in the early 1990’s and was subsequently involved in the High Fructose Corn Syrup anti-trust litigation.

When Jay started his own firm in 1999, he realized it was an opportunity to incorporate his core values into his practice and realize his mission statement. Those values are integrity, caring, providing legal services that are valuable to the client, and respecting clients, opponents and vendors.

Jay’s mission is to provide valuable legal services to each client, including telling them what they need to know even if it is not what they want to hear. It is to practice law with integrity and to help his clients achieve their business goals.

Jay treats his clients as he would want to be treated as a client. He attempts to achieve their objectives in a cost-effective and practical manner. He shoots straight and talks in layman’s terms to his clients. He fully explains to them all the legal and practical effects of their choices, whether their matter is litigation or a business transaction. To opposing counsel, Jay acts as a zealous advocate for his clients.

Jay’s background and experience let him quickly see the “big picture” and he is able to navigate creative, cost-effective and practical solutions for his clients’ legal problems. He is an excellent negotiator and an excellent warrior and brings all those skills into play as needed for each of his clients.