Jay Gueck has been practicing law for over 50 years, having graduated from law school at the University of Colorado in 1963. The year prior to graduation, Jay was a member of the Moot Court team which won the National Championship in New York City, and Jay was fortunate to be named as the outstanding speaker. The judges on the panel included Justice William Brennan and Justice Thurgood Marshal.
Upon graduation, Jay became an associate in the litigation firm of Hindry, Erickson & Meyer, in Denver, Colorado, where he devoted his attention to personal injury, family law, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. He continued with this practice for a number of years, becoming a partner in 1965, as the law firm evolved under different names until William Erickson was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court, at which time the name of the firm became Morrato, Gueck & Colantuno. Jay remained a partner in that firm, continuing with the same areas of practice in which he had engaged for approximately 19 years. During this period of time, Jay was very involved in criminal defense, participating in seven murder cases, of which he was first chair in four of them, achieving acquittals or reduced charges in each case. Jay also successfully defended various public officials, including a district attorney, commissioner of revenue, superintendent of schools, and a county commissioner. In another matter, Jay was appointed by the U.S. District Court to defend a lawyer accused of fraud. This appointment involved an agreement with the U.S. Attorney whereby Jay and his client, who had worked closely with a Belgian baron in a fraud scam, were dispatched to Europe, with Jay posing as an investor, in an effort to entice the baron to return to the United States (neither the FBI nor Interpol could locate the baron), so that the baron could be arrested and returned to Colorado for trial. This venture was successful, and the client was granted immunity in return for his efforts and testimony. Jay determined to end his criminal defense career with this case, whereupon he was appointed, in 1982, to serve as a judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Colorado. Jay served in this capacity until he and his family moved to Texas, in 1986.
Jay is often asked why he decided to move from Colorado to Texas. His response is that he hates the cold and the snow, and every winter in Colorado, said he was leaving – he finally did.
Upon moving to Texas, Jay became a partner in a large international law firm, devoting his attention primarily to bankruptcy. He continued in that area of the law, and later joined with various former partners to form what ultimately became the law firm of Olson Nicoud & Gueck, and Jay again expanded his practice to include the representation of plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury and resumed practice in commercial litigation, as well as bankruptcy.
Jay’s legal experience over the years has been in the litigation field, primarily in tort, commercial litigation, criminal representation, and bankruptcy, as well as an extensive practice
in appellate endeavors. During this period of time, Jay has had the opportunity to serve as lecturer in various litigation and bankruptcy seminars, and in 1981, served as President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
In the course of Jay’s practice, both in Colorado and in Texas, he has been admitted to all state and federal courts in Colorado, including the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and, in 1972, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. After moving to Texas, Jay secured admission to all state and federal courts in Texas, and was admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. More recently, in 2016, Jay was retained to represent an oil company in defending a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, in Chicago. Jay secured a summary judgment for that client, and the case was dismissed. However, the plaintiff appealed, and Jay was then admitted to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where he obtained a dismissal of the appeal.
In 1992, Jay completed training in mediation from Attorney-Mediators Institute, and was certified in May, 1992. Since that time, he has mediated various cases in the fields of commercial litigation, family matters, professional liability, torts, and bankruptcy. Jay continues to practice in litigation, and in bankruptcy, as well as in appellate matters.
When the lease expired for Olson Nicoud & Gueck, one partner retired, and Jay determined to continue to practice but move his practice closer to his home, in Arlington. Thus, he was able to secure a position with the Brandy Austin Law Firm, where he currently devotes his attention to bankruptcy, personal injury, and commercial litigation.