PROFESSIONALISM IN TRIAL PRACTICE:SPERLING LEADS CLE COURSE

On November 9th, Frilot attorney Peter Sperling took part in the New Orleans Bar Association's 11th Hour Professionalism & Ethics CLE. He lead "Professionalism in Trial Practice - Views from the Bench and Bar", along with Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Orleans Parish Civil District Court and attorney Irving Warshauer.

They discussed the importance of trying to be professional in dealing with various issues that arise during discovery and at trial.

FRILOT LLC ANNOUNCES ATTORNEY BARRY CAMPBELL JOINS THE FIRM

(September 29, 2017) Frilot LLC is pleased to announce Barry Campbell who joins the firm's Mass Tort and Class Actions Practice Area as senior counsel.  Representing manufacturers and distributors, Mr. Campbell has managed cases through all phases of litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts. He has successfully defended clients in claims involving both malignant and non-malignant asbestos-related diseases, mesothelioma and other occupational-exposure diseases.

Mr. Campbell iis admitted to practice in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Washington, D.C. and before the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Tribal Court and the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.  

Adding to his many accomplishments, Mr. Campbell is also a certified MS firefighter and a First Responder.

FRILOT LLC WELCOMES RODNEY 'ROCKY' SEYDEL TO THE FIRM

(October 2, 2017)  Frilot LLC is pleased to welcome Rodney A. "Rocky" Seydel, Jr. to the firm as senior counsel.  He will practice in the firm's Medical Malpractice & Healthcare and Commercial Litigation sections.

A seasoned litigator, Mr. Seydel has focused on general casualty litigation, including medical malpractice, premises liability, automobile liability and products liability.  He has also taken part in  over 1,500 mediations primarily involving commercial disputes, maritime and oilfield litigation, personal injury matters, and insurance disputes. He participated in over 100 mediations of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita insurance claims.

Mr. Seydel is admitted to practice in Louisiana and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana. Mr. Seydel resides in New Orleans and is involved in a variety of civic activities.

11 FRILOT ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED BY SUPER LAWYERS

Frilot is proud to announce that 11 attorneys were recently recognized by Super Lawyers, nine as 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers and three as 2017 Rising Stars. Congratulations to our attorneys for their hard work and achievements!

The following Frilot LLC attorneys were recognized as 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers, listed with the category for which they were chosen:


  • Benjamin M. Castoriano - Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Employment Litigation, Intellectual Property,  Rising Stars 2014 - 2017

  • Miles P. Clements - Energy & Natural Resources, Transportation/Maritime, Business Litigation, Selected to Super Lawyers 2007 -2017

  • Everett R. Fineran- Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Rising Stars 2016 - 2017

  • A.J. Krouse - Class Action/Mass Torts, Employment & Labor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Litigation,  Selected to Super Lawyers 2007 - 2008, 2010, 2013 - 2017

  • J. Dwight LeBlanc, III - Transportation/Maritime, Personal Injury - General, Personal Injury - Products Selected to Super Lawyers 2007 - 2017

  • Joseph E. Lee III - Transportation/Maritime, Appellate, Civil Litigation Selected to Super Lawyers 2013 - 2017

  • Heather A. McArthur - Employment & Labor, Business Litigation Rising Stars 2014 - 2017

  • Patrick J. McShane - Transportation/Maritime, Insurance Coverage, Class Action/Mass TortsSelected to Super Lawyers 2008 - 2017

  • Joseph N. Mole  - Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Intellectual Property LitigationSelected to Super Lawyers 2007 - 2017

  • Peter E. Sperling - Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice, Health Care Selected to Super Lawyers 2007 - 2017

  • Campbell E. Wallace - Personal Injury - General, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - Products Selected to Super Lawyers 2013 - 2017

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.  Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the honor of being named Super Lawyers.  Rising Stars must be 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named Rising Stars.

