Representative Cases

Admiralty & Maritime

  • Representing marine interests in Jones Act defense, collisions, cargo disputes and marine casualties

Commercial Litigation

  • Representing one of the United States' largest helicopter operators in all phases of its operations including financing, charters, air medical operations, and aircraft casualties
  • Represented a business owner for the recovery of business interruption in United States District Court for the Northern District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge Duplicating Products, Inc. v. The Travelers Indemnity Company)
  • Represented numerous business entities in disputes with a construction company (Interstate Restoration Group v. Al Copeland Investments)
  • Breach of contract and collections commercial litigation (Al Copeland Investments, Inc. v. Fontainebleau Resorts, L.L.C.)
  • Handled a contract and products liability matter in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Diversified Foods and Seasonings, Inc. v. Basic Food Flavors, Inc., et al.)
  • Construction dispute (CCB of Bossier City, L.L.C. v. Devier Const., L.L.C.)
  • Handled an environmental matter in the Middle District of Louisiana (Giauque v. Clean Harbors Plaquemine, L.L.C.)
  • Handled property contamination claims and a torts to land matter in the Middle District of Louisiana (Cassels, et al. v. Wilsonhart International, Inc., et al.)
  • Defense of mass injury toxic torts and personal injury claims in the Eastern District of Louisiana (LaFrance, et al. v. Chevron Oronite Co., et al.)
  • Handled a landlord/tenant lease dispute in D.C.La. (Thomas Jefferson Construction Corporation v. Copeland's of New Orleans, Inc.)
  •  Handled numerous insurance coverage disputes, including:
    • Diversified Foods & Seasonings, Inc. v. Lexington Insurance Co.
    • Boutique Hotels, Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Co.
    • Gulf Ventures Associates v. Zurich Insurance Company
    • Folsom Corporation, et al. v. Travelers Indemnity Company
    • Al Copeland Investments, Inc., et al. v. Lexington Insurance Company, et al.
    • Premiere, Inc. v. Commercial Underwriters Ins. Co.

Oil & Gas

  •  Represented numerous national oil companies and contractors in litigation matters determining the parameters of tort liability in Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) operations
  • Representing oil companies and oil service companies in a wide range of litigation, including construction disputes, contract disputes, class actions, casualties, environmental contamination and product liability
  • Represented national oil company in multi-million dollar recovery of platform damages caused by vessel allision during tropical storm, defeating Act of God defense
  • Represented national oil companies and contractors in litigation emanating from oil and gas well blow out

Employment

  • Successful in winning U.S. 5th Circuit Court appeal, circumscribing claimant's ability to force an employer to pay attorney's fees (Andrepont v. Murphy)
  • Represented in defense of an employer in the Western District of Louisiana (Hodges v. First Choice Armor, et al.)
  • Represented an employer in a wage dispute (Kevin Parkins v. Total Sleep Holding, Inc.)
  • Defended an employer against race discrimination claims in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Harrison v. Treuting, et al.)
  • Defended an employer against sexual harassment claims in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Savoie v. Seacraft Shipyard)
  • Defended an employer against an ADA claim in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Martin v. Copeland's of New Orleans, Inc.)
  • Defended an employer against a race discrimination claim in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Sheppard v. Diversified Foods)
  • Defended an employer against race and age discrimination claims in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Hembree v. DynMcDermott)
  • Defended an employer against a race discrimination claim in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans (Doby v. Copeland's)

Insurance Coverage & Defense

  • Representing national insurer in third party Chinese Drywall litigation initiated in Louisiana against insurer
  • Representing national insurer in every coverage lawsuit filed in Louisiana against the insurer by its insureds a result of Hurricane Gustav, including bad faith claims
  • Negotiated and created a framework for the first mass settlement of over 700 Hurricane Katrina insurance claims pending in the Eastern District for national insurer
  • Defending national insurer in mass joinder litigation pending in the Eastern District and involving hundreds of Hurricane Katrina bad faith claims for coverage under homeowners policies
  • Obtained zero verdict for self-insured commercial entity in serious personal injury case involving plaintiff who underwent three separate surgeries following the accident and affirmation of the verdict on appeal to the Louisiana First Circuit

Product Liability

  • Representing a large automobile manufacturer in all of its product liability, warranty and commercial matters in Louisiana