Biography

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Formal Education

  • Preparatory Education, Tulane University (B.A. cum laude, 1982)
  • Legal Education, Tulane University (J.D. cum laude, 1985)
    • Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws
    • Recipient of Monte M. Lemann Award

Bar Admissions

  • 1985, Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals United States Supreme Court

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections on General Practice, Litigation, and Torts and Insurance Practice, Committees: Insurance Coverage Litigation; Self-Insurers and Risk Managers; and Workers’ Compensation and Employer’s Liability Law)
  • American Judicature Society
  • Bureau of Governmental Research (Member, Board of Directors and Nominating Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Organization for Judicial Excellence (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (Member, Liability Task Force, Labor Management Relations Council, and Employee Relations Council)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Co-Chairman, Workers’ Compensation Committee 1992; Member, Sections on Civil Law and Litigation; Labor and Employment Law; Fidelity, Surety & Construction Law; Insurance, Negligence, Compensation and Admiralty Law; and Sole Practitioners and Small Firms)
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  • New Orleans Claims Association
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.

Instructor

  • Tulane Law School National Trial Team (1994-1995)
  • Tulane Law School – Insurance Law (Guest Lecturer, 2000-Present)

General Counsel

  • Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. (2004-Present)
  • Louisiana Restaurant Association (2006-Present)

Publications

  • “Self Insurance Funds – Is There Any Limit To Their Coverage?”  The Watchdog Report – Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers (Aug. 1996)
  •  “Top Traits of a Professional Lawyer,” 54 La. B.J. 196 (Oct./Nov. 2006)
  • “Food Contamination Claims:  An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” A La Carte (Spring 2007)
  •  “How to Avoid Getting Sued,” A La Carte (Spring 2009)

Reported Decisions

  • Community Coffee Co., Inc. v. Tri-Parish Constr. & Materials, Inc., 490 So.2d 1109 (La. App. 1st Cir. 1986)
  • Dempster v. Louis Eymard Towing Co., Inc., 503 So.2d 99 (La. App. 5th Cir. 1987)
  • Guidry v. Park Dell Terrace P’ship, 561 So. 2d 501 (La. App. 3d Cir. 1990)
  • Brown v. Coregis Ins. Co., 752 So.2d 347 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2000) Smith v. BFI, 831 So.2d 373 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2002)
  • Savana v. Certain Interested Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 825 So.2d 1242 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2002)
  • Kinchen v. Louie Dabdoub Sells Cars, Inc., 915 So.2d 715 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2005)
  • Rager v. Bourgeois, 951 So.2d 330 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2006)
  • Thunderrolls, Inc. v. Ooida Risk Retention Group, 2008 WL 597198 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2008)

 


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