•Houma, Louisiana, December 8, 1954
•1978 Admitted to bar
•1979 U. S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana
•1981 U.S. Court of Appeals
•Fifth and Eleventh Circuits 1983
•U.S. District Court
•Middle District of Louisiana
•1985 U. S. Supreme Court
•Louisiana Tech University Louisiana State University (J.D., 1978)
•Delta Theta Phi
•East Baton Rouge Parish
•Louisiana State (Board of Governors, 2001-2003, 2009-2011)
•Bar Association; 2001-2003 and 2009-2011
•Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
•Louisiana Law Institute; Council Member, 1996-present, Vice President, 200912015, and President 2016-present
Practice Areas :
•Wills and successions
•Insurance, premises liability and products liability
•Local government and public housing authority law
•Business litigation and employment contracts
•Construction law and disputes
LEAD COUNSEL IN SELECTED REPORTED CASES
1) Williams v. City of Baton Rouge
Supreme Court of Louisiana, April 13, 1999, 731 So.2d 240, 1999 WL 213031;
coverage for acts of a governmental entity.
2) OHM Remediation Services v. Evans Cooperage Co., Inc.
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, July 22, 1997, 116 F.3rd 1574,
44 ERC 2025; CERCLA recovery action.
3) Kanada v. Hartford Life Ins. Co.
United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana, October 6, 1987, 673 F.Supp. 163;
ERISA claim removal.
4) Matter of Elmwood Development Co.
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, July 2, 1992, 964 F.2d 508,
1992 WL 132581; dismissal of serial Chapter 11 filing.
5) Carrier v. City of Amite
Supreme Court of Louisiana, October 19, 2010, 50 So.3d 1247, 2010 WL 4075305;
seller’s duty in products liability claim and basis for expert testimony.
6) Craft v. Thomas
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, First Circuit, March 26, 2010, Not Reported in So.3d,
2010 WL 1170465; abandonment dismissal affirmed.
7) Hayes v. Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Second Circuit, December 13, 2006, 945 So.2d 911,
2006 WL 3627589; tort claim bar for worker’s compensation injury.
8) Knight v. Cracker Barrel Stores, Inc.
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, First Circuit, March 6, 1992, 597 S0.2d 52,
1992 WL 46106; employment related sexual assault claim dismissed.
9) Babin v. Parish of West Feliciana
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, First Circuit, February 17, 2016, 189 So.3d 446,
2016 WL 631991; validity of bond issuance by parish affirmed and damages, including fees, denied in class action proceeding
10) Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. v. Todd
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit, June 2, 2010, Not Reported in So.3d,
2010 WL 2179753; noncompetition provisions of employment contract affirmed.
11) Kent v. Epherson
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Fifth Circuit, December 9, 2003, 864 So.2d 708,
2003 WL 22902593; wrongful death claims against public housing authority dismissed.
12) Kanz v. Wilson
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, First Circuit, November 17, 1997, 703 So.2d 1331,
1997 WL 722774; inter vivos donations invalidated in succession proceeding.
13) Boland v. West Feliciana Parish Police Jury
Court of Appeal of Louisiana, First Circuit, June 25, 2004, 878 So.2d 808,
2004 WL 1417209; bridge design defect claims against parish dismissed.