A.J. KROUSE ELECTED TO COLLEGE OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATORS' BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A.J. Krouse was recently elected to the College of Commercial Arbitrators' Board of Directors. Mr. Krouse was accepted into the College as a Fellow in 2009 and has been an active member since then.

The College is a not-for-profit corporation that meets as an organization at least once each year. Fellowship in the College is by invitation of the Board. Membership criteria include substantial experience as a commercial arbitrator, high ethical standards, and high regard in the field among academics, other neutrals and counsel.

The mission of the College includes: promoting professionalism and high ethical practice in commercial arbitration; adopting and maintaining standards of conduct; developing “best practices” materials; and providing peer training and professional development, opportunities for interaction among peers, and diversity within commercial arbitration.

A.J. KROUSE RECEIVES 2017 LEADERSHIP IN LAW AWARD

Frilot LLC is pleased to announce that partner A.J. Krouse is a recipient of the New Orleans CityBusiness 2017 Leadership in Law award. The annual Leadership in Law award honors the Top 50 lawyers in the Greater New Orleans area based on their legal, professional and community contributions. Krouse will be recognized alongside his fellow honorees at a cocktail reception taking place May 22nd at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He will also be featured in a special insert profiling all 2017 “Leadership in Law” honorees in the May 26th issue of New Orleans CityBusiness. 

DEFENSE VERDICT IN FAVOR OF AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON AFTER 6 DAY JURY TRIAL

Frilot, LLC, partners Peter E. Sperling and John B. Cazale obtained a defense verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon after a six day jury trial in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. 

The defendant orthopedist performed primary knee replacement surgery on the plaintiff who ended up having to have multiple revisions surgeries. The allegations were that the surgeries were performed in a substandard manner which resulted in the need for the revisions. The defense was that the surgeon met the standard of care and that the multiple surgeries were not due to any substandard care on the part of the orthopedic surgeon. After deliberating for approximately three hours, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.” 

FRILOT ANNOUNCES NEW ATTORNEYS LAUREN GUICHARD AND BRITTANY SLOAN

(May 7, 2016) Frilot LLC is proud to announce new attorneys Lauren Guichard and Brittany Sloan. 


Lauren Guichard practices in the firm's Admiralty & Maritme and Insurance Coverage practice areas. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2014, where she won the Loyola Moot Court Outstanding Senior Award and wrote for the Loyola Law Review. She earned an M.B.A from the Millsaps College Else School of Management in Jackson, Mississippi. 


Brittany Sloan practices in the firm's Medical Malpractice & Healthcare Practice Area. Originally from South Florida, Ms. Sloan graduated from Tulane Law School, magna cum laude, in 2012. She previously clerked for the Honorable Regina H. Woods at Orleans Parish Civil District Court and was a Central Staff law clerk at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was also a summer extern for the Honorable Ivan L. R. Lemelle at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 

EVERETT FINERAN AND KATIE PONTIER RICE ELECTED PARTNERS OF THE FIRM

(April 2, 2016) Frilot LLC is pleased to announce that Everett R. Fineran and Kathleen 'Katie' Pontier Rice were recently elected members of the firm. 


Mr. Fineran practices with the firm's Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort and Class Action Sections, focusing primarily on complex litigation such as that involving the BP oil spill. He also handles a variety of claims ranging from personal injury defense for trucking companies to general commercial insurance litigation and dispute resolution between large corporations. Additionally, Mr. Fineran is an Adjunct Law Professor at the Loyola University College of Law, where he teaches Louisiana Civil Procedure. He is a co-author of Equity Research (Esq. Books 2011), a graduate-level finance textbook. 


Ms. Rice focuses on the Admiralty and Maritime Practice Area, working on all manner of cases involving admiralty issues, including Jones Act and personal injury defense, charter disputes, collisions, allisions and marine insurance. Ms. Rice also works in the diverse field of commercial litigation and on a range of cases involving product liability litigation. 

A.J. KROUSE TO SPEAK AT AAA/ICDR ARBITRATOR CONFERENCE

Frilot partner A.J. Krouse will present eDiscovery: What Every Arbitrator Needs to Know at the 2016 AAA/ICDR Arbitrator Conference being held in New Orleans on February 19 & 20, 2016. Since 99% of all information is now electronic, eEvidence is part of virtually every arbitration. All arbitrators are now confronted with eDiscovery issues. This presentation will provide basic eDiscovery and eEvidence topics to improve arbitrators' knowlege of this important topic. 


A.J. Krouse is a founding member of Frilot LLC, since 1995. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including health care, pharmaceuticals, construction, contract, employment, toxic tort, class actions/mass torts, product liability, environmental and energy issues and maritime law. He leads the firm's eDiscovery Practice Group, which offers clients innovative and pragmatic advice on managing electronically stored information (ESI) in class actions and other complex litigation. Mr. Krouse represents local, national and international corporations in complex commercial matters before trial and appellate courts and regulatory authorities. He also represents clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution and has been selected to arbitrate and mediate disputes for other litigants. 

FRILOT ANNOUNCES NEW ATTORNEY DYLAN LYNCH

(October 12, 2015) Frilot LLC is pleased to announce new attorney Dylan Lynch. Mr. Lynch will practice in the firm's Insurance Coverage, Trucking and Mass Tort & Class Actions Practice Areas. 

Mr. Lynch received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, graduating summa cum laude. After receiving his master's degree in politcal theory and graduating with honors, he moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law School. 

While in law school, Mr. Lynch clerked for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office and for Governor Jindal's Executive Counsel Thomas Enright in Baton Rouge. He graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in May of this year. 

FRILOT WINS JUDGMENT IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROPERTY/ SERVITUDE DISPUTE

Miles Clements and Ben Castoriano successfully prosecuted the claim of a local property owner against a Fortune 100 agricultural conglomerate (2014 revenues $40 billion). Frilot’s client filed suit seeking to enforce various rights under a Servitude Agreement, in particular its right to construct and operate a barge dock necessary to facilitate a refinery operation to be conducted by a lessee on its nearby property. The client’s servitude rights are valued in the tens of millions of dollars. 

Following a bench trial before Judge Helen G. Berrigan in the Eastern District of Louisiana, a judgment was entered in favor of Frilot’s client which allows Frilot’s client to construct its barge dock pursuant to the Servitude Agreement. Plaquemines Holdings, L.L.C. v. CHS, Inc., 2013 WL 6384219 (E.D.La. 2013). Judge Berrigan’s ruling was affirmed by the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Plaquemines Holdings, L.L.C. v. CHS, Inc., 597 Fed.Appx. 763 (5th Cir. 2015). 

The Frilot Commercial Litigation practice group is comprised of a number of talented lawyers who routinely handle litigation matters involving commercial leases, servitude agreements, real estate transactions, and a wide variety of other commercial property disputes. 

FRILOT WINS DEFENSE VERDICT IN ENVIRONMENTAL WHISTLEBLOWER CASE

Miles Clements and Heather McArthur successfully defended a maritime client against claims brought under the Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower Act. Plaintiff claimed he was terminated in retaliation for reporting an environmental violation, and sought treble damages for lost wages as well as emotional distress damages and attorneys' fees (allowed under the statute). 

After a jury trial before Judge Eldon E. Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the jury returned a verdict for the defense, finding that Plaintiff was not entitled to any of his requested relief and awarding him nothing. 

The Frilot Admiralty and Maritime practice group is comprised of a number of talented lawyers who handle litigation matters involving vessel owners and operators, oil companies, and oil field service companies, as well as domestic and international P & I clubs and insurers. Frilot's Energy & Environmental practice has experience in toxic torts, hazardous waste litigation, environmental contamination, chemical releases and long-latency occupational diseases. 

PAT O'LEARY ELECTED PARTNER OF THE FIRM

Frilot is pleased to announce Pat O'Leary as newly appointed partner to the firm. Pat O'Leary practices in the Admiralty & Maritime and Commercial Litigation areas. He handles a wide range of complex litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as in international arbitration. Mr. O'Leary received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law in 2006.

FRILOT WELCOMES TWO NEW PARTNERS TO THE FIRM

Frilot welcomes partners David Daly and Elliot Lonker to the firm. 

David S. Daly focuses his practice on the defense of professional liability claims and insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Daly has represented attorneys, insurance agents, and other professionals for over 20 years, and is often called upon for pre-suit advice and counsel by professionals who face potential ethical and liability issues. Mr. Daly graduated in 1991 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. Mr. Daly attended Southern Methodist University before attending law school. 

Elliot Lonker focuses in the area of Professional Liability. Mr. Lonker also practices in General Casualty Litigation, Insurance Coverage & Defense and Labor & Employment. Mr. Lonker represents attorneys before the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and is called upon for advice and counsel by attorneys who find themselves in pre-suit ethical and potential liability dilemmas. Mr. Lonker is a graduate of the University of Delaware and California Western School of Law in San Diego. Mr. Lonker is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Jefferson Parish Bar Association. 

A.J. KROUSE SPEAKING AT HEALTH CARE ARBITRATION

Frilot Partner, A.J. Krouse, will be presenting two lectures at the Health Care Arbitration on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. The first lecture, Process for Selecting an Arbitrator/Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure, will be on April 22nd at 9:15 am and the second lecture, Managing Electronic Discovery in Arbitration, will be on April 22nd at 3:30 pm. For more information on the Health Care Arbitration please visit: http://bit.ly/1GcSYgV

FRILOT ANNOUNCES NEW ATTORNEY ELIZABETH EMMETT

(January 6, 2015)  Frilot LLC is pleased to announce new attorney Elizabeth Emmett. Ms. Emmett will practice in the firm's Labor and Employment section. Ms. Emmett graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School. During law school, Ms. Emmett served as Managing Editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and had several articles published therein.

Prior to beginning her practice in the employment arena, Ms. Emmett served as law clerk to Justice James W. Smith of the Supreme Court of Mississippi. Before joining the firm, Ms. Emmett gained considerable experience representing nationwide retail employers in all phases of employment litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Ms. Emmett is active in the New Orleans community. She serves as a parent volunteer for Trinity Episcopal School and Church, is active with the Preservation Resource Center, and is Chair of the New Orleans University of Richmond Alumni Association. As a long-time supporter of the arts, Ms. Emmett is also a member of the New Orleans Ballet Association Bravo group.

DEFENSE BENCH TRIAL JUDGMENT FOR MURPHY OIL RENDERED ON DECEMBER 23, 2014

For the first time in the history of St. Bernard Parish, on June 10, 2003, there were multiple fires at two major oil refineries on the same day; one fire took place at Murphy’s Meraux refinery, while two other fires ensued at Chalmette Refining, LLC. The class action eventually settled against Murphy. However, the Bridges mass joinder lawsuit against Murphy (and not Chalmette Refinery), filed by Darleen Jacobs, eventually went to trial in the 34th JDC for over a year. According to the addresses provided by Plaintiffs in their POCs, at the time of the fire, 164 Plaintiffs were located between 2.2 miles and 5.8 miles from the fire. 

After ten years of protracted litigation during which Plaintiffs repeatedly refused to rest their case during trial, only 95 of the 164 named Plaintiffs testified before the Court on eight separate trial dates. 

The court found that the June 10, 2003 Murphy 'explosion'/fire was not the source of the complaints of the plaintiffs and that they had not met their burden of proof of causation. The court found that the Defendant's air modeling evidence was the most persuasive and convinced the court that the particulate matter did not reach the plaintiffs' neighborhood in Algiers during the time period at issue. 

Frilot partner, A.J. Krouse defended the case on behalf of Murphy Oil.