Aldrich Pump, LLC (Ingersoll-Rand)
Allamon Tool Company, Inc.
Altria Group, Inc.
The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.
Baton Rouge Harbor Service, Inc.
Benco Dental Supply Company
Black Bear Transmission, LLC
The Chemours Company
The Continental Insurance Company
Cytec Industries, Inc.
Daimler Trucks North America, LLC
Deere & Company
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Edward Jones & Co., LP
Elevating Boats, LLC
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Ford Motor Company
General Electric Company
General Motors Company
Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc.
James Marine, Inc.
Luhr Bros., Inc.
Murray Boiler, LLC (Trane Technologies)
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
PBF Holding Company, LLC
Phillips 66 Company
Raw Threads Athletic, LLC
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Shell Oil Company
TC Energy Corporation
Vivendi Universal, S.A.
We have decades of experience defending premises owners, manufacturers, and oil-and-gas companies in personal injury lawsuits stemming from alleged exposure to harmful substances in both occupational and non-occupational settings—be it asbestos, benzene, radiation, vinyl chloride, silica, dioxin, loud noise, or others. Whether brought by employees, contractors, or those living near industrial facilities, our attorneys are well-versed in developing the facts and legal arguments necessary to defeat these claims via identification of alternative sources of exposure, shortcomings in the dose-response relationship, debate in the scientific community on disease processes and causes, or longstanding weaknesses in historical testimony from the expert witnesses frequently involved in these matters. Whether the cause of action is based on negligence, nuisance, or strict liability, toxic-tort defense has long been and remains one of the firm’s core practices.
We regularly advise and defend major oil, gas, and pipeline companies in energy-related matters ranging from regulatory compliance to personal injury and property damage. Our attorneys are experienced in the defense and resolution of claims brought by private landowners and government entities for historic (“legacy”) contamination, as well as claims for land loss and other property damage. Additionally, our attorneys represent oil, gas, and pipeline companies in the defense of personal injury and property damage claims related to exposure from chemical spills or industrial releases, including claims for exposure to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). We also handle claims for third-party liability and defense of related class actions.
We represent vessel and offshore platform owners and operators, towing companies, marine construction companies, fleet operators, pipeline owners, shipyards, operators of offshore supply vessels, and their insurers in litigation concerning personal injuries and property damage occurring on inland waterways and in the Gulf of Mexico in maritime and Jones Act cases, including claims for maintenance and cure, wrongful death, contractual defense and indemnity, limitation of liability, breach of the warranty of seaworthiness, collisions, allisions, additional assured coverage issues, and platform and pipeline damage claims. We also represent maritime employers in Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation proceedings and national trucking companies in cases arising out of motor vehicle accidents.
We represent manufacturers in litigation arising from alleged injuries resulting from the use of our clients’ products, regardless of whether the claims arose prior or subsequent to Louisiana’s Products Liability Act, including claims for negligence, strict product liability, failure to warn, defective design, and defective construction or composition.
We defend property owners who have been sued for alleged injuries that occurred on their premises, including claims for strict premises liability arising out of an allegedly unreasonably dangerous condition of the property.
We represent insurers and their insureds in coverage disputes under a variety of policies, such as protection and indemnity, hull and machinery, maritime employer’s liability, marine general liability, commercial general liability, bumbershoot and excess, automobile, and homeowner’s policies, including issues involving the duty to defend, waiver, additional insured coverage, contractual liability coverage, and others.
We help employers draft employment agreements and policies. We also defend complaints filed against them with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and participate in EEOC mediations. While we prefer to become involved in the process before a lawsuit is filed, we nevertheless have many years of experience litigating employment-related disputes, including claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, issues of occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation, and unemployment compensation, among others.
A sizable portion of the matters that we handle, such as claims arising from toxic exposure, environmental contamination, and product liability, are brought as either class or mass actions. As a result, our attorneys have amassed significant experience in managing and defending lawsuits involving hundreds—and often thousands—of claimants, and they bring to bear a comprehensive understanding of the complexities involved in these actions, both practical and legal.
We represent companies large and small that are involved in a range of general commercial disputes, including antitrust, bad faith, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty actions, business torts, construction claims, and debtor–creditor relations. We also defend business owners, homeowners, and automobile owners who are involved in a variety of disputes based on breach of contract and tort theories, including negligence, gross negligence, strict liability, and intentional tort, as well as disputes arising out of slip-and-fall incidents and other premises liability-related issues.
Our firm routinely handles an array of matters in addition to those described above, including claims related to franchises and dealerships, real estate law, municipal law, securities law, and all types of personal injury cases.