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Jacob Runyon

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“Being humble means recognizing we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others." - Gordon B. Hinckley.


Early Life & Education

Jacob Runyon is a North Texas native who was raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His desire to become an attorney was solidified by his participation in a Mock Trial competition his senior year of high school, where he qualified and competed at the State Capital in Austin. While in high school, Jacob also gained a greater appreciation for neglected seniors, as he volunteered at nursing homes and spent considerable time with residents. After high school, Jacob attended the Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, where he studied Political Science and Business. In 2008, he finished his undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as minor in Business.

While in school, Jacob took time off to serve a 2-year, service/religious mission in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was during this time he became fluent in Portuguese, and this experience helped foster improved communication skills, as well as an increased desire to help others in need.

Legal Training

While in law school in Chicago, Jacob worked as a law clerk, where he gained comprehensive legal skills as well as a love for the practice of law. Jacob also worked as an intern at the public administrators’ office, to help protect the assets of those who died without wills. Jacob has continued his legal training and desire to teach, a passion he is able to maintain through his work as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. At Loyola University Chicago School of Law, he teaches legal research to students in the school’s MJ programs in both health and business law. Jacob also teaches a Master’s Thesis course at Loyola.

Career at Smith Clinesmith LLP

Jacob began working for the Smith Clinesmith LLP in 2017. In 2019, Paul Downey and Jacob won the largest trial verdict for Nursing Home abuse in the State of Texas. After several years of hard work and success with Nursing Home litigation, Jacob was promoted to a Senior Associate Attorney position with the firm. Jacob also has lots of appellate work and in August of 2020, won a large ruling from the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas regarding medical malpractice in Texas.

  • J.D. Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Graduate School
  • B.A. Brigham Young University - Undergraduate School
  • District of Columbia
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Missouri
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
    The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
  • Best Lawyer's 40 under 40
    Best Lawyer's 40 under 40
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