I practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, maritime injury litigation, construction law and litigation, business litigation, represent individuals and small businesses in class action litigation, and I also handle general litigation matters on behalf of both individuals and small businesses. I also am general counsel to many small to medium-sized corporations and small businesses.
My litigation practice has changed over the years, but now has a primary focus on personal injury litigation, maritime injury litigation, construction litigation, business, and real estate litigation, and also involves property and casualty loss litigation.
Most of my general counsel practice is focused on advising business owners, developers, and individuals on contract drafting and negotiation, governmental regulatory compliance at the state and federal level, labor-related issues, and legal issues encountered throughout the course of business. I enjoy being able to assist small business owners in making their business operate, handle difficult situations, and ensure I protect them on the front end of projects, new areas of growth, and partnerships they are entering in their various industries.
One case I began handling right out of law school shaped how I viewed the way litigation is handled in Louisiana state courts and opened my eyes to how insurance companies handle litigation and the people they are supposed to protect, their insureds. Steering that case through trial, and ultimately to settlement after a jury was selected, was a pivotal point in my understanding of litigation, litigation strategy, and what it means to fight for my clients. I am grateful for that family placing their trust in me, and sincerely am humbled with each client and family who places their faith in me and our firm.
That case, and every other case I have either successfully steered to verdict or settlement, has taught me invaluable lessons. One of the lessons I have consistently been reminded of in litigation is humility. Every win is inches away from a loss. The details, hard work, hours put into case preparation and review when no one is around, and attention to detail is what separates a win from a loss. If you put your trust in me, you can be assured I will pay attention to every detail of your case, and that you will be provided first-class legal services.
I have been able to argue appeals at various Louisiana Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court, as well as the Federal United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in business litigation, personal injury, multidistrict litigation, and property casualty claims. I also was named as class counsel in multiple consumer-based class actions and have been involved in numerous multi-district litigation class actions in Louisiana, including the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, In re: Xarelto, In re: Taxotere, and Chinese Drywall. I serve on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and have regularly given seminars and continuing education presentations to attorneys and real estate professionals.
My first boss out of law school introduced me to an incredible organization: Volunteers of America. I have been a proud supporter since I saw firsthand the various services they provide to the Southern Louisiana community. I am honored to serve on Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana’s Board of Directors. I also have enjoyed working with the organization to raise funds for their mission of organizing their Reach for the Stars Breakfast. The services VOA provides are having a positive effect on our community every day, and I am humbled to be a small part of assisting that effort.
I also serve as an advisory board member of the Colonel Athletic Association, the chief fundraising arm for Nicholls State University Athletics, and am a proud supporter of my alma mater, Nicholls State University.
I obtained my B.A. in Business Administration, cum laude, from Nicholls State University in 2007; and my Juris Doctor in May 2011 from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. At Loyola, I was a member of the Loyola Moot Court, where I was selected as an oralist on the Cultural Heritage Moot Court team which placed 1st at DePaul University’s National Cultural Heritage Moot Court competition. I was also selected as an oralist on Loyola’s National Moot Court team. I was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and received the Law Excellence Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law, and Products Liability.
I am thankful to my parents for teaching me what dedication, consistency, and hard work mean – both in their words and in their example. When I am not at the office or in Court, I am likely spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing golf, or at the beach. If you would like to discuss my firm representing you, give us a call at 504-500-1111, and we can provide a free consultation to see if our services can assist you today.