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38 years in a litigation practice that currently entails almost exclusively defense of oil related companies in high profile property contaminaiton lawsuits ("legacy lawsuits" as they are known in Louisiana).  Been with the same lawfirm the entire time.  Vice-President of the law firm, but would prefer to be in the court room as opposed ot the board room. 


Martindale Hubbell AV rated.  Acadiana Profile Best Lawyers of 2016 in two catagories: Environmental Law and Appellate Practice.


Litigation goal is to get the client out of the litigaiton as reasonably and quickly as possible.  Trials generally benefit two classes of people:  plaintiff lawyers and defense lawyers.  If we look upon the lawsuit as a business expense as opposed to a perosnal affront the results are usually more palatable.  Sometimes, reason goes out the window and then you try the case.


In addiiton to contamination cases, I enjoy the appellate practice very much.  If the case demands it, it can be of great assistence to have oyur appellate counsel at trial preparing the record for errors that may save the case on appeal.  90% of your appeal is won at the trial level.



I graduated from Louisiana State University and also attended the prestigious University of Vermont Environmental Law Center in 1989 for a concentrated course of study in Environmental Law, studying such topics as CERCLA, RCRA and Risk Assessment. I was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1979. I am  also admitted to practice before all of the Louisiana U.S. District Courts (Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana) and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. I am a member of the honor fraternity of Phi Kappa Phi and graduated from the Louisiana State University Law Center as a member of the Order of the Coif.  I was also a member of the LSU Law Center Moot Court Board. I am a member of the Lafayette Parish, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations as well as the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.


I started my legal career with the Onebane Law Firm in 1979, and hve been in practice with the firm since that time. As noted above, my current area of practice has concentrated on what has become known as “legacy lawsuits”. I represent both oil companies and operators in suits filed for restoration and money damages allegedly arising from contamination by the release of hydrocarbons, produced water, naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) and other harmful substances in conjunction with historic oil and gas operations. I am also representing defendants in various lawsuits filed claiming violation of the State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act of 1978.


I also head the Appellate Practice group in the firm and have significant experience in appeals and writ applications in a variety of areas.


The following is a sampling of cases of significance in which I have been involved: Diamond Crystal Salt Company v. Texaco, Inc. (damage claim for loss of salt mine due to collapse of drilling rig; represented Diamond Crystal Salt Company); Meredith v. Ieyoub (action challenging constitutionality of Louisiana Attorney General hiring private attorneys to sue oil and gas companies for environmental damages on contingency fee basis; represented Robert Meredith, et al, and the Louisiana Independent Oil & Gas Producers); American Waste and Pollution Control, Inc. v. Parish of St. Martinville (action challenging constitutionality of parish zoning ordinance prohibiting waste disposal facility within the Parish; represented American Waste and Pollution Control, Inc.); Motorola, Inc. v. Associated Indemnity Company.


I have lived in Lafayette, Louisiana since I joined the firm.  I am married to Cynthia Brasselle, and between us we have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.



Seminars and presentations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Lafayette Parish Bar Association (most recent - "The Sermon on the Amount: Legacy Lawsuits - Past, Present and Future"


Blended family, 5 kids, 4 grandkids and a wife I don;t deserve.  Enjoy home theater, audio and building and repairing computers. 


Life is good!

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  1. Environmental: 75%
  2. Appeals: 15%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 5%
  4. Insurance: 5%

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The Onebane Law Firm, APC

1200 Camellia Blvd Ste 300
Lafayette, LA, 70508

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
LAEligible to practice law197908/05/2016
ILActive Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to PracticeUnknown08/10/2016
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in Acadiana 2016Acadiana Profile Magazine2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder - Vice PresidentOnebane Law Firm1979 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Order of the CoifMemberN/A
Lafayette Parish Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Louisiana Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Meredith v. IeyoubWin at Louisiana Supreme Court.
Diamond Crystal Salt Company v. Texaco, Inc.Favorable settlement.
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Louisiana State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE By the HourThe Sermon on the Amount:2015