Houston Firm Is Now Wright Close & Barger with New Name Partner

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Jessica Zavadil Barger’s achievements noted with new name for appellate, litigation firm

HOUSTON – Appellate and civil litigation law firm Wright & Close LLP has changed its name to Wright Close & Barger LLP, adding the name of partner Jessica Zavadil Barger along with the names of firm founders Tom Wright and Howard Close.

“We are very happy to recognize Jessica’s legal talents and business acumen through this name change,” said Mr. Wright. “She has been an outstanding leader for this firm and an outstanding fighter for her clients. Renaming the firm to include her is well-deserved.”

Ms. Barger has experience handling both trial and appellate cases, handling a variety of commercial disputes including insurance defense and coverage matters, product liability, premises liability and personal injury defense. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. To learn more about her work, visit

“It is a high honor to see my name with those of our co-founders, Tom and Howard, who set the standard for our work here, demanding our best for our clients. From the start, I knew that working with the remarkable team of lawyers at this firm was where I wanted to be,” said Ms. Barger.

A member of the firm since 2007, Ms. Barger previously worked as briefing attorney and staffing attorney for Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals. She also worked with two other highly respected law firms. A graduate of the South Texas College of Law Houston, Ms. Barger is recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her appellate work.

Wright Close & Barger is listed in the 2018 Best Law Firms guide by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

Wright Close & Barger LLP is a Houston-based civil trial and appellate firm handling complex trial and appeals work for clients across Texas. Our lawyers have a track record for achieving favorable resolutions in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, insurance coverage, intellectual property, oil and gas, product defects, commercial disputes, arbitration and mediation, trade secrets, and trust and estate litigation, among others. We also assist with pretrial motions, special evidence problems, challenges to expert witnesses, and the critical work on the court’s charge to the jury